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Definitely medicine. The conditions after a PhD are as bad as you read. These are no exaggerations. If you complete a degree in medicine you would still have the option to get into research by doing a "real" PhD (Dr. rer nat) in neuroscience afterwards instead of the common Dr. med, but with the huge advantage that you can always work as a normal doctor if things don't work out after the PhD. As you said, medicine is still a job guarantee in Germany. If you go for neurosciences and things are not working out you are pretty much screwed and left with little options.
For industry, a PhD is probably rather an obstacle. It maybe helps you to get some positions at the very top but entering the job market will be so much harder, especially when you are quite old until you finished the PhD (for UK standards). If a long-term position in academia is not desired, I would not recommend to do a PhD. They probably just search for a way to keep you cheap.
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