Ready for Take-Off: China Steers Course Between Prestige and Profit

Ready for Take-Off: China Steers Course Between Prestige and Profit

China's slowing economy has German industry worried about its exports to Asia. But as it goes about beefing up the transportation sector, the country poses a completely different threat in the longer-term. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


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Office Beasts Venomous Employees a €10 Billion Problem in Germany

Office Beasts: Venomous Employees a €10 Billion Problem in Germany

They lie, they manipulate and they pick fights: Some colleagues are ruthless, especially when it comes to their own professional advancement. These toxic workers also create a €10 billion headache for German companies, a new book claims. By Martin U. Müller more... Comment ]


Trans-Atlantic Ties It's Time To Rebuild Trust

Trans-Atlantic Ties: It's Time To Rebuild Trust

Germany and the United States have close relations politically, but ties between our people are drifting as a result of NSA spying, the report on CIA torture and the planned TTIP trade agreement. A broader dialogue is necessary to deepen the partnership. A Commentary By Karen Donfried and Wolfgang Ischinger more... Comment ]


Cyber-Attack Warning Could Hackers Bring Down a Plane?

Cyber-Attack Warning: Could Hackers Bring Down a Plane?

For years, hackers have been warning that passenger jets are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Airlines and plane manufacturers have largely ignored the risks, but recent events are leading German authorities and pilots to take the threats extremely seriously. By Marcel Rosenbach and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Upwardly Mobile Postmates Readies for Battle with Tech Giants

Upwardly Mobile: Postmates Readies for Battle with Tech Giants

Founded by German entrepreneur Bastian Lehmann, on-demand courier service Postmates is going head-to-head with Uber and Amazon. The company has big ambitions but faces stiff competition. By Thomas Schulz in San Francisco more... Comment ]

An Eye To Iran European Businesses Prepare for Life After Sanctions

An Eye To Iran: European Businesses Prepare for Life After Sanctions

In Germany, officials believe Iran has investment needs of $100 billion per year. German companies are eager to rebuild ties and business in a lucrative market once a nuclear deal is reached and sanctions lifted. By Martin Hesse, Susanne Koelbl and Michael Sauga more... Comment ]

Blood Feud Behind the Scenes of Volkswagen's Dynastic Battle

Blood Feud: Behind the Scenes of Volkswagen's Dynastic Battle

Six words recently inflamed a decades-long battle between the two families behind Volkswagen and Porsche. It underscored how dangerous the dynasty has become for Germany's largest carmaker and how the company threatens to grow out of touch. By Dietmar Hawranek and Dirk Kurbjuweit more...

Tourism Troubles Berlin Cracks Down on Vacation Rentals

Tourism Troubles: Berlin Cracks Down on Vacation Rentals

Last year, Berlin passed a law banning unregistered vacation rentals in the city because of a shortage of residential housing. A sharp increase in tourism and the popularity of renting private apartments is exacerbating a serious problem. By Ann-Kathrin Nezik in Berlin more... Comment ]

One Port, Two Worlds China Seeks Dominance in Athens Harbor

One Port, Two Worlds: China Seeks Dominance in Athens Harbor

A Chinese executive with shipping company Cosco has helped transform part of Athen's Port of Piraeus into a success story. The multinational firm now has a controversial plan to acquire the whole facility and put it on track to join the ranks of Hamburg and Rotterdam. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Conflict 7 Europe Isn't The Center of Focus

Conflict 7: Europe Isn't The Center of Focus

An aim of IMI was to make the European pharmaceutical industry more competitive. But as the Combacte project shows, the real beneficiaries were often meant to be elsewhere. more...

Conflict 6 IMI Rules Come With Hitches

Conflict 6: IMI Rules Come With Hitches

IMI is hoping to bring together representatives of industry, small- and medium-sized businesses and academics -- but in doing so, it is alienating many universities in Europe. Mid-sized research institutes are also having a tough time. more...

Conflict 5 Patients Are Becoming Lobbyists for the Industry

Conflict 5: Patients Are Becoming Lobbyists for the Industry

Few IMI projects are more controversial: Patient representatives are schooled in EUPATI in order to better understand the development of medicines. But critics fear this could lead to prohibited influence. more...

Conflict 4 IMI Research Diverges from WHO Goals

Conflict 4: IMI Research Diverges from WHO Goals

IMI's research projects are intended to create the medicines that are most essential to mankind. But instead of following WHO's priorities, IMI often pursues the pharmaceutical industry's agenda. more...