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International: Business archive

Corporation Carte Blanche: Will US-EU Trade Become Too Free?

Corporation Carte Blanche: Will US-EU Trade Become Too Free?

January 23, 2014, 01:54 PM

Opposition to the planned new trans-Atlantic free trade agreement is growing. So far, criticism has focused on the fact that the deal seems directed exclusively at economic interests. Now fears are growing that corporations will be given too much power. By Michaela Schiessl more... Comment ]


Brand Expansion: China's Race to Conquer World Markets

Brand Expansion: China's Race to Conquer World Markets

January 08, 2014, 04:38 PM

Chinese firms have embarked on a quest to conquer the world market. Several have already done so, with the help of Western know-how. Established rivals are making the mistake of underestimating them -- until it's too late. By Wieland Wagner more... Comment ]


Brand Expert Interview: 'The Chinese Have the Necessary Vision'

Brand Expert Interview: 'The Chinese Have the Necessary Vision'

January 08, 2014, 04:37 PM

Twenty years ago, China exported six cars. Last year it exported a million. Marketing expert Nirmalya Kumar speaks to SPIEGEL about the impending global ascent of brands from emerging economies. more... Comment ]

Super Subs: The German Defense Industry Discovers Asia

Super Subs: The German Defense Industry Discovers Asia

January 07, 2014, 04:46 PM

The German defense industry is increasingly looking to Asia as a growing market for its products. Conflicts in the Far East have led to a demand for the kind of giant -- and expensive -- submarines that come from shipyards in northern Germany. By Otfried Nassauer and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

Conflict of Interest? Ex-Merkel Deputy's Career Move Under Fire

Conflict of Interest? Ex-Merkel Deputy's Career Move Under Fire

January 03, 2014, 01:09 PM

News organizations are reporting that Angela Merkel's recently departed chief of staff may be heading to German national railway Deutsche Bahn. The move has sparked calls for a ban on government officials from moving to the private sector so quickly. more... Comment ]

Not Fit for the Next Crisis: Europe's Brittle Banking Union

Not Fit for the Next Crisis: Europe's Brittle Banking Union

December 19, 2013, 01:59 PM

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has negotiated a European banking union suited perfectly to his country's tastes. It looks like a victory, but it could prove to be very expensive if Europe or Germany face another financial crisis. An Analysis By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

On Standby: Kassel's 270 Million Euro Airport to Nowhere

On Standby: Kassel's 270 Million Euro Airport to Nowhere

December 12, 2013, 03:14 PM

A regional airport that opened six months ago in the German city of Kassel has close to 140 employees, but no scheduled flights this winter. Everyday operations are legally required, even as the facility hemorrhages money. By Philipp Alvares de Souza Soares more... Comment ]

EU Wrangling: Berlin Plays It Safe on Banking Union

EU Wrangling: Berlin Plays It Safe on Banking Union

December 11, 2013, 03:15 PM

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble met with his EU colleagues until midnight on Tuesday to discuss Europe's planned banking union. Berlin is playing it safe in the talks, but its hesitancy threatens to derail the project's core ambitions. By Gregor Peter Schmitz more...

Cartel Power: Megabanks Gain Ground Despite Fines

Cartel Power: Megabanks Gain Ground Despite Fines

December 10, 2013, 12:20 PM

Authorities around the world are taking action against large banks for questionable practices including collusion and rate manipulation, but the power of these financial institutions continues to grow. Germany's Deutsche Bank in particular finds itself under fire. By Sven Böll, Martin Hesse, Christoph Pauly and Anne Seith more... Comment ]

Weapons of Last Resort: ECB Considers Extreme Crisis Measures

Weapons of Last Resort: ECB Considers Extreme Crisis Measures

December 05, 2013, 01:12 PM

The European Central Bank wants to spur lending by banks in Southern Europe, but conventional methods have shown little success so far. On Thursday, ECB officials will consider monetary weapons that were previously considered taboo. more...