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'We Read Best on Paper': Cultural Resistance Hobbles German E-Book Market

'We Read Best on Paper': Cultural Resistance Hobbles German E-Book Market

April 13, 2012, 10:10 AM

Compared to the booming e-book market in the US, Germany's digital book sales are dismal. A set of cultural and economic factors mean that even in a country known for its bibliophilia, the technology will take a long time to catch on. By Aaron Wiener more...


Monitoring the Opposition: Siemens Allegedly Sold Surveillance Gear to Syria

Monitoring the Opposition: Siemens Allegedly Sold Surveillance Gear to Syria

April 11, 2012, 01:18 PM

German engineering giant Siemens and a spinoff company allegedly sold surveillance technology to the Syrian regime, according to a German television report. The government could be using the equipment to crack down on opposition supporters, human rights activists warn. more... Comment ]


Renault's Revolution: Tiny Twizy Sets E-Mobility World Atwitter

Renault's Revolution: Tiny Twizy Sets E-Mobility World Atwitter

April 11, 2012, 10:58 AM

It's even smaller than Daimler's Smart and runs entirely on electric power. Renault's new Twizy shows the limits of E-mobility technology and may be the perfect city vehicle. But at almost 8,000 euros without doors or battery, the price tag isn't nearly as small as the car itself. By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]

Trench Warfare in Frankfurt: Conflict Erupts as Deutsche Bank Charts Its Future

Trench Warfare in Frankfurt: Conflict Erupts as Deutsche Bank Charts Its Future

April 10, 2012, 05:46 PM

Incoming Deutsche Bank chiefs Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen are making short work of the Josef Ackermann era. While shareholders are ecstatic, German politicians and regulators are more wary of their leadership. Top managers are waging an unseemly battle for influence. By Martin Hesse and Anne Seith more...

Hunting For WWII Duds: German Firm Uses Aerial Photos to Find Bombs

Hunting For WWII Duds: German Firm Uses Aerial Photos to Find Bombs

April 09, 2012, 02:35 PM

A small German firm offers a unique service to the country's construction industry: It uses historical British and American aerial photography from World War II air strikes to determine the location of unexploded bombs. Thousands of tons of bombs still lie in the soil and the duds are becoming more dangerous. By Andrew Curry in Würzburg, Germany more... Comment ]

German Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer: 'Frankfurt Will Remain an International Hub'

German Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer: 'Frankfurt Will Remain an International Hub'

April 09, 2012, 01:01 PM

A German federal court recently upheld a ban on night flights at Frankfurt Airport, Germany's busiest airport and a major European hub. In a SPIEGEL interview, German Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer brushes off claims that the ban will hurt Germany's attractiveness as a business location. more... Comment ]

Confusion at the Pumps: Big Oil's Strategy for Jacking Up Gas Prices

Confusion at the Pumps: Big Oil's Strategy for Jacking Up Gas Prices

April 05, 2012, 05:48 PM

Prices at German gas pumps oscillate wildly, sometimes changing several times a day. The rises and falls are far from random, however. Studies and market observers say it is an attempt by big oil to ratchet up the cost of a fill-up as high as possible. By Alexander Jung and Alexander Neubacher more... Comment ]

Twilight of an Industry: Bankruptcies Have German Solar on the Ropes

Twilight of an Industry: Bankruptcies Have German Solar on the Ropes

April 03, 2012, 03:57 PM

The German solar industry is at a turning point. The bankruptcy of Q-Cells this week shows that the days of German solar cell production are numbered. Asian competitors took the lead years ago, and German government subsidies were part of the problem. By Stefan Schultz more... Comment ]

A World without Oil: Companies Prepare for a Fossil-Free Future

A World without Oil: Companies Prepare for a Fossil-Free Future

April 02, 2012, 03:59 PM

Drivers may hate rising gas prices, but some companies are delighted as they watch the oil price soar. Firms like BMW and Airbus which are leaders in fuel efficiency actually benefit from expensive oil. They are just two of a growing number of companies that are already developing technologies for a post-fossil-fuel world. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

US Holocaust Legislation: German National Railway Fears Flood of Lawsuits

US Holocaust Legislation: German National Railway Fears Flood of Lawsuits

April 02, 2012, 12:36 PM

Germany's national railway, Deutsche Bahn, has hired a law firm and PR agency in the United States to prepare for legislation being considered by Congress that would allow Holocaust survivors to sue European railway companies for damages in American courts. Deutsche Bahn fears victims could sue for millions if the legislation passes. more... Comment ]