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Berlin Accomplices: The German Government's Role in the VW Scandal

Berlin Accomplices: The German Government's Role in the VW Scandal

November 06, 2015, 06:40 PM

Volkswagen's deceit goes well beyond diesel emissions. The company's fuel efficiency claims have also been revealed as fraudulent. But some of the guilt lies with a German government that did all it could to make life easy on automakers. By Hubert Gude, Dietmar Hawranek, Gerald Traufetter and Christian Wüst more... Comment ]


Opening Soon: Germans Race to Capture the Iranian Market

Opening Soon: Germans Race to Capture the Iranian Market

October 30, 2015, 05:08 PM

Ahead of the planned lifting of Western sanctions against Iran, businessmen from around the world are visiting the country, and as one group from Germany discovered, there is no shortage of opportunities. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

VW Tsunami: Falsified Emissions Push Company to Limits

VW Tsunami: Falsified Emissions Push Company to Limits

October 02, 2015, 05:59 PM

Volkswagen is struggling to come to terms with the vast emissions scandal of its own making. Lawsuits, official inquiries, a potential ratings downgrade: The company is facing myriad risks. The ultimate price tag could be in the tens of billions. By Dietmar Hawranek, Christoph Pauly and Barbara Schmid more... Comment ]


VW Scandal: Time for German Industry to Abandon Its Arrogance

VW Scandal: Time for German Industry to Abandon Its Arrogance

September 30, 2015, 12:01 PM

Arrogance and complacency are widespread in Germany industry, with Volkswagen becoming just the most recent example. For the German economy to remain healthy, fundamental changes are necessary. A Commentary by Armin Mahler more... Comment ]

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

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

August 20, 2015, 03:33 PM

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 ]


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

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

August 04, 2015, 01:11 PM

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

June 04, 2015, 04:03 PM

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?

May 22, 2015, 06:38 PM

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

May 19, 2015, 03:00 PM

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

May 18, 2015, 03:54 PM

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 ]