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Left Behind: Germany's Race to Catch Up in the Startup World

Left Behind: Germany's Race to Catch Up in the Startup World

March 27, 2017, 11:44 AM

Although it is a business powerhouse, Germany's economy is dominated by pre-internet companies. Now the country is realizing that if it wants to remain strong, it needs to create the next Google -- and reinvent the way its entrepreneurs work. By Martin Hesse, Armin Mahler and Ann-Kathrin Nezik more... Comment ]


Neo-Nationalism in the U.S. and UK: Germany Prepares for Coming Tax Battle

Neo-Nationalism in the U.S. and UK: Germany Prepares for Coming Tax Battle

February 15, 2017, 04:14 PM

Ahead of the G-20 meeting in Baden-Baden in mid-March, threats from the U.S. and Britain to discard the international tax framework promise to dominate discussion. Germany is already planning countermeasures. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

The Electric Shock: E-Mobility Gets Existential for German Carmakers

The Electric Shock: E-Mobility Gets Existential for German Carmakers

January 21, 2017

The automobile of the future drives autonomously and runs on batteries. Daimler, VW and BMW, which have waited dangerously long to join the trend, are on the verge of the biggest upheaval in their history. Can the reboot succeed? By Simon Hage and Dietmar Hawranek more... Comment ]


Football Leaks Money Trail: The Profligate, Profitable World of Sports Agents

Football Leaks Money Trail: The Profligate, Profitable World of Sports Agents

December 16, 2016, 10:05 AM

With massive amounts of money flowing into professional football, sports agents are making a killing. They cash in on colossal commissions and the money often ends up in tax havens like the British Virgin Islands. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Unchained: The Man Behind Football Leaks

Unchained: The Man Behind Football Leaks

December 12, 2016, 12:47 PM

Where did the largest leak in the history of sports come from? An encounter with the man who exposed the tax tricks and murky business practices inside the business of football. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Asleep at the Wheel: German Leaders at Odds with Industry over Electric Cars

Asleep at the Wheel: German Leaders at Odds with Industry over Electric Cars

December 01, 2016, 03:28 PM

The government in Berlin fears that German automobile companies are lagging behind as electric cars pick up speed around the world. Faced with immense challenges and the potential loss of tens of thousands of jobs, the industry is still pushing its gas guzzlers. By Horand Knaup, Michael Sauga and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

The Deutsche Bank Downfall: How a Pillar of German Banking Lost Its Way

The Deutsche Bank Downfall: How a Pillar of German Banking Lost Its Way

October 28, 2016, 11:02 AM

For most of its 146 years, Deutsche Bank was the embodiment of German values: reliable and safe. Now, the once-proud institution is facing the abyss. SPIEGEL tells the story of how Deutsche's 1990s rush to join the world banking elite paved the way for its own downfall. By Ullrich Fichtner, Hauke Goos and Martin Hesse more... Comment ]


The Hate Factory: When Free Speech and German Law Collide on Facebook

The Hate Factory: When Free Speech and German Law Collide on Facebook

October 06, 2016, 06:09 PM

American authorities are fining companies like Volkswagen and Deutsche Bank billions of dollars for violating the law. In Germany, though, where Facebook is allowing mass violations of hate speech legislation, the government is letting the social media platform get away scot-free. By Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

Dieselgate in Europe: How Officials Ignored Years of Emissions Evidence

Dieselgate in Europe: How Officials Ignored Years of Emissions Evidence

August 19, 2016, 11:31 AM

When American authorities revealed that Volkswagen used software to trick pollution tests, it spurred widespread outrage. Documents obtained by SPIEGEL show that European officials knew about the deception for years -- but didn't act on it. By Markus Becker and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]


Crowding Out the Locals: Are Weekend Trips Ruining Europe's Cities?

Crowding Out the Locals: Are Weekend Trips Ruining Europe's Cities?

August 04, 2016, 02:57 PM

Short city trips have become a national pastime for Germans and other Europeans. But the things that delight tourists elicit groans from locals in cities like Berlin, Prague and Barcelona. With residents under pressure, protests are growing. By Dinah Deckstein and Alexander Kühn more... Comment ]