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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 ]


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

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

May 06, 2015, 01:46 PM

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

April 10, 2015, 10:18 AM

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

April 09, 2015, 12:00 PM

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

April 01, 2015, 07:56 PM

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

April 01, 2015, 07:47 PM

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

April 01, 2015, 07:09 PM

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

April 01, 2015, 07:03 PM

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...

News Lab: Jeff Bezos Takes Washington Post into Digital Future

News Lab: Jeff Bezos Takes Washington Post into Digital Future

February 20, 2015, 01:14 PM

A spirit of enthusiasm has infused the office of the once troubled Washington Post following its purchase in August by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. He is turning the newspaper into a laboratory for the digital future. Can he save a sick industry? By Isabell Hülsen more... Comment ]

Draghi's Dangerous Bet: The Perils of a Weak Euro

Draghi's Dangerous Bet: The Perils of a Weak Euro

January 28, 2015, 11:08 AM

The recent decision by the European Central Bank to open the monetary floodgates has weakened the euro and is boosting the German economy. But the move increases the threat of turbulence on the financial markets and could trigger a currency war. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]