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Currency Cold War: Donald Trump's Dangerous Game

Currency Cold War: Donald Trump's Dangerous Game

February 14, 2018, 12:40 PM

Despite a booming economy, U.S. President Donald Trump is calling for a weaker dollar, a move that threatens to jeopardize Europe's fragile economic upswing. There's very little the European Central Bank can do to fight back. By Tim Bartz and Martin Hesse more... Comment ]


50 Percent for 5 Percent: A Look at Germany's Extremely Unequal Wealth Distribution

50 Percent for 5 Percent: A Look at Germany's Extremely Unequal Wealth Distribution

January 26, 2018, 05:17 PM

European Central Bank statistics show that wealth distribution in Germany is extremely unequal. But a new analysis by the German Institute for Economic Research shows that the situation is even worse than initially thought. By Florian Diekmann more... Comment ]

The Same, But Different: Eastern Europeans Tire of Being Sold Inferior Products

The Same, But Different: Eastern Europeans Tire of Being Sold Inferior Products

December 13, 2017, 03:54 PM

Why does Nutella in Hungary contain less cocoa than the same chocolate spread in Germany? Why do fish sticks in Prague have less fish? Eastern European are tired of being served inferior products -- and the EU is finally addressing the issue. By Nils Klawitter more... Comment ]


Brown Coal, Fool's Gold: Can Germany Break Its Lignite Habit?

Brown Coal, Fool's Gold: Can Germany Break Its Lignite Habit?

November 22, 2017, 05:48 PM

Can Germany finally turn its back on brown coal? It will have to in order to reach its CO2 reduction pledges. But lignite is a reliable source of cheap energy and provides lots of jobs in economically fragile regions. By Benedikt Becker, Frank Dohmen, Gerald Traufetter and Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

Custom Brewed Lifestyle: The Booming Coffee Industry and Those It's Left Behind

Custom Brewed Lifestyle: The Booming Coffee Industry and Those It's Left Behind

November 13, 2017, 11:46 AM

For decades, coffee was about as exciting as washing powder and detergent. But today it has become a lifestyle statement. The bean boom, though, hides the brutal economic realities behind coffee production. By DER SPIEGEL staff more... Comment ]


Game for the Wealthy: The Ongoing Battle against Tax Havens

Game for the Wealthy: The Ongoing Battle against Tax Havens

November 10, 2017, 06:04 PM

The Paradise Papers offer only the most recent look into the widespread practice of tax avoidance. Governments around the world have taken steps recently to block such strategies, but it is unclear whether they will ultimately be successful. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Digital Darwinism: We Need New Rules for the Internet Economy

Digital Darwinism: We Need New Rules for the Internet Economy

November 03, 2017, 06:12 PM

Antitrust laws only go so far when addressing companies that don't produce any physical goods. It is time to negotiate a new set of rules. Otherwise, our future economy will be dominated by just a few companies. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Armin Mahler more... Comment ]


Out of Nowhere: The Three Students Who Uncovered 'Dieselgate'

Out of Nowhere: The Three Students Who Uncovered 'Dieselgate'

October 23, 2017, 10:26 AM

The diesel emissions scandal has already cost Volkswagen 25 billion euros, and no end is in sight. But how did it start? In a corrugated iron shack in the forests of West Virginia, discovered by a trio of university students. By Philipp Oehmke more... Comment ]

Airbus Corruption Scandal: A Golden Handshake Worth 80 Million Euros

Airbus Corruption Scandal: A Golden Handshake Worth 80 Million Euros

October 19, 2017, 06:23 PM

In the Airbus corruption scandal, CEO Airbus has pointed the finger at a Paris-based sales division. But according to information obtained by DER SPIEGEL, he authorized an 80-million-euro severance package for the former head of that division, Jean-Paul Gut. By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Dinah Deckstein, Gunther Latsch, Jörg Schmitt and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]


Exploring the 'Bullshit Castle': Airbus Corruption Scandal May Lead Straight to the Top

Exploring the 'Bullshit Castle': Airbus Corruption Scandal May Lead Straight to the Top

October 09, 2017, 11:47 AM

A potentially vast corruption scandal threatens to overrun Airbus, with a Paris-based sales group suspected of having paid bribes around the world. German CEO Tom Enders is leading the clean-up effort, but documents reveal that he might not be as spotless as he claims. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]