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Made in Germany

From the West Germany economic miracle of the 1950s to Daimler, Siemens and BASF, Germany has chugged its way into the new century on the back of its export economy. A beneficiary of free trade within Europe, Germany has the continent's largest economy and the fourth largest in the world.

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

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2017

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 New Age of Protectionism: Trump's Attack on Germany and the Global Economy

The New Age of Protectionism: Trump's Attack on Germany and the Global Economy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump wants to stimulate the American economy, but he has shown no interest in existing trade deals or in the basic rules of economics. It is a dangerous cocktail for German industry. more... Comment ]


Tumultuous Times: 'Political Uncertainty Has Doubled Around the World'

Tumultuous Times: 'Political Uncertainty Has Doubled Around the World'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2017

In an interview, Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom, 43, discusses the era of political uncertainty that has been unleashed with Donald Trump's presidency and Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Interview Conducted by Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Ballooning Surplus: Germany Prepares for Trade Conflict with Trump

Ballooning Surplus: Germany Prepares for Trade Conflict with Trump

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2016

Germany's current account surplus is higher than ever before and the country is concerned that it could become a target of US president-elect Donald Trump's ire as a result. Berlin is already making preparations for the possible conflict. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]


Sheikh Up: Qatari Investors Eyeing Control of Deutsche Bank

Sheikh Up: Qatari Investors Eyeing Control of Deutsche Bank

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2016

Strategic errors, massive fines and attacks by speculators have created a major crisis for Germany's most important bank. Now, investors from Qatar, who already own some 10 percent of Deutsche Bank, are considering taking control. By Martin Hesse and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

VW Tsunami: Falsified Emissions Push Company to Limits

VW Tsunami: Falsified Emissions Push Company to Limits

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2015

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 ]


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

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

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 20, 2015

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 ]

Buying Better: The Impossible Challenge of Ethical Shopping

Buying Better: The Impossible Challenge of Ethical Shopping

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2015

Many consumers are intimidated by calls to buy smartly and sustainably. Now a handful of activists and big companies are trying to make ethical purchasing go mainstream -- but they'll have to change the way we think. By Markus Brauck, Dietmar Hawranek, Simone Salden and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


EU Banking Stress Tests: 'Far-Reaching Reforms Are Needed'

EU Banking Stress Tests: 'Far-Reaching Reforms Are Needed'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2014

On Sunday, Europe will release the results of its banking stress tests. In an interview, former PIMCO head Mohamed El-Erian speaks with SPIEGEL about what to expect and how Europe's core countries are failing to adequately confront a flagging economy. Interview Conducted by Martin Hesse more... Comment ]

Out of Balance? Criticism of Germany Grows as Economy Stalls

Out of Balance? Criticism of Germany Grows as Economy Stalls

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2014

The latest indicators suggest Germany's once buzzing economy is beginning to stall. The development has created a serious dilemma for Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Critics say spurring growth is more important than his goal of a balanced budget. By Horand Knaup and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]