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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.

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 ]

Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles

Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2014

Germany has long had a reputation for excellent infrastructure. But in recent years, both public and private investment has dwindled dramatically, and officials are increasingly concerned about how to solve the problem. They have good reason to be worried. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Angry Germans: Big Projects Face Growing Resistance

Angry Germans: Big Projects Face Growing Resistance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 11, 2014

In recent years, a new protest culture has made it more difficult for to complete big infrastructure projects in Germany. Now leaders are growing increasingly frustrated with protesters' unwillingness to compromise, and worry they're endangering the country's future. By Sven Böll, Horand Knaup and Paul Middelhoff more... Comment ]

More Money Please: A New Plan to Boost Europe's Straggling Investments

More Money Please: A New Plan to Boost Europe's Straggling Investments

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2014

The euro crisis may have eased recently, but companies and countries in the common currency zone still aren't investing enough to fuel growth. The best solution, a Berlin economics institute argues, is to establish an EU-wide investment fund. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

'No Reason for Concern': Energy Exec Says Ukraine Crisis Not Bad for Business

'No Reason for Concern': Energy Exec Says Ukraine Crisis Not Bad for Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2014

The political crisis between Europe and Russia continues to worsen and sanctions are coming. But Johannes Teyssen, CEO of utility giant E.on is unconcerned. He says the Moscow-Berlin partnership has promoted peace on the continent and warns against gambling it away. An Interview by Frank Dohmen and Stefan Schultz more... Comment ]

Crisis Management: Europe Eyes Anglo-Saxon Model with Envy

Crisis Management: Europe Eyes Anglo-Saxon Model with Envy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2014

Should the European Central Bank follow the Anglo-Saxon model and buy up vast quantities of sovereign bonds in attempt to finally overcome the euro crisis? ECB head Mario Draghi is under pressure to act now. But what are his options? By Henrik Müller more... Comment ]