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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.

Back to the Jungle: WTO Faces Existential Threat in Times of Trump

Back to the Jungle: WTO Faces Existential Threat in Times of Trump

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has set his sights squarely on the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Even its critics are worried that without the organization, the world of trade would revert to the law of the jungle. By Martin Hesse more... Comment ]

Interview with U.S. Economist Larry Summers: 'The Very People Who Voted for Trump Will Suffer'

Interview with U.S. Economist Larry Summers: 'The Very People Who Voted for Trump Will Suffer'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2018

In an interview, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers discusses the escalation of trade tensions between his country, China and Europe and the harm President Trump's economic policies is likely to do to his own supporters. Interview Conducted By Tim Bartz more... Comment ]


A Princess, a Poisoning and an Oil Fortune: The Bizarre Corruption Scandal at Bilfinger

A Princess, a Poisoning and an Oil Fortune: The Bizarre Corruption Scandal at Bilfinger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 17, 2018

Bilfinger, one of Germany's best-known construction firms, pledged to clean up its global business practices as it pivoted to the oil sector. But when an investigator began digging into one of the company's deals in the Middle East, she suddenly fell ill - and things only got stranger from there. By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch and Jörg Schmitt more... Comment ]

French Finance Minister: 'Good News that Merkel Has Now Reacted'

French Finance Minister: 'Good News that Merkel Has Now Reacted'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 15, 2018

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, French Finance Minister Bruno La Maire, 49, demands that eurozone reform be pushed forward quickly. Otherwise, he fears, Europe won't be able to stand up to U.S. President Donald Trump. Interview Conducted by Christian Reiermann and Peter Müller more... Comment ]


Economic Trumpism: U.S. President Makes Life Tough for German Companies

Economic Trumpism: U.S. President Makes Life Tough for German Companies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 13, 2018

Seldom has an American president exploited the country's economic power to the degree the Trump administration has. Washington appears to be attacking German companies at every opportunity. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Diplomatic Tensions: Reception Grows Frosty for German Firms in Saudi Arabia

Diplomatic Tensions: Reception Grows Frosty for German Firms in Saudi Arabia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 25, 2018

Following diplomatic discord between Berlin and Riyadh, contracts for German businesses in Saudi Arabia have been drying up. Is the crown prince punishing them? By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]


'The Sale of Our Identity': C&A Family Member Discusses Firm's Uncertain Future

'The Sale of Our Identity': C&A Family Member Discusses Firm's Uncertain Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2018

They are one of Europe's richest families, and also extremely tight-lipped. With news of the company's potential sale, a member of the Brenninkmeijer family, which owns fashion retailer C&A, has come forward to address the rumors. Interview Conducted by Yasmin El-Sharif and Simone Salden more... Comment ]

The Trade Warrior: Donald Trump's Attack on German Prosperity

The Trade Warrior: Donald Trump's Attack on German Prosperity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 12, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump seems intent on launching a trade war. He is ignoring appeals to common sense coming from Europe and Asia, but one country stands to lose more than any other: Germany. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Currency Cold War: Donald Trump's Dangerous Game

Currency Cold War: Donald Trump's Dangerous Game

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2018

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 ]

A Monkey on Their Back: German Carmakers Have Lost All Moral Standing

A Monkey on Their Back: German Carmakers Have Lost All Moral Standing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 02, 2018

The scandal over exhaust experiments on monkeys shows just how unscrupulous Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler are when it comes to manipulating the public. Anything goes when it comes to diverting attention from the dangers inherent in diesel. By Frank Dohmen, Veronika Hackenbroch, Simon Hage, Nils Klawitter, Hannah Knuth and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]