More Arrests: Greece Makes Progress on Arms Deal Corruption

More Arrests: Greece Makes Progress on Arms Deal Corruption

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2014

Greek prosecutors last week arrested two more people suspected of having taken bribes from German armaments firms during the last decade. The detentions are the latest in the country's intensified efforts to go after corrupt, high-ranking officials. more... Comment ]

Record Trade: German Exports Reach All-Time High

Record Trade: German Exports Reach All-Time High

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2013

German exports have hit a new record, reaching €99.1 billion in October. There is little reason for renewed criticism of German economic policy, however, because imports grew at an even greater pace. more... Comment ]

Surplus Debate: Berlin's Export Whining Shows Double Standard

Surplus Debate: Berlin's Export Whining Shows Double Standard

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2013

The European Commission is taking a closer look at Germany's export surplus and might punish the country. Economic leaders and politicians in Berlin are incensed, but Germany cannot dictate rules to the rest of Europe and then fail to stick to them itself. A Commentary by Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Economic Doghouse: Complaints about German Exports Unfounded

Economic Doghouse: Complaints about German Exports Unfounded

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2013

The US government and European Commission are complaining bitterly about Germany's hefty trade surplus and export orientation. But such criticism fails to consider how much the country's partners benefit from its competitive strength. By Alexander Jung, Christian Reiermann and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Lethal Exports: EU Riled by US Death Penalty Drug Controversy

Lethal Exports: EU Riled by US Death Penalty Drug Controversy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

The possibility that a common anesthesia drug may soon be used in the United States to execute death-row inmates is causing problems for European pharmaceutical companies. They worry the European Union may soon impose sanctions. By Charly Wilder more... Comment ]

'More Boldness': Merkel in Pre-Vote Dispute over Arms Exports

'More Boldness': Merkel in Pre-Vote Dispute over Arms Exports

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2013

An internal paper indicates Chancellor Merkel's conservatives want Germany to increase arms exports, a move strictly opposed by her coalition partners. Foreign Minister Westerwelle struck back this week, highlighting a government spat just days before the election. By Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

The Reluctant Giant: Why Germany Shuns Its Global Role

The Reluctant Giant: Why Germany Shuns Its Global Role

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2013

The world admires Germany and would like to see more active engagement from the country. But Germans themselves are reluctant and Chancellor Merkel has steered clear of taking on more global responsibility. Berlin should rethink its role in the world. An Essay by Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

Solar Strife: EU Fires First Shot in Trade War with China

Solar Strife: EU Fires First Shot in Trade War with China

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2013

The European Commission on Tuesday announced it was imposing tariffs on Chinese solar panels in response to "price dumping." China has previously warned it would retaliate. The escalating trade war can only have one loser: Germany. By Christoph Pauly and Melanie Amann more... Comment ]

Angela Merkel on Europe: 'We Are All in the Same Boat'

Angela Merkel on Europe: 'We Are All in the Same Boat'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 03, 2013

In a SPIEGEL interview, Chancellor Angela Merkel discusses Germany's power in the euro crisis and explains why the country exports weapons to authoritarian regimes like Saudi Arabia. more... Comment ]

Made in Germany: Berlin Under Fire for Tank Deal with Cairo

Made in Germany: Berlin Under Fire for Tank Deal with Cairo

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 27, 2013

Berlin is once again in hot water over its arms export policy, having authorized the shipment of armored vehicles that were used to fatally crush peaceful demonstrators in Cairo. Tanks manufactured in Egypt under license by a German contractor have also ended up in war-torn countries. By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

'Passed from War to War': Germany's Small Arms Exports Double

'Passed from War to War': Germany's Small Arms Exports Double

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 27, 2013

German machine guns and other small arms are more popular than they have been for years, with exports spiking dramatically despite "strict" trading standards, a media report said on Monday. more... Comment ]