- April 18, 2013
A new survey of small and medium-sized companies in Germany finds that they are losing interest in the euro zone. Instead, they are placing their bets on countries even further afield, especially fast-growing emerging economies. By David Böcking more...
- August 29, 2012
The euro zone's crisis-hit countries are becoming more competitive, according to a new German study. Wage costs are down, and the countries are reducing their trade imbalances. Painful reforms appear to be slowly bearing fruit, and the euro zone might even return to growth next year. more... [ Forum ]
Ein neues Gesetz soll deutsche Firmen im europäischen Wettbewerb stärken und das 50 Jahre alte Exportrecht vereinfachen. Die Modernisierung wurde vom Kabinett beschlossen. Die Ausfuhr von Kriegswaffen wird dagegen nicht erleichtert. Die Grünen kritisierten den Entwurf dennoch. mehr... [ Forum ]
- July 30, 2012
Drawing lessons from Afghanistan and Libya, German Chancellor Merkel has been making quiet changes to Berlin's arms exports policy. Instead of intervening in conflicts, she wants to help arm certain countries to provide stability in crisis regions. But if history is any guide, the plan could backfire. By Ulrike Demmer, Ralf Neukirch and Holger Stark more...
- July 18, 2012
India is among the world's biggest buyers of weapons -- and the German defense industry wants in on the bonanza. Parliamentarians in Berlin, though, believe that companies are skirting export restrictions to do so -- and that Chancellor Merkel's government is simply looking the other way. By Hasnain Kazim in Islamabad more... [ Forum ]
- June 21, 2012
German companies believe the euro crisis has damaged their prospects for growth in 2012, according to new figures released on Thursday. Manufacturing activity hit a three-year low and export orders have also seen a sharp drop. The data suggest the crisis is starting to hit the previously robust German economy. more...
- June 08, 2012
The German economy has seemed surprisingly resistant to the ill effects of Europe's financial crisis. But an April drop in exports suggests that Europe's largest economy may not be immune after all. more...
- March 26, 2012
Germany may like to present itself internationally as a model of modern economic policy, but in reality much-needed domestic reforms have been stalled for years. The OECD has warned that German prosperity may be at risk if Berlin doesn't take action. By Sven Böll and Christian Reiermann more... [ Forum ]
- March 19, 2012
European nations appear to be disregarding EU weapons export regulations by selling military equipment and technology licenses to Saudi Arabia, according to information obtained by SPIEGEL. Taken together, the controversial deals make the EU the world's biggest exporter of weapons to the country. more...
- February 24, 2012
After violating European Union deficit rules in recent years, Germany's budget shortfall in 2011 plunged to just 1 percent of gross domestic product, well below the 3 percent limit. The economic outlook for 2012 may be improving as well. more...