Stagnation Stress: German Exporters Expect Bleak Future

Stagnation Stress: German Exporters Expect Bleak Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 23, 2013

Companies in Germany that rely on exports are becoming increasingly concerned about the future of the country's economy, according to a new industry survey. The downturn in optimism is yet another indication that Europe may be in for a period of extended stagnation. more... Comment ]

Looking Beyond Europe: German Firms Wary of Euro Zone

Looking Beyond Europe: German Firms Wary of Euro Zone

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Hope in the Euro Zone: Crisis-Hit Countries May Have Turned the Corner

Hope in the Euro Zone: Crisis-Hit Countries May Have Turned the Corner

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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... Comment ]

Erste Sitzung nach Sommerpause: Kabinett vereinfacht Exportrecht

Erste Sitzung nach Sommerpause: Kabinett vereinfacht Exportrecht

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 15, 2012

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 ]

Arming the World for Peace: Merkel's Risky Weapons Exports

Arming the World for Peace: Merkel's Risky Weapons Exports

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Weapons Exports: German Arms Firms Seek Cooperation with India

Weapons Exports: German Arms Firms Seek Cooperation with India

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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... Comment ]

Worrying New Data: Euro Crisis Reaches German Industry

Worrying New Data: Euro Crisis Reaches German Industry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Economic Worries: Euro Crisis Hits German Exports

Economic Worries: Euro Crisis Hits German Exports

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Growth at Risk: Slow Pace of Reform Threatens German Prosperity

Growth at Risk: Slow Pace of Reform Threatens German Prosperity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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... Comment ]

Weapons Exports: EU Nations Sell the Most Arms to Saudi Arabia

Weapons Exports: EU Nations Sell the Most Arms to Saudi Arabia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...