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The World All Over

What happens in Hong Kong reverberates in Frankfurt, Cairo and Quito. The interconnectedness of markets, information, culture and policy doesn't stop at borders. Germany, along with its euro-zone partners, has been the beneficiary of a globalized economy.

A Turning Point for Globalization: Inequality, Market Chaos and Angry Voters

A Turning Point for Globalization: Inequality, Market Chaos and Angry Voters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 17, 2016

Resistance is growing in industrialized countries to the problems caused by globalization and free trade. Populists like Donald Trump have promised relief by erecting new barriers to unhindered trade. But it is a dangerous path. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Free Tradeoffs: TTIP is Flawed -- But Necessary

Free Tradeoffs: TTIP is Flawed -- But Necessary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2016

The planned TTIP free trade agreement between Europe and the United States has generated significant backlash for good reasons. But it's time for Europeans to get on board, or risk being left behind. A Commentary By Michael Sauga more...


The TTIPing Point: Protests Threaten Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal

The TTIPing Point: Protests Threaten Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2016

An unprecedented protest movement of a scope not seen since the Iraq war in Germany has pushed negotiations over the TTIP trans-Atlantic free trade agreement to the brink of collapse. The demonstrations are characterized by a level of professionalism not previously seen. By Dinah Deckstein, Simone Salden and Michaela Schießl more... Comment ]

US Commerce Secretary on TTIP: 'Our Administration Wants a Deal This Year'

US Commerce Secretary on TTIP: 'Our Administration Wants a Deal This Year'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2016

As she visits Germany with US President Obama, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is making a push for the TTIP trans-Atlantic free trade agreement. "Our administration wants a deal," she says in an interview, at the same time defending secrecy. By Veit Medick in Washington, DC more... Comment ]


One Port, Two Worlds: China Seeks Dominance in Athens Harbor

One Port, Two Worlds: China Seeks Dominance in Athens Harbor

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 09, 2015

A Chinese executive with shipping company Cosco has helped transform part of Athen's Port of Piraeus into a success story. The multinational firm now has a controversial plan to acquire the whole facility and put it on track to join the ranks of Hamburg and Rotterdam. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Free Trade Faults: Europeans Fear Wave of Litigation from US Firms

Free Trade Faults: Europeans Fear Wave of Litigation from US Firms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 26, 2015

With broad public resistance and a European Parliament majority against it, EU officials are rethinking their positions on the proposed free-trade agreement with Washington. Many fear investor protection rules will wreak havoc on national laws. By Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]


The Sand Thieves: World's Beaches Become Victims of Construction Boom

The Sand Thieves: World's Beaches Become Victims of Construction Boom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2014

Sand is becoming so scarce that stealing it has become an attractive business model. With residential towers rising ever higher and development continuing apace in Asia and Africa, demand for the finite resource is insatiable. By Laura Höflinger more... Comment ]

A Tangle of Conflicts: The Dirty Business of Palm Oil

A Tangle of Conflicts: The Dirty Business of Palm Oil

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2014

Palm oil can be found in many of the products we consume each day. Much of it comes from Indonesia, where brutal methods are deployed against locals. One of the main suppliers says it is cleaning up its act, but has it really changed? By Nils Klawitter more... Comment ]


Interest Rate Blues: Emerging Nations Demand Western Support

Interest Rate Blues: Emerging Nations Demand Western Support

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 19, 2014

At the G-20 finance ministers' meeting in Sydney, emerging economies will push for joint action to halt rising interest rates. But the industrialized nations want nothing to do with it and are instead arguing that each country should solve its own problems. By Martin Hesse and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Corporation Carte Blanche: Will US-EU Trade Become Too Free?

Corporation Carte Blanche: Will US-EU Trade Become Too Free?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2014

Opposition to the planned new trans-Atlantic free trade agreement is growing. So far, criticism has focused on the fact that the deal seems directed exclusively at economic interests. Now fears are growing that corporations will be given too much power. By Michaela Schiessl more... Comment ]