The Return of the Finance Crisis What the Lehman Bankruptcy Means for Germany

The move by US investment bank Lehman Brothers to declare bankruptcy has set off a global earthquake on markets. The crisis is also threatening German financial institutions as well as the country's federal budget. SPIEGEL ONLINE has gathered the most important background information.
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: A Black Monday followed a Black Sunday.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: A Black Monday followed a Black Sunday.

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