Beating the Crisis: Germany and Europe Must Defy Political Trends

Beating the Crisis: Germany and Europe Must Defy Political Trends

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 18, 2011

Germany's economy is in good shape because it resisted the fashion of neoliberalism. Europe should show the same defiance in the face of self-serving predictions that the euro is doomed. The financial and debt crises have highlighted the need for strong governments -- and for more Europe, not less. A commentary by Christoph Schwennicke more... Comment ]

Ship Building or Services? Booming German Employment Masks Shrinking Industry

Ship Building or Services? Booming German Employment Masks Shrinking Industry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 03, 2011

Last year a record 40.4 million people were employed in Germany. However, behind the strong figures lurks a worrying structural change. Industry, the traditional motor of the German economy, is seeing its importance dwindle. more...


Germany's New Wirtschaftswunder: Does Euro Crisis Threaten Berlin's Economic Miracle?

Germany's New Wirtschaftswunder: Does Euro Crisis Threaten Berlin's Economic Miracle?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 31, 2010

There seems to be a lot of unanimity in Germany about the country's economic prospects for 2011. But while a chorus of optimists in business and government circles make rosy predictions of continued growth, some worry that the euro crisis could put an end to Germany's post-crisis euphoria. By Katrin Elger and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Merkel's Summit Success: G-20 Offers Slight Tweak to Global Finances

Merkel's Summit Success: G-20 Offers Slight Tweak to Global Finances

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2010

Germany succesfully managed to thwart US demands for rigid rules on trade imbalances. The G-20 also reached agreement on limiting banking risk and reforming the International Monetary Fund. But Chancellor Angela Merkel's victory was overshadowed by rumors of an impending cabinet shake-up in Berlin. By Philipp Wittrock in Seoul, South Korea more...


Merkel Prepares for G-20: 'Our Export Success Shows How Competitive German Products Are'

Merkel Prepares for G-20: 'Our Export Success Shows How Competitive German Products Are'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 10, 2010

In interviews given in the run-up to this week's G-20 summit in South Korea, Germany leaders, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, are defending their country's trade surpluses and warning against currency wars. Her words are unlikely to find a warm welcome in Washington. more... Comment ]

Losing Labor: OECD Says Germany Needs More Immigration

Losing Labor: OECD Says Germany Needs More Immigration

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2010

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says that Germany is facing a drastic labor shortage. The country is dead last among industrialized countries in the ratio of those entering the job market versus those leaving it. Immigration, the OECD says, might be the only hope. more...


The World from Berlin: Germany's Jobs Miracle is 'Wobbly'

The World from Berlin: Germany's Jobs Miracle is 'Wobbly'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2010

German politicians tripped over themselves this week to announce that unemployment had sunk to an impressive low -- under 3 million. But German papers study the statistics and wonder how long the good times will last. more...

Shipping Boom: Hamburg's Port Sees Fruits of German Upturn

Shipping Boom: Hamburg's Port Sees Fruits of German Upturn

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2010

The economic crisis turned Hamburg's port into a ghost town. Now that things are picking up, the container terminals at Germany's most important shipping hub are buzzing with life again. By Sven Böll in Hamburg more...


The World from Berlin: Germany 'Has Done Everything Right' on the Economy

The World from Berlin: Germany 'Has Done Everything Right' on the Economy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2010

A soaring budget deficit on the one hand, the strongest growth in years on the other: The news on the German economy is both good and bad. On the whole, commentators say, the politicians seem to have got things right. There are still tough times ahead, however. more...

GDP Surges 2.2 Percent: Greatest Economic Boom Since German Reunification

GDP Surges 2.2 Percent: Greatest Economic Boom Since German Reunification

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2010

Germany just posted its strongest quarter of economic growth since reunification in 1990. During the second quarter, an exports boom, increased consumption and government stimulus helped the country chalk up growth of 2.2 percent. more... Comment ]