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DAX your lot: Growth slowdown threatens booming German DAX firms

DAX your lot

Growth slowdown threatens booming German DAX firms

With the blue-chip DAX index tumbling and Germany's biggest companies slashing their profit forecasts this year, there are growing signs that the country's business boom is coming to an end.

von Ulf Sommer

Climate emergency: Germany’s great environmental failure

Climate emergency

Germany’s great environmental failure

Not long ago, Germany was seen as a model of climate responsibility. But it will fail to reach its 2020 emissions targets. Is there a way to make industry greener?

von Silke Kersting, Klaus Stratmann

Google tax alternative: Scholz wants minimum corporate tax rate in OECD

Google tax alternative

Scholz wants minimum corporate tax rate in OECD

Germany's finance minister has proposed introducing a standard to combat tax avoidance – and serve as a replacement for the EU's planned digital tax.

von Martin Greive, Jan Hildebrand

Popular discontent: Merkel’s Bavarian ally suffers historic loss in state vote

Popular discontent

Merkel’s Bavarian ally suffers historic loss in state vote

The Bavarian sister party of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats lost its majority in Germany’s wealthiest state. The election outcome will likely have repercussions for the chancellor’s coalition government.

Pay to Play: Golden visas sold by EU countries open the door to the criminal and corrupt

Pay to Play

Golden visas sold by EU countries open the door to the criminal and corrupt

The practice of selling residence permits and even passports, while lucrative, is an invitation to criminal elements, international watchdogs say.

comeback kids: Once-forgotten Green party a surprise force as election season starts

comeback kids

Once-forgotten Green party a surprise force as election season starts

If Angela Merkel’s current government fails, the Greens would be a popular partner for fresh coalition talks for any party other than the AfD, says Handelsblatt’s Silke Kersting.

von Silke Kersting

cash-free: Wirecard is transforming Germany, one mobile payment at a time

cash-free

Wirecard is transforming Germany, one mobile payment at a time

The new kid on the DAX has big ambitions. It aims to multiply its stock-market value by four. Tougher still, the fintech wants to wean its countrymen off cash.

von Daniel Schäfer, Handelsblatt staff

Handelsblatt Explains: Why Germans won’t ever shake the labor-activism habit

Handelsblatt Explains

Why Germans won’t ever shake the labor-activism habit

Around the world, membership of labor organizations is declining. Germany, where business and labor are closely intertwined, has long been the exception. But industrial relations are changing even here.

von Allison Williams

Special-purpose vehicle: Defying Trump, EU plans to support trade with Iran

Special-purpose vehicle

Defying Trump, EU plans to support trade with Iran

The EU is rushing to set up a payments system to bypass US sanctions against Iran. The move is likely to deepen the rift between the US and Europe.

von Moritz Koch

German Design: Fraktur and the psychology of type

German Design

Fraktur and the psychology of type

Germanic typefaces such as fraktur aren’t nationalist by nature but still evoke Nazi history for many Germans, even decades after WWII. Is fraktur a cultural inheritance worth saving?

von Grace Dobush

The end is not nigh: Merkeling through a final term as Chancellor

The end is not nigh

Merkeling through a final term as Chancellor

The media and critics are quick to call the end of Chancellor Merkel — and they have been for 13 years. They were wrong then, and are wrong now.

von Andrew Bulkeley

New Driver: Daimler CEO Zetsche resigns, Swedish executive Källenius named successor

New Driver

Daimler CEO Zetsche resigns, Swedish executive Källenius named successor

Dieter Zetsche will retire early as Daimler’s boss next year. Ola Källenius, a life-long employee of the maker of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, will become the new CEO.

von Gilbert Kreijger

Separate ways: ThyssenKrupp surprises with move to split into two companies

Separate ways

ThyssenKrupp surprises with move to split into two companies

Germany's iconic maker of steel and elevators announced a plan after months of turmoil and a stalemate over its future strategy.

von Martin Murphy, Kevin Knitterscheidt

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