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Forest whisperer: The woodsman who's revealing the secret lives of trees

Forest whisperer

The woodsman who's revealing the secret lives of trees

Trees feel, talk, fight and care, according to science. A former German forestry manager is now questioning the way we manage woodlands. Spoiler alert: badly.

By Allison Williams

Oliver Bäte: Allianz CEO joins the call for European industrial strategy

Oliver Bäte

Allianz CEO joins the call for European industrial strategy

The head of the EU’s biggest insurance company talks about making European companies globally competitive at a time when the US and China are getting all the attention.

By Christian Schnell, Carsten Herz, Darrell Delamaide

Spend more: German debt amendment doing more harm than good, economists warn

Spend more

German debt amendment doing more harm than good, economists warn

German economists are starting to question the 10-year-old debt brake rule which they warn is hampering urgently needed investment in the country’s crumbling infrastructure.

By Jan Hildebrand, Donata Riedel

The plastic trail: How Germany’s recycling ends up in Malaysian dumps

The plastic trail

How Germany’s recycling ends up in Malaysian dumps

Germans are great at separating their household waste, and the country is not allowed to export plastic unless it's for recycling. So why are there piles of German garbage all over Malaysia?

By WirtschaftsWoche Staff

Digital Hub: Peter Altmaier's big platform idea for startups

Digital Hub

Peter Altmaier's big platform idea for startups

The German Economics Ministry hopes to link established companies with nimble startups with a new, carefully curated platform. The aim is smarter communication and better business.

By Miriam Schröder

Super snooper: Research paper affirms Chinese spying risk through Huawei components

Super snooper

Research paper affirms Chinese spying risk through Huawei components

A paper by the Berlin-based Mercator Institute fuels resistance to allowing the Chinese company to join the build-out of Germany’s 5G network.

By Moritz Koch

Up in arms : German ban hobbles joint military exports to Saudi Arabia, vexing allies

Up in arms

German ban hobbles joint military exports to Saudi Arabia, vexing allies

Berlin’s unilateral embargo frustrates France and Britain and endangers future cooperation on defense programs.

By Moritz Koch, Torsten Riecke, Donata Riedel

Two-class system: German teachers striking for more pay – and more fairness

Two-class system

German teachers striking for more pay – and more fairness

Schoolteachers are demanding greater equality in a system that still pays some more than others for the same work, not to mention huge disparities across Germany’s 16 states.

By Frank Specht

Ugly exports: Iraq to Germany: If you take IS members back, you’ll need new laws

Ugly exports

Iraq to Germany: If you take IS members back, you’ll need new laws

Iraq has been grappling for longer than Europe with the question of what to do with its own citizens who supported Islamic State terror. Could the Iraqi example help Germany find solutions to this vexing problem?

By Cathrin Schaer

Collision course  : US threat to Germany’s car sector bears greater economic risk

Collision course

US threat to Germany’s car sector bears greater economic risk

The Trump administration is considering tariffs on imported cars, citing national security concerns. If it happens, it endangers one of the most important German industries and could unleash a €20 billion list of...

By Handelsblatt staff

Bee friendly: Bavarian conservatives forced to go green as wildlife campaign breaks records

Bee friendly

Bavarian conservatives forced to go green as wildlife campaign breaks records

A petition demanding better farming practices was backed by 18% of voters. That forces the ruling CSU to call a referendum which could upend German environmental policies.

By Jean-Michel Hauteville

Washington vs. Berlin: US hypocrisy in Iran sanctions frustrates German business

Washington vs. Berlin

US hypocrisy in Iran sanctions frustrates German business

Germany sees a double standard in enforcing embargoes on trade and finance with Iranian companies.

By Mathias Brüggmann, Moritz Koch, Klaus Stratmann

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