German industry could see winners and losers as Berlin plots a new political path, ex-Siemens boss says

Germany’s Green Party is riding high in the voter polls and looks set to become a central political force in the country, with federal elections due in September. And while the political pundits and policymakers are busy with the election campaign, business leaders are keenly watching with interest at the developments in Berlin. One such … Read more

Leading contender to succeed Angela Merkel wants tougher stance on China, Russia

A leading contender to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor this fall has called for “dialogue and toughness” toward China when it comes to defending democratic values and human rights. Annalena Baerbock, the environmentalist Greens’ candidate for chancellorship, told the weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that Europe should use its economic might to block Chinese goods … Read more

Germany faces lockdown until June as curbs fail to push down cases

Germany’s coronavirus infection rate rose at the weekend despite stricter restrictions as Finance Minister Olaf Scholz cautioned he did not expect moves to ease curbs before the end of May. Germany is struggling to contain the third wave of infections, with efforts complicated by the more contagious B117 variant, which first emerged in the UK … Read more

Merkel’s party gets punished in state elections as Covid ‘third wave’ hits home

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on September 30, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Michele Tantussi | Getty Images News | Getty Images German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party slumped to record defeats in two key state elections on Sunday, piling more misery onto the German leadership as the country looks to be facing a “third wave” of … Read more

Germany sees a new tougher line on China and Russia as Merkel leaves the political stage

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) while visiting the Moscow’s Zoo in Moscow, Russia,, June,5, 2019. Chinese leader Xi Jinping is having a three-days state visit to Russia. Mikhail Svetlov | Getty Images News | Getty Images FRANKFURT — Putting trade and business interests first has always been the … Read more

Germany’s economy contracted by 5% in 2020 as coronavirus lockdowns hit growth

German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes off her face mask as she gives a press conference on the actual situation amid the novel coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic, following a meeting with her so-called Corona-Cabinet, on November 2, 2020 in Berlin. Kay Nietfeld | AFP | Getty Images Germany’s economy contracted by 5% in 2020, according to … Read more

China scores an EU investment deal before Biden takes office — and it wants to do more

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping are seen on a screen during a video conference to approve an investment pact between China and the European Union on December 30, 2020. Johanna Geron | AFP | Getty … Read more

EU, China leaders seal long-awaited investment deal

Top European Union officials and Chinese President Xi Jinping concluded a business investment deal on Wednesday that will open big opportunities to European companies, but has the potential to irk the new American administration. Amid concerns about the human rights situation in China, the EU said the seven-year-long negotiations were concluded in “principle” during a … Read more

World Leaders Ready Themselves for a Biden Presidency

After a drawn-out vote count that transfixed not just the U.S. but most of the world, many global leaders on Saturday were quick to respond to former Vice President Joe Biden’s election victory, with most sending congratulations and vowing to work with him. In Europe, where many countries hope President-elect Biden will reverse some of … Read more

Why Germany’s coronavirus strategy doesn’t appear to be working this time around

A medic administers a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test on a motorist at a drive-thru coronavirus testing center at the Talavera car park in Wuerzburg, Germany, on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — Germany was lauded for its initial response to the coronavirus pandemic, but a four-week long … Read more