Can modern medical technology improve the quality of life? Medical research is making enormous progress, but the more sophisticated medical techniques are, the more expensive treatment becomes. What would a modern, affordable health care system look like. That's just one of the questions being discussed at the "World Health Summit."
Made in Germany takes a introductory look at the medical technology company B.Braun from the town of Melsungen.
"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future" - no one knows exactly who said this, but it's usually attributed to German theater performer Karl Valentin or Mark Twain. But one thing is clear: all the fall assessments of recent years have missed the mark. So what's to be made of this year's report?
It predicts that next year, even Germany's normally robust economy will be hit by the euro crisis.
What do economic forecasters base their outlooks on? And how do their forecasts affect other factors in the European economy? We'll be asking our studio guest this week Joachim Scheide, economic expert at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy Institute.
The town of Melsungen in Hessen is known as "Brauntown". Home to a population of 15,000, the town is dominated by the medical and pharmaceutical company, B. Braun. It's one of the world's largest manufacturers of intravenous solutions, monitoring apparatus and other medical devices. Its high-tech equipment is in demand abroad, and the company exports to Asia, Africa and South America.
Rich in oil and gas, the Algerian state invests its petro billions primarily in boosting the country's infrastructure, and often call in German expertise when it comes to ambitious construction projects such as universities or the metro system in Algiers. The Strabag construction company was involved in this gigantic project.
The automatic carwash is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Not many people know that it is a German invention - even though on average, German motorists take their cars to the carwash eight times a year. In 1962, two men from Augsburg received a patent for the world’s first automated car-washing mechanism. Today, German company Washtec is the world market leader in car-washing technology.