Qatar's wealth stems mostly from its oil and natural gas deposits. But the country is trying to restructure its economy for days after oil. That could provide opportunities for many German companies.
A power blackout at Hamburg Airport has shown that even in highly developed industrial countries small triggers can lead to the collapse of huge systems. Backups are on overload, because they are used too rarely.
Germany's worst train accident, 20 years ago, is being remembered at Eschede, northeast of Hanover. A high-speed ICE train derailed, killing 101 people, and left Deutsche Bahn facing deep scrutiny over design and safety.
Deutsche Bahn suffered setbacks as a quarter of all long-distance trains in Germany failed to arrive on time in March, according to a media report. A new task force is to be set up to work on improving performance.
Oil prices have jumped to levels last seen in 2014, after the United States decided to re-impose sanctions on Iran, threatening to tighten global oil markets and likely to derail billions of dollars in business deals.
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