A decade of protectionist economic policies has reduced the ability of most countries across the world to achieve healthy growth and innovation, the World Economic Forum says in its 2016 Global Competitiveness Report.
Lufthansa is mulling whether or not to allow its low-cost brand Eurowings rent some aircraft currently operated by loss-making carrier Air Berlin. The German airline also decided to fully take over Brussels Airlines.
Germany's biggest private lender has sold its British insurance business to raise urgently needed cash to pay looming penalties for its past misdeeds and to fight speculation of requiring state aid to stay afloat.
State assets, including water and electricity utilities, are to be transferred to a new asset fund created by international creditors. The plans have sparked demonstrations and public sector strikes across the country.
Entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk has made his big pitch to start a human colony on Mars by 2024.
Despite a slight drop in the German Consumer Sentiment Index for October, market research group GfK expects Germans to continue spending at a "strong level" amid robust economic growth in Europe's biggest economy.
Shareholders in SABMiller and AB InBev have overwhelmingly given the green light to what will be one of the biggest mergers in corporate history. Both companies spoke of a good deal that presents significant synergies.
Canada has given Malaysia's oil giant Petronas the green light to build an LNG pipeline along its Pacific Northwest coast, imposing tough environemental protection requirements amid massive protests.
Colombo is getting in shape for the 21st century. German technology giant Siemens is supporting Sri Lanka in achieving the target, but it is a challenge to upgrade the city with an outdated infrastructure.
Australia watered down plans for a "backpacker tax" on foreigners on working holidays after an outcry from farmers and tourism operators.
What began as a whacky idea has become a tourist magnet - the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg is to open a new "Bella Italia" area as part of the world's largest model railway.
The Data Protection Commissioner in the German city of Hamburg has ordered messaging service WhatsApp to stop transferring the data of its German users to Facebook, citing privacy concerns.
The banking district of Frankfurt remains engulfed in crisis. If it continues like this, then German taxpayers might soon be called on to step in to save Germany's biggest bank, says DW's Henrik Böhme.
The visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk plans manned missions to Mars.
Morocco's aerospace sector is hoping from a major boost from a new deal with Boeing.
Germany has slipped down to 5th place in the Global Competitiveness Index.
Paris has banned traffic from a major road along the river Seine in a bid to reduce the city's pollution problem.
China is preventing observers from Taiwan from attending a meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
The WTO dramatically slashed its forecast for trade growth this year by about a third to its lowest rate since 2009.
Blowfish are poisonous, but highly trained chefs can turn them into delicious sushi in Japan.
Years of breakneck growth in China’s wind energy industry has made the country's firms formidable global players. German companies are keen to compete with cutting edge innovation and outstanding service.
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When in 1716 councilors in the western German town of Ruhrort decided to build an inland port, it was a smart business move. "Duisport," as it's called today, has become a hub of global trade.
In a significant blow to Audi, the luxury car brand's head of technical development has quit after he was accused by German media of being involved in Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal.
VW's emissions scandal plunged the automaker into its deepest-ever crisis. It brought with it everlasting damage to VW's reputation and massive fees and penalties - not to mention compensation claims from car owners.
Newly released documents suggest the German auto parts supplier Bosch not only provided Volkswagen with the software it used to cheat on emissions tests, but that the company knew its actions were illegal.
Volkswagen HQ in Wolfsburg isn’t the only place where the consequences of the dieselgate scandal are being felt. Cities that host VW’s production facilities must also rejig their budgets as VW pays fewer taxes.
The US tech giant is said to be considering a tie-up with the luxury carmaker as part of an effort to invest some of its huge cash reserves in the auto industry. But McLaren has denied it was approached by Apple.
The German carmaker has announced it will resume producing cars in Kenya by the end of the year, in a partnership with a local automaker aimed at selling more cars across Eastern Africa.
Volkswagen wronged European consumers when it rigged its diesel engines to emit more toxic gases than allowed and then lied about it in the company's advertising, an EU commissioner has told German media.
The US automobile sector is struggling to maintain sales momentum, with most major car manufacturers reporting that they sold fewer vehicles in August, as reduced discounting kept customers from showrooms.
Companies across the 19-nation eurozone are again investing less in their business, sending a relevant indicator for September growth to a 20-month low and increasing pressure for governments to halt the slide.
Nearly half of Italy's population wants to leave the EU, the country's economy is among the worst in the eurozone. Can the government solve this? Sandro Gozi, European Affairs Minister, is on Conflict Zone this week.
Eurozone banking supervisor Daniele Nouy is worried about high levels of non-performing loans (NPLs) on eurozone banks' balance sheets. Guidelines on how banks should deal with their NPL burdens are in development.
The jobless rate in the euro area has remained stuck in double-digit territory this summer, while the number of people out of work in its biggest economy edged up slightly but continues to stand at an historic low.
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