When firms conspire, customers, suppliers and competitors lose out. Cartels may be illegal in Germany, but they are not a rarity. Collusion has affected the sausage, chocolate and the beer business. Is nothing sacred?
The group is said to have laundered drug money for South American cartels for years — above all in Germany. With the defendants facing trial today in Paris, German reporters unveil how they were able to pull it off.
Cocaine with a street value of some €30 million has been found amid sacks of coffee coming from Brazil, customs authorities in Hamburg say. Shipments of the drug from Latin America are often intercepted in Germany.
European Union leaders fear Angela Merkel's weakened power could be a liability for the bloc. When it comes to political heavyweights in Europe, the German chancellor has long been top of the list.
Germany has approved arms exports to Saudi Arabia to the tune of more than €400 million this year. The latest figures have angered those demanding an export stop in view of the kingdom's doubtful human rights record.
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