German retailers expect Christmas sales to top 90 billion euros this year - a record sum. The season is off to a good start, boosted by the vigorous growth of online sales.
Online ads in Singapore offering Indonesian maids for sale have drawn accusations of irresponsible marketing and human trafficking. DW spoke with the NGO Migrant Care about how domestic workers become "commodities."
The German cabinet has approved a draft law which would oblige online marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon to collect sales taxes for transactions involving foreign sellers.
At a Qatar investment conference in Berlin, Germany is hoping for energy investment, while an economic blockade has propelled the small Gulf state to shop for other partners beyond its neighbors.
The German government has blocked Chinese investors from taking stakes in two German companies. The move is less about protectionism and more about equal opportunities, writes Andreas Becker.
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