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Features by Christopher Werth

Americans in Paris...at the Air Show

The Paris Air Show is one of the world’s largest aviation and defense showcases. The U.S. pavilion is always the biggest, and typically attracts an entourage of American governors and members of Congress. But in this age of budget cuts, scrutiny on the costs will be high.
Posted In: paris, aviation, defense, aerospace

Can I see your violin's paperwork?

If you are a musician traveling abroad, you may soon need a passport -- for your instrument.
Posted In: Music, Travel

U.S. carmakers could benefit from EU industry troubles

The Geneva Auto Show opens in Switzerland this week. It’s usually a glitzy affair, but while U.S. carmakers are on the rebound, gloom has descended on the European auto industry.
Posted In: Auto, France, Switzerland

EU slaps Microsoft with $732 million penalty

The EU says Microsoft abused its market dominance by making Internet Explorer the default browser on its Windows operating system.
Posted In: Microsoft, windows, antitrust

Is Switzerland no longer a banking haven?

Voters in Switzerland have approved a referendum to curb executive pay. The move comes less than a week after the European Union announced plans to cap banker bonuses.
Posted In: Switzerland, bonuses, compensation, Eurozone

Germany asks: Should we have a minimum wage?

As the federal minimum wage has become a big topic of debate in the U.S., German politicians are in their own heated dispute over whether to have a minimum wage at all.
Posted In: minimum wage, Germany

Italy election deadlock reignites debt crisis fears

The European debt crisis has calmed down a lot in the past few months, but elections in Italy have ended in deadlock and uncertainty is back.
Posted In: italy, Berlusconi, Mario Monti, Europe debt crisis

Europe faces up to the cost of austerity

Today, the European Commission said the euro zone will shrink another 0.3 percent in 2013, which is deeper and longer lasting than originally expected.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, austerity, italy, France

Sequester could cut jobs outside U.S. borders

Cuts in defense spending as part of the sequester could ripple to suppliers outside the U.S.
Posted In: sequester, defense contractors, defense

Taking stock of Dickens on business

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is usually read with an anti-capitalist bent, but a wider reading of his works show a different picture.
Posted In: Charles Dickens

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