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Features by Christopher Werth

Scrooge: Generous to a fault?

Ebeneezer Scrooge seems the epitome of a bad boss. He keeps the thermostat low, you have to beg for a day off and forget about a holiday office party. But is Scrooge's bad reputation undeserved?
Posted In: Christmas, literature

Volkswagen beats the odds in Europe

As other carmakers in Europe struggle for their very survival, VW is flourishing thanks in part to its worldwide appeal.
Posted In: Auto, Europe, Volkswagen

GM looks to close German autoplant

Strong unions and labor laws have kept struggling carmakers from cutting plants in Germany, but that may be about to change.
Posted In: Germany, Europe, Auto, GM

Peugeot: Rescued, but constrained by bailout

Last month, Peugeot secured a $9 billion lifeline from the French government to stay out of bankruptcy. In return, French politicians want the struggling company keep jobs, not cut them.
Posted In: Auto, Europe, peugeot, France, carmakers

European automakers face dark present, uncertain future

Carmakers in Europe are seeing plunging sales and rising costs -- sound familiar? Will European automakers rebound like their U.S. competitors?
Posted In: Europe, carmakers, Fiat, Auto

Despite Spanish downturn, many immigrants stay

A lack of jobs has not convinced many immigrants who came to Spain during better times to leave.
Posted In: spain, Unemployment, Immigration

Spain continues bailout waiting game

For months now, Spain has been bracing itself for a bailout. While the country waits, the government has already made many of the deep budget cuts that typically come with bailouts.
Posted In: spain, ECB, bailout, Europe debt crisis

In Northern Spain, hard times stir separatist feelings

In the Northern Spanish region of Catalonia, many say they would be better to go it alone. This rich region puts more into the central government than it gets out and Catalans are starting to resent this.
Posted In: spain, Catalonia

Spain's government announces tough new budget

In further austerity measures, the government imposes some $50 billion of tax hikes and spending cuts
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, spain, austerity

Budget cuts causing more strain in Spain

Today the government of Spain is expected to lay out yet another new budget with even more cuts in it.
Posted In: spain, protests, budget cuts

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