Formal merger talks begin between Germany’s biggest lenders
Mar 18, 2019

Formal merger talks begin between Germany’s biggest lenders

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From the BBC World Service… Germany's two biggest lenders, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank, confirmed over the weekend they’re engaged in formal merger talks. But are the two sides skeptical about the possibility of coming together? Then, businesses in New Zealand are pulling ads from social media sites after Friday's deadly mosque attack. Plus, the Australia island of Tasmania grows around half of the world’s legal opium supply. We'll hear from some of the farmers involved in the secretive industry that impacts the lives of millions of people every day.

Today's show is sponsored by the Alliance for Lifetime Income, Kronos and EquityZen.


From the BBC World Service… Germany’s two biggest lenders, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank, confirmed over the weekend they’re engaged in formal merger talks. But are the two sides skeptical about the possibility of coming together? Then, businesses in New Zealand are pulling ads from social media sites after Friday’s deadly mosque attack. Plus, the Australia island of Tasmania grows around half of the world’s legal opium supply. We’ll hear from some of the farmers involved in the secretive industry that impacts the lives of millions of people every day.

Today’s show is sponsored by the Alliance for Lifetime Income, Kronos and EquityZen.

The team

Nicole Childers Executive Producer
Victoria Craig Producer, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Candace Manriquez Wrenn Producer/Editor
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Rose Conlon Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director