How Germany’s family-owned “mittelstand” companies are coping with the pandemic

May 5, 2021
Mittelstands have long histories and local roots. Will those proud qualities see them through the COVID-19 crisis?
Hanns Martin Rincker of the Rincker foundry creates a church bell inscription. “We will become something else,“ he says. “The market always changes.”
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Germany under U.S. pressure over Russian pipeline

Apr 19, 2021
The U.S is threatening further sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline linking Russia and Germany.
Workers building a section of the wall of the Nord Stream 2. German voters may decide the controversial pipeline's fate.
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Germany seethes over the slow delivery of COVID-19 vaccines

Feb 24, 2021
Delays in the European Commission’s procurement of vaccine is tempering Germany’s enthusiasm for the European Union.
A nurse inoculates a resident of Saxony, Germany, with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
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With Biden incoming, Merkel outgoing, where do Western relations with China stand?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel concluded an EU business deal with China just before the new year that could disadvantage the U.S.
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Angela Merkel’s economic legacy: strong growth, ailing infrastructure

Sep 8, 2020
As the German leader approaches the end of her long tenure in office, we assess her achievements and the challenges facing her country after her departure.
After 15 years as Germany's top leader, Angela Merkel is set to end her tenure next year.
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The unintended consequences of German reunification

Nov 11, 2019
"We all started to realize that life was just going to be different."
A person touches a segment of the Berlin wall at the Bernauerstrasse wall memorial on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, on November 9, 2019 in Berlin.
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East Germany still reeling from the economic aftermath of the Berlin Wall

Nov 8, 2019
Many Eastern Germans celebrate freedom but mourn the loss of economic security.
A couple attempts to peek through cracks in a still-existing section of the Berlin Wall into the so-called 'death strip,' where East German border guards had the order to shoot anyone attempting to flee into West Berlin.
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Can we learn something from German investment after reunification?

On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we're contrasting that economic picture with the steep economic division in the U.S. today.
East Berliners climb onto the Berlin Wall to celebrate the effective end of the city's partition, 31st December 1989.
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Itemizing Germany's $2 trillion bill for reunification

Nov 5, 2019
After the Berlin Wall came down, the German government poured billions in to the Eastern states. Was the money well spent?
People walk past a section of the former Berlin Wall called the East Side Gallery in 2010, marking the 20th anniversary of reunification in Berlin.
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30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany recalls the economic gulf between East and West

Nov 4, 2019
In 1989, Germany was divided by much more than a concrete wall: West and East were separated by stark economic differences.
West Berliners crowd in front of the Berlin Wall early Nov. 11, 1989, as they watch East German border guards demolishing a section of the wall between East and West Berlin.
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