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Would you eat lunch at the bank of the future?

by Clare Toeniskoetter Nov 13, 2017
Banks introduce experimental features like cafes and co-working space to lure millennials back to branches.
This Berlin branch of Deutsche Bank hopes its co-working space and shared courtyard will lure in potential clients.
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German carmakers are slowly heading toward electric vehicles

by Stephen Beard Sep 28, 2017
Relying on old technology like diesel could prove fatal, an expert says.
Volkswagen is planning to spend 80 billion euros over the next decade on electric, hybrid and autonomous vehicles.
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How Germany's election shake-up could change its economy

by Stephen Beard Sep 25, 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has begun the long process of forming a new coalition government. Merkel won the largest number of votes by far in Sunday’s election, but millions of Germans defected from the mainstream parties and supported the anti-Islamic, anti-immigration…

Some Germans bridle at the widespread use of English

by Stephen Beard Sep 22, 2017
The ubiquitous use of the language in Germany is prompting a backlash.
 German flags fly over the Reichstag, seat of the Bundestag, on Sept. 4 in Berlin, Germany.
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Frankfurt readies for possible influx of London bankers

by Stephen Beard Sep 21, 2017
Frankfurt hopes to draw London bankers post-Brexit but some residents have concerns.
Europa Allee, a broad avenue in the center of the city, is one likely destination for the Brexit bankers. Luxury apartment blocks, hotels, shops and leisure centers have been springing up there for more than five years.
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Merkel ahead as Germans prepare for Sunday’s election

by Stephen Beard Sep 21, 2017
A strong economy bodes well for longstanding German leader.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with supporters before addressing an election campaign rally of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Kappeln, northern Germany on September 20, 2017.
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German grocers Aldi and Lidl are bringing more discount food to the U.S. market

by Annie Baxter Jun 12, 2017
Two German grocery giants are casting a big shadow in the U.S. Aldi, which has operated here since the late 1970s, says it wants to add about 800 stores to the 1,700 it operates today. Meanwhile, Lidl, another German chain,…

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A look at why the U.S. is running a trade deficit with Germany

by , and May 30, 2017
President Trump’s tweet Tuesday about the U.S.’s “massive” trade deficit with Germany got us wondering about just how big that deficit is, and why we’re buying all those German goods. First, the size of the deficit: The U.S. buys about…

'Let's be real' and open markets, NAFTA architect Carla Hills says

by Kai Ryssdal and Robert Garrova May 30, 2017
The former US trade representative says there's room for improvement, but restrictions could be costly.
President George Bush caps his pen after signing the North American Free Trade Agreement on Dec. 17, 1992, in Washington, D.C. Looking on are Canadian Ambassador Derek Burney, left, U.S. Trade Rep. Carla Hills and  Mexican Ambassador Gustavo Petricioli.
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Trump sounds off about Germany's trade surplus, again

by Adam Allington May 26, 2017
President Trump sounded off in a meeting with G-7 officials yesterday, allegedly saying that Germany is “bad, very bad” for running up a trade surplus with the U.S., selling millions of cars on American shores. This is not the first…