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Angela Merkel

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Looking at a recent cover of the German news magazine Der Spiegel, one might be forgiven for thinking that all is lost for the Fatherland. A dismal performance of the German national football team (Die Mannschaft) is seen as the consequence of a... more

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Banks in Frankfurt Skyline

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At a recent NPL industry event, a banker credited with completing some of the largest European NPL sales observed: “The Irish and UK banks were distressed sellers. Now their banks are on the path to recovery. The Italian banks refused... more

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Brexit London

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Philip Hammond, the UK chancellor of the exchequer, has the challenging job of crafting the best possible deal for the City of London after Brexit. The City is the home of the financial services industry which makes up 10% of the UK economy and is on more

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Humboldt University - Berlin

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The UK is currently the second-largest recipient of competitive research funding from the EU: 6% of students and 17% of staff in UK universities are from other EU countries. Nearly half of academic papers produced by the UK are written in... more

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Europe at night

Alasdair Rae, Author provided

It’s often said that England is the most densely populated large country in Europe – typically in discussions about the nation’s rising population, and the growing strain on public services. But it’s not true. more

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GroKo

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After tense debate, Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) conference in Bonn gave the go-ahead for the party to enter formal government coalition negotiations with the union parties, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its... more

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Uwe Bottermann

Uwe Bottermann

Berlin is attractive to foreign real estate investors. Prices for residential properties are low here, compared to other European capitals. However, Berlin has established regulatory restraints on splitting title in rented buildings. This can... more

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Dr. Thomas Herr

Florian Glock

No matter whether it’s the rise of China, the fight against terror or the ongoing instability of the European Union – international politics are changing at a rapid pace. But this impetus is not restricted solely to matters within the field of... more

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Refugees in Greece

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Germany’s two biggest political parties are heading back to the negotiating table in search of a new “grand coalition”. The talks between Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union... more

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Martin Schulz und Angela Merkel

EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Bonn Is Not Weimar was the title of a 1956 book by the Swiss journalist Fritz René Allemann. He argued that the (West) German Federal Republic, founded in 1949 and with Bonn as its capital, had devised a stable form of parliamentary government... more

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