Guest Columns



Angela Merkel - Shooting Munich

EPA/Michael Kappeler

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has won a resounding victory in a regional election in Germany’s most populous state, North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW). The CDU is now in pole position to be the largest party when Germany next goes to the... more

May 15, 2017 10:00 AM Guest Columns

Europe, Brexit

EPA/Clemens Bilan

There is a general perception in the UK that the remaining EU states, and Germany especially, would like to punish Britain for withdrawing from the European Union. This would mean Britain out in the cold, no trade deal, and potentially a fine to... more

May 8, 2017 2:00 PM Guest Columns

Marine Le Pen

EPA/Olivier Hoslet

With Marine Le Pen through to the second round of the French presidential elections, the prospect of Frexit, which is at the centre of her economic policies, is beginning to spook financial markets. While the possibility of Le Pen winning in the... more

May 2, 2017 12:00 PM Guest Columns

Article 50 triggered

PA/Christopher Furlong

Now that Theresa May, the British prime minister, has triggered Article 50, the process of formally negotiating Brexit can begin. Here’s what to expect in the next two years. more

Apr 5, 2017 2:00 PM Guest Columns

Treaty of Rome

Italy's News Photo/EPA

The idea of Europe began in the minds of its peoples – its philosophers, scholars, artists, religious and political leaders. And so did its wars. Historically, attempts to unify Europe were made through a series of brutal conflicts, culminating... more

Mar 29, 2017 2:00 PM Guest Columns

Ladestation Elektromobile

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Germany has ambitious plans for both electric cars and renewable energy. But it can’t deliver both. As things stand, Germany’s well-meaning but contradictory ambitions would actually boost emissions by an amount comparable with the present-day... more

Feb 28, 2017 2:00 PM Guest Columns

Policy patrol

Djordje Savic/EPA

European Union officials have not been shy to express condemnation of US President Donald Trump’s permanent ban on Syrian refugees, and temporary ban on all other refugees. Rightly so. The vice president of the EU Commission Federica Mogherini... more

Feb 3, 2017 3:16 PM Guest Columns

Matteo Renzi


How to interpret the outcome of the Italian referendum? Matteo Renzi’s government is clearly the loser – and the prime minister announced his widely expected resignation as soon as the result was in. more

Dec 6, 2016 2:00 PM Guest Columns

Uwe Bottermann

Uwe Bottermann

Foreign buyers of German properties do not have it easy, especially when banks are involved. Banks often seem inflexible, and financing frequently fails due to mere for- malities. In 2016, the situation worsened with the implementation of the... more

Dec 2, 2016 10:00 AM Guest Columns

Dr. Thomas Herr

Florian Glock

A great enthusiasm for innovation has gripped the German real estate sector, as experienced at the recent ZIA Innovation Congress in Berlin. It is reminiscent of the more desire than fact-driven euphoria that had the industry toiling away at the... more

Dec 1, 2016 10:00 AM Guest Columns 1 Comments