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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

It's clear that real estate will play a dominant role in the forthcoming German elections, more so than in the recent past – and all the main political parties are rehearsing taking strong, principled positions before the hustings begin in earnest... more

Jul 28, 2017 10:00 AM Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

This was the week that a shaken Angela Merkel told her fellow citizens in a Munich beer hall that the EU must now be prepared to look after itself, and cast aside any expectations of solidarity with erstwhile partners the UK and the US. more

Jul 11, 2017 2:00 PM Opinion

Sara Seddon-Kilbinger

Sara Seddon-Kilbinger

REFIRE's senior reporter Sara Seddon-Kilbinger looks at the outcome of last week's UK General Election, and assesses its likely impact on real estate. more

Jun 12, 2017 2:43 PM Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

As Gary Lineker famously commented, “Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” Nowadays, in the shadow of Brexit, the world of real estate is beginning to feel a little bit like... more

May 26, 2017 8:00 AM Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

The latest MIPIM in Cannes was, by almost universal consent, one of the most easygoing in recent years, at least for German participants. The uninterrupted sunshine, the positive mood in the halls, the varied and frequently lively programme of... more

Apr 24, 2017 10:00 AM Opinion

Mario Caroli - Ellwanger & Geiger

Ellwanger & Geiger

Donald Trump makes an uncertain world a little more uncertain. His way of governing raises a lot of questions, including what his economic and financial policy will look like, not to mention the foreign policy guideline. The already well-running... more

Mar 23, 2017 12:43 PM Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

Germany's left-of-centre SPD , the junior partner in the governing coalition in Berlin with Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU grouping, has been at the forefront of a new drive to dampen Germany's residential housing boom, now entering its seventh year. more

Feb 21, 2017 10:00 AM Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

The big institutional players are all convinced that 2017 will see – yet again – heightened demand for investment in real estate. This applies particularly to Germany, whose status as a safe haven has only strengthened as the number of economic... more

Jan 20, 2017 10:00 AM Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

One of the perks of editing a publication like REFIRE is the opportunity it affords your editor to hang out with people who have an uncluttered view of the future. Their relationship with their crystal ball, tea leaves, tarot cards, goats... more

Dec 24, 2016 10:00 AM Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

This week we learned from national property association IVD that the rate of increase in rents and housing prices in Germany has actually accelerated over the last two quarters. Prices for apartments, particularly in the larger cities, rose 6%... more

Dec 5, 2016 10:00 AM Opinion