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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

The Brexit farce continues to baffle and astound in equal measure. The recent shenanigans between the Irish, the DUP in Northern Ireland,the Brussels contingent under Michel Barnier, and the Brexit team led by the hapless Theresa May to... more

18 Jan 2018 10:00 Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

We’re all familiar with distressed selling. There was plenty of it after the onset of the financial crisis. It nurtured a whole host of vulture-like financial entities, skilled at separating still-healthy flesh from stressed and decrepit bones. more

30 Nov 2017 10:00 Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

With the voting and the counting over, and the dust almost finally settled, the record six political parties who will be taking their seats in what will be the largest parliament outside the People’s Republic of China are knuckling down for a... more

24 Oct 2017 10:00 Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

There is a mismatch between German housing needs and the actual new building going on. Here's the problem – too much housing is being built throughout the regions, where there's no shortage, and not enough in the big cities, where rents are... more

26 Sep 2017 22:14 Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

The automotive industry is still the ultimate symbol of Germany’s mighty economic prowess. It accounts for 20% of Germany’s total industrial revenue, and directly employs 800,000 workers, with millions more indirectly dependent on it through its... more

28 Aug 2017 11:00 Opinion

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

28 Jul 2017 10:00 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

11 Jul 2017 14:00 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

12 Jun 2017 14:43 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

26 May 2017 08:00 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

24 Apr 2017 10:00 Opinion