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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

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

The Brexit debate is certain to be a major topic of discussion at the upcoming Expo Real in Munich. It’s three months since the actual referendum, the initial ysteria has died down, the markets have recovered their sang-froid, and circumspection... more

Oct 18, 2016 10:00 AM Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

The German press is full of stories about the burgeoning asylum bureaucracy strangling attempts to normalise the existence of more than a million refugees. But what we didn't fully realise was just how difficult it can be to reverse the... more

Sep 12, 2016 10:00 AM Opinion

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

If you are a company, should you own your own property or outsource ownership to third parties, merely using the facilities to produce your saleable product? The answer to this is obviously influenced by several factors. more

Aug 3, 2016 10:00 AM Opinion

With all the macro-economic talk surrounding Brexit and the doomsday scenarios being painted by each side's proponents, it's never long before parallels with marriage and divorce are being drawn by anyone giving a speech on the subject. Now all... more

Jul 15, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion

It’s barely 15 years since French activist José Bové was sentenced to three months imprisonment for the destruction of a McDonalds fast food restaurant in the small town of Millau, in the Midi-Pyrenees region in southern France. more

Jun 7, 2016 10:00 AM Opinion

We scotched our plan to pen a lengthy article in this issue of REFIRE on Germany's likely future housing needs, abruptly altered by the influx of asylum seekers and potential immigrants over the past year. more

May 5, 2016 10:00 AM Opinion

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