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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

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

23 Mar 2017 12:43 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

21 Feb 2017 10:00 Opinion