Charles Kingston

REFIRE Ltd.

From the cybercriminal underworld to Europe’s leading home of data centres

The picturesque town of Traben-Tarbach, on a bend of the meandering Moselle river in the Bernkastel wine-growing district, is likely to become an unusual footnote in the story of Germany’s emerging role as a significant destination for data centres. Read more

27 Aug 2020 10:00 Opinion

Come back, Free Democrats, all is (almost) forgiven

The recent elections in Hamburg brought joy to supporters of the Free Democrats, or Liberals, when their photogenic candidate Katja Suding rode a lucky combination of attention-grabbing stunts and her opposition’s faux-pas to garner 7.4% of the... Read more

3 Mar 2015 10:00 Opinion

Pressure to invest is helping investors to overlook Berlin’s politics

There’s no stopping Berlin. Scarcely has the city announced new political measures designed to make investment in Berlin property even more restrictive, than international investors vote Berlin to be the most attractive property market in Europe. Read more

3 Feb 2015 10:00 Opinion

Germany gets the green light for more of the same in 2015

One of the key reasonscited in Germany for the non-existence of a residential housing price bubble is the moderation with which German banks have been extending finance for property investment. The Deutsche Bundesbank’s oft-cited fears that... Read more

22 Dec 2014 10:00 Opinion

Mega-fusion shows there’s plenty of life left in German residential

Thirty years ago, as the Cold War was showing tentative signs of the thaw that would lead to the collapse of the old Soviet empire within less than a decade, West Germany was the theatre where any future conflict was still likely to initially take... Read more

8 Dec 2014 10:00 Opinion