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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

Ten years ago we wrote (rather excitedly, if memory serves) about the purchase by Europa Capital of the Forum Steglitz shopping centre, on one of Berlin’s premier shopping drags, the Schlossstrasse in the south-west of the city. Read more

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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

The news this week that Caterpillar, often viewed as a bellwether industrial group, reported a sharp slow down in sales in China will have been widely noted in Germany, many of whose leading exporters will shortly be perusing their own results for... Read more

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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

Roland Koch knows his way around politics. Or at least, he did, when he was the prime minister of Hesse and a close colleague of party boss Angela Merkel, back in the day. Read more

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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

Last weekend’s elections in the state of Hesse brought the result that most people expected, and with it a further nail in the coffin of the remarkable career of Angela Merkel. Read more

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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

Chaos in Berlin, with numerous political parties vying for power, each following its own agenda with nothing but contempt for the others. Thousands of people flooding into the city, driven to explore the arts, humanities... Read more

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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

Billionaire startup investor Peter Thiel made headlines when he bought an estate on New Zealand’s South Island as a bolthole in the event of global apocalyptic Armageddon. Luckily for him – and fellow futurologists like Elon Musk... Read more

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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

Two years ago, shortly after the Brexit referendum, the FT Weekend edition published an article by Tyler Brûlé, the flamboyant Canadian publisher of lifestyle magazines Wallpaper and Monocle. Read more

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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

A few hundred metres from REFIRE’s office here in Berlin, the almost unbroken line of buildings with heights varying between five and seven stories is suddenly interrupted by a wide, flat, single-story building surrounded... Read more

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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

The taxpayers of Hamburg have been a much put-upon group over the last ten years, having stumped up for a variety of city projects that have, to one degree or another, exacted their toll on the city. So much so that, in a moment of lucid... Read more

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Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

In the week which saw the death of the company's founder, Ingvar Kamprad, at the age of 94, the legendary Swedish furniture chain IKEA announced ambitious plans to build a series of new distribution and logistics centres across Germany. Read more

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