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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... 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... 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. more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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