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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. 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... 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... 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. 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... 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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