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Angela Merkel

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

Opinion

Berlin

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As with its office market (see article elsewhere in this issue – “Berlin office market outperforms its German counterparts”),Berlin continues to be the pacemaker for investors in Germany’s residential housing market, with transaction volumes doubling more

Companies

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

Opinion

Deutsche Bank - Frankfurt

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Qatari investors attending the recent Qatar-German Business & Investment Forum in Berlin earlier this month, the fourth such event, were very bullish about the German economy in general, and several key players said they specifically... more

Investment

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

Opinion

Esfandiar Khorrami - Bottermann Khorrami

Esfandiar Khorrami

Germany’s Christian Democratic Union and the centre-left Social Democrats have reached an agreement regarding the terms of a coalition deal, in a move that will boost stability in the market, Dr. Esfandiar Khorrami, a partner at law firm... more

Markets

Dr. Andreas Mattner

Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss (ZIA)

Figures released earlier this month by Germany's Federal Statistics Office show that revenues in Germany's construction industry rose in the first 10 month of 2017 with order books remaining high, fuelling hopes that Germany's broad-based economic... more

Markets

GROKO

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Germany’s Christian Democratic Union and the centre-left Social Democrats have reached an agreement regarding the terms of a coalition deal, in a move that will boost stability in the market, Dr. Esfandiar Khorrami, a partner at law firm... more

Markets

Grunderwerbssteuer

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The German business press has been devoting acres of column space to a thorny issue which has been around for years, but has never been properly addressed. That issue is German property tax (Grundsteuer), and the extent to which the tax levied by... more

Markets

Refugees in Greece

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Germany’s two biggest political parties are heading back to the negotiating table in search of a new “grand coalition”. The talks between Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union... more

Guest Columns

Martin Schulz und Angela Merkel

EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Bonn Is Not Weimar was the title of a 1956 book by the Swiss journalist Fritz René Allemann. He argued that the (West) German Federal Republic, founded in 1949 and with Bonn as its capital, had devised a stable form of parliamentary government... more

Guest Columns

Berlin Shining

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Despite the looming threat of entering a new year with no coalition government in place, Germany is poised for a strong 2018, real estate experts say. However, the failure of Angela Merkel’s CDU party to form a coalition government two months... more

Markets

Mietpreisbremse

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Germany’s much-maligned Mietpreisbremse, or rental price brake law, is unlikely to survive Germany’s still to be determined new coalition government in its present form, real estate experts have told REFIRE, in light of the tumultuous federal... more

Markets

Europe

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Insurgencies often end up betraying the ideals that motivated them. Brexit seems no different. In no time, it has shed its intellectually most powerful motive: the full restoration of sovereignty to the House of Commons. more

Guest Columns

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

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

Opinion

Andreas Pohl - Deutsche Hypo

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

France’s general election earlier this month, in which centrist Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen to become France’s youngest ever president, has had a positive impact on the Deutsche-Hypo-Index this month, according to Deutsche Hypo’s... more

Markets

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s election as Germany’s president represents a rare opportunity for his country. While the role is essentially ceremonial, Steinmeier’s background, combined with a dramatically changing global political climate, leaves him... more

German Miscellany

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

Opinion

Ralf Klann - Bilfinger

Bilfinger Real Estate Germany

REFIRE met with construction and engineering group Bilfinger at the MIPIM, where the company has managed to snare - and hold on to - one of the best stands in the Palais des Festivals. Its extensive sunny outdoor terrace is ideal for up-close... more

Companies