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Dr. Andreas Mattner

Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss (ZIA)

As Germany’s coalition partners the SPD and the CDU/CSU union look set to finally agree on a new programme for government, there may finally be some movement in attempts to address the issue of share deals when buying property. Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read 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. Read more

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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. Read more

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Dr. Andreas Mattner

Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss (ZIA)

The leading German lobbying association for the real estate industry, ZIA Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss wasted little time in issuing its assessment of what voters had expressed in the federal elections on 21st September, which saw Angela Merkel... Read more

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The eastern and southern parts of Germany are under water. Literally. As we write, several regions are threatened with the worst flooding in a century, with crops destroyed, businesses paralysed, widespread evacuations, and the submerging of... Read more

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