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Jürgen Michael Schick - IVD

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Germany’s property brokers are up in arms at what they see is a further assault on their validity and competence, as the German ruling coalition government in Berlin look at further measures to lower the costs of acquiring 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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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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Martin Schulz und Angela Merkel

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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... Read more

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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... Read 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... Read more

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Grunderwerbssteuer

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The German government is gearing up to abolish share deals that enable corporations to wriggle out of paying the Grunderwerbsteuer - or property transfer tax - that regular citizens are obliged to pay, in a move that would generate a sizeable... Read more

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Grunderwerbssteuer

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Germany's federal states hauled in a record €12.4bn in Grunderwerbsteuer (property transfer tax), a rise of 10.2% over 2015, based on the €240.5bn of property transactions across the country last year, itself up 9.6% on the previous year... Read more

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