Sigmar Gabriel

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

EPA/Lukas Barth

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


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


Markus Mosa - EDEKA


We reported in REFIRE a number of months ago about the bid by Germany’s largest grocery group Edeka to take over the 451 outlets belonging to rival Kaiser’s Tengelmann. The outcome would have a significant effect on new retail property deals... more