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'The age of financial privacy is over'
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'The age of financial privacy is over'

Jonathan Weiss hasn’t lived in the US for 25 years. But that didn’t keep his foreign bank account from being frozen in the wake of new US tax laws. Find out how you can avoid the same fate at the hands of FATCA. READ  

JobTalk Germany: Entrepreneur series
'Work I love and a rewarding family life'
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'Work I love and a rewarding family life'

Melanie Fieseler is a British business/career consultant and coach, and founder of Berlin-based WorkSmart. She is on a mission to help ambitious mums like herself successfully combine motherhood with building a fulfilling and rewarding career or business. READ  

Business makes confident start to 2015
A worker checks compensators in a Baden-Württemberg factory. Photo: DPA

Business makes confident start to 2015

German businesses are confident about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy, a new poll showed on Monday, as a weaker euro and falling oil prices are set to boost the country's exporters. READ  

 Deutsche Bahn wins allies in air cartel suit
Deutsche Bahn's HQ in Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. Photo: Volker Emersleben/DB

Deutsche Bahn wins allies in air cartel suit

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn said Sunday it has been joined by several companies in a 2.9 €billion euro lawsuit against Lufthansa and other airlines for fixing air cargo prices. READ  

Germany halts arms exports to Saudis
A German Leopard tank like the ones sold to the Saudis in 2011. Photo: Krauss-Maffei Wegman

Germany halts arms exports to Saudis

Germany has decided to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia because of "instability in the region," German daily Bild reported on Sunday. READ  

ECB bond-buying 'brings risks': Weidmann
JJens Weidmann speaking at Berlin's Hotel Interconti in July. Photo: Soeren Stache/DPA

ECB bond-buying 'brings risks': Weidmann

The head of Germany's central bank on Saturday voiced his "scepticism" about the ECB's decision to launch a trillion-euro bond-buying programme in a bid to ward off deflation and boost the eurozone economy. READ  

Cities see slower house price growth
Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg. Photo: DPA

Cities see slower house price growth

A trend for ever-faster growth in house prices across Germany was reversed in 2014, as prices rose by four percent compared with seven the previous year 2013. READ  

'Fight harder' against corruption: activists
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'Fight harder' against corruption: activists

Campaigners say the states can do more to fight corruption after a report showed that Brandenburg, Saarland, North Rhine-Westphalia and Hamburg had the highest numbers of cases. READ  

ECB announces €1.1tn bond buying programme
ECB president Mario Draghi. Photo: DPA

ECB announces €1.1tn bond buying programme

The European Central Bank (ECB) will buy €60 billion of European debt every month from March 2015 until September 2016, ECB president Mario Draghi announced on Thursday. READ  

Train strikes cost rail operator €150m - so far
Deutsche Bahn chief Rüdiger Grube. Photo: DPA

Train strikes cost rail operator €150m - so far

The string of walkouts by German train drivers in the autumn cost national rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) more than €150 million, DB's boss said on Wednesday. READ  

Top chef checks out discount groceries
Michelin-starred chef Nelson Müller. Photo: DPA

Top chef checks out discount groceries

Michelin-starred chef Nelson Müller filled up his baskets at Aldi and Lidl on Tuesday night to find out whether the discounters' groceries are up to his high standards - and found there's some things the discounters can't magic away. READ  

Volkswagen bested by Toyota in car sales
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Volkswagen bested by Toyota in car sales

Toyota sold 10.23 million vehicles last year, it said on Wednesday, outpacing General Motors and Volkswagen to remain the world's biggest automaker, but a shaky outlook for 2015 could see it lose the title to its German rival. READ  

How many Germans are in the one percent?

How many Germans are in the one percent?

After Oxfam released a report saying that half the world's wealth will be owned by just one percent of the population by 2016, we investigate just how many Germans are on top of the heap. READ  

ECB plans no substitute for reform: Merkel
Chancellor Merkel was presented with a historic stock-market bell on Monday. Photo: DPA

ECB plans no substitute for reform: Merkel

Southern European governments shouldn't think that a European Central Bank (ECB) plan to buy up government debt lets them off the hook for critical reforms, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday. READ  

Bauhaus villa scammer gets probation for plot
We bet Mandy T. would have liked this house too. Photo: DPA

Bauhaus villa scammer gets probation for plot

A woman who posed as a millionaire's heiress to live in a luxury villa for six days was sentenced on Monday to 14 months for the stunt. READ  

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