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    1. December 17, 2014

      German businesses face inheritance tax shake-up

      Germany must overhaul rules that grant sweeping inheritance tax exemptions to beneficiaries of family-owned corporate...

    2. December 16, 2014

      Germany’s eurosceptics back anti-immigration drive

      Germany’s nascent anti-immigration movement drew its biggest crowd yet at a 15,000 strong rally on Monday night as it...

    3. December 16, 2014

      Eurozone malaise dents car industry

      Hard-pressed European consumers have applied the brakes to car purchases, which grew at their slowest pace for 12 months in...

    4. December 15, 2014

      Berlin and Brussels rage over road tolls

      A row has erupted between Berlin and Brussels over Germany’s contentious plan to introduce motorway tolls for cars that only...

    5. December 15, 2014

      Time to leave the German Bund party

      At a time when there is a widespread expectation that the European Central Bank will soon launch its version of...

    6. December 14, 2014

      German family-owned businesses fear tax blow from court ruling

      Germany’s family-owned companies, the backbone of the country’s economic strength, fear they may have to scale back...

    7. December 12, 2014

      Karl Otto Pöhl, former Bundesbank president, 1929-2014

      When in the late 1970s Karl Otto Pöhl swapped a job at the heart of West Germany’s government for a senior position at the...

    8. December 11, 2014

      Court favours investors in Deutsche Telekom IPO dispute

      Thousands of small investors achieved a partial victory on Thursday after Germany’s highest court ruled that Deutsche...

    9. December 11, 2014

      Emergency call transfer to 4G raises concern in UK

      The UK is pushing ahead with an experiment to move emergency service communications on to mobile phone networks in 2016 even...

    10. FT Photo Diary

      December 11, 2014

      Winter ride

      Two cyclists are reflected in a puddle shortly after a storm on the banks of the river Rhine in Duesseldorf, Germany. ...

    11. December 11, 2014

      Merkel coalition legislates to curb union power

      Angela Merkel’s government has approved draft legislation that curbs the ability of small but influential unions to bring...

    12. December 11, 2014

      Eurozone spreads widen on ‘Grexit’ fears

      The eurozone “convergence” trade has worked well for most of 2014. But is it time to bet on a reversal next year?...

    13. December 10, 2014

      Supermarkets: Day of the discounters

      In a country house near London, a group of friends tuck into Christmas dinner. On offer are lobster, turkey with all the...

    14. December 10, 2014

      Shifts and shocks on the soft power scale

      I used to be asked how the US could deploy its soft power in the Middle East more effectively. That was in the days of the...

    15. FT Alphaville

      December 10, 2014

      Keep beholding the (German) Euroglut

      If you don’t you might miss all the capital outflow which, according to Deutsche’s George Saravelos, “not only has...

    16. December 10, 2014

      The post-recession slowdown is structural

      The worst postwar recession has been followed by weak growth. It is readily assumed that this is cause and effect. Such an...

    17. December 9, 2014

      Merkel eyes relief for German taxpayers

      German chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to an easing of the tax burden before the next election in a rare...

    18. December 9, 2014

      Deutsche Telekom and FireEye create cyber security service

      Deutsche Telekom has formed a joint cyber security venture with FireEye, the Silicon Valley cyber security group, focused on...

    19. December 9, 2014

      Dresden protest reveals rising anger in Germany over immigration

      A march in Dresden that drew 10,000 people has capped a winter of anti-immigration demonstrations in Germany’s cities and...

    20. December 9, 2014

      Audit says Vodafone underpaid for Kabel

      An auditor has concluded that Kabel Deutschland was worth more than Vodafone paid for it last year, bolstering the case of...

    21. December 9, 2014

      Europe’s lonely and reluctant hegemon

      I n 2014, we have commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of first world war and the 25th anniversary of the fall of...

    22. December 9, 2014

      France and Germany share the pain over fund for bank failures

      Germany and France are to share the pain for funding Europe’s banking union, under a deal that eases French lenders’...

    23. December 9, 2014

      BMW and Volkswagen make changes at the top

      BMW and Volkswagen, two of the biggest names in German carmaking, announced shake-ups to their senior management on Tuesday....

    24. December 8, 2014

      Watch your words or feed populism, French minister warns Germany

      France’s finance minister has called on the German establishment to watch its words when criticising his country’s economic...

    25. FT Alphaville

      December 8, 2014

      Which euro area countries have been driving household spending growth?

      Handy chart from CreditSights illustrating the changing fortunes of euro area households over the past couple of years:...

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      December 8, 2014

      A way forward on food banks

      It is often the little things that, in the final instance, make people visit food banks. Earlier in the year, at two food...

    27. December 8, 2014

      Germany’s CSU backtracks as plan for immigrants draws ridicule

      The junior partner in German chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government has backtracked on a controversial suggestion...

    28. December 8, 2014

      Datawatch: real wages since the crisis

       Real wages in Germany and the US have risen slightly since the financial crisis, whereas in the UK they have fallen 7.5...

    29. December 8, 2014

      Paris and Berlin seek to delay cuts in EU car emissions standards

      France and Germany have moved to stave off another round of carbon emissions cuts for vehicles sold in the EU, setting the...

    30. December 7, 2014

      Merkel accuses Putin of ‘creating problems’

      German chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a sweeping criticism of President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine crisis, warning...

    31. December 7, 2014

      Political upstart challenges Germany’s greying leaders

      Jens Spahn is known in Germany as a young politician in a hurry. This week he plans to use the annual party conference of...

    32. December 7, 2014

      Ageing Europe needs the new blood immigration brings

      In a Europe defined by ageing societies, shrinking workforces and stagnant living standards, immigration is both a partial...

    33. FT Photo Diary

      December 5, 2014

      Eyes and ears on Ghani

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Afghani President Ashraf Ghani take part in a press conference at the Federal...

    34. December 5, 2014

      Communist heirs win control of German state of Thuringia

      Germany’s far-left Linke party, the successor to the former East German Communists, on Friday won control of its first...

    35. December 5, 2014

      Bundesbank slashes German growth forecast for next year

      The Bundesbank has halved its forecast for German growth next year to 1 per cent, a move that will exacerbate concerns the...

    36. December 4, 2014

      Taxing system drives Germans into arms of advisers

      Business has never been better at Knappworst and Partner, a tax advisory firm in Potsdam, a leafy city on the wealthy...

    37. December 4, 2014

      EU’s Hill considers shelving bank structural reforms

      The EU’s new financial services chief may withdraw a proposal next year to overhaul the structure of big European banks if...

    38. December 4, 2014

      Tui Travel upbeat on trading ahead of merger

      Tui Travel packed its bags and prepared for merger with its German sister company by giving an upbeat view on trading, in...

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