Author Archives: Olaf Storbeck

RTL is a gamble on the future of old-fashioned TV

Bertelsmann is reducing its exposure to TV by selling a chunk of RTL. The …

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BMW, VW and Daimler: similar and unequal

The leading German carmakers have ignored the most severe crisis of the European auto …

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German caution will make banking union stronger

 Germany’s finance minister says that a pan-European bank resolution scheme requires changing the EU …

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Inflation fear shouldn’t constrain monetary policy

Central banks have more room to manoeuvre than inflation hawks think. Even temporarily excessive …

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German eurosceptics strong enough to nudge Merkel

A new anti-euro party is unlikely to make it into parliament in the 2013 …

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German minimum wage talk mostly symbolic for now

The country is one of the few in the EU without a minimum wage. …

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Bertelsmann faces 50 shades of digital challenges

The success of the “50 Shades” erotic trilogy boosted Bertelsmann’s 2012 profit. Yet the …

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Benefits of German 2003 big bang are overstated

Germany started liberalising its labour market 10 years ago. That brought some welcome results, …

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VW’s mega-profit hides risky governance weak spot

The carmaker’s 25 bln euros of pre-tax earnings are the highest ever for a …

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