The Handelsblatt Global Edition launch party in Berlin continued to make waves this week throughout the German media world. The event that was held last Thursday – which included a keynote speech by the former German defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg – was heavily covered in the German press, both in print and on television.
Mr. zu Guttenberg, now a CNN commentator and founder of New York-based Spitzberg Partners, gave a blunt, unblemished assessment of the strained state of German-American transatlantic relations, and urged both sides to end the bickering and resume a dialogue critical to the future of European stability on the Continent. The U.S. ambassador to Germany, John B. Emerson, called on both sides to unite against the larger threats posed by Islamic terrorism and Russian aggression in Ukraine.
The owner of Handelsblatt, Dieter von Holtzbrinck, spoke of his being deeply moved at the creation of Handelsblatt Global Edition, which fulfills a lifelong dream to extend the publishing company’s news voice into the English-speaking media world. The Handelsblatt publisher, Gabor Steingart, praised the Berlin-based staff of the Global Edition for their efforts in bringing about a new quality, media voice that will better represent the reality of German business and politics on the global stage.
The event, which drew a group of about 200 top decision makers from German business, politics and media, was covered by a variety of publications and televisions stations. Reports on the event, which was held in Berlin at Restaurant Refugium on Gendarmenmarkt, were aired in RTL TV’s “Nachtjournal’’ as well as on German news broadcaster NTV. Reports also appeared on German news agency dpa, as well as newspapers and other publications such as Der Tagesspiegel, the Frankfurter Allgemeine, Focus and regional papers such as the Kölner Stadtanzeiger.
The Handelsblatt Global Edition appears in English each weekday at noon in Berlin – at 6 a.m. on Wall Street – and represents the best work from the more than 500 journalists working in Germany and around the world for Handelsblatt, Germany’s leading daily business newspaper, WirtschaftsWoche, the country’s leading business weekly magazine, Die Zeit, the leading general-interest weekly newspaper, as well as Tagesspiegel, Berlin’s market-leading newspaper of record. Individual annual subscriptions to Handelsblatt Global Edition start at €149.99 ($190) and can be made at: www.global.handelsblatt.com
The news and articles presented in Handelsblatt Global Edition originate in publications owned by Dieter von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.