NGOs set the agenda in our world today – just ask Greenpeace. The organization passed on slightly outdated, secret documents from the negotiations on the TTIP proposed free-trade agreement to German TV broadcasters NDR and WDR, as well as Munich newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Reading the report, you get the sneaking suspicion nothing’s going to come of the trans-Atlantic pact. But maybe that’s just wishful thinking or selective editing from the folks at Greenpeace.
Friendship, like money, is easier made than kept. Once upon a time, Deutsche Bank supervisory board chief Paul Achleitner went to bat for star lawyer Georg Thoma, putting him on the board’s control committee. Now the unsubtle sacking of Thoma is unsettling investors.
Corporate expert Carl-Christian Freidank said the ouster could have a “disastrous impact” on the bank. Achleitner seems to have lost control of the board too. Unfortunately for Thoma, the whole mess proves one thing: Friends may come and go, but enemies tend to stick around and multiply.