Morning Briefing Global Edition

Freedom to Agree at the AfD

AfD party convention
Germany’s right-wing AfD party likes freedom - at least on paper.
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    Why it matters

    • My Handelsblatt Morning Briefing Global Edition gives you an overview of the most important news from Germany and Europe – in a concise two-minute read.
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    • Greenpeace is setting up a transparent reading room at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, where the general public can read the secret TTIP documents.
    • Some of Deutsche Bank’s major investors may call for Achleitner to step down at the bank’s shareholders’ meeting on May 19.
    • 16,000 jobs are to be cut at Kaiser’s Tengelmann in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
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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 The organization passed on slightly outdated, secret documents from the negotiations on the TTIP proposed free-trade agreement to German TV broadcasters NDR and WDR, as well as Munich newspaper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.


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