Delisting Capitalism

The strange case of the shrinking stock markets

Tesla epitomizes a worrisome trend in modern capitalism: The fact that ownership is becoming less public and more private.

Daily briefing

Nanny state in nursing care? No prob

An upstart fintech outstrips Deutsche, while Germany is girding its creaky grid. Plus, a storm about a sausage made in Wolfsburg. Our daily briefing on August 16, 2018.

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The tragedy in Genoa is a wakeup call

The flip side of Airbnb, how renewables can't stand the heat, plus why we should stand by Ankara even as Erdogan exacerbates Turkey's troubles. Our daily briefing on August 15.

No Schadenfreude

The West shouldn’t revel in Erdogan’s misfortunes

Turkey is teetering on the brink, almost as if karma finally caught up to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Still, it is not the right for Europe to gloat about the power-hungry leader’s troubles, writes Handelsblatt’s Jens Münchrath.

Daily Briefing

Bayer: has glyphosate, needs Aspirin

Bayer’s glyphosate crash; VW’s Bentley problem; the worsening Turkish crisis; and Merkel’s next meeting with Putin: Our daily briefing for August 14.

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Turkey could be triggering the next financial crisis

Trump v Erdogan; Merkel's Andalusian amigo; and John Thain loves Deutsche Bank. Our Daily Briefing for August 13.


When German companies talk about ‘diversity,’ they only mean women

Adding women to executive boards does not a diversity-management strategy make.

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Should Germany get nukes?

Germany debates the unthinkable; the Game of Krupp Thrones saga evolves; and a posse to bring Europe a migrant policy. Our Daily Briefing for August 9.

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A mother’s unthinkable crime against her son

A horrific crime; the silent rise of The Greens; and talking to Turkish President Erdogan. Our Daily Briefing for August 8.

Hazardous Chemistry

Germany’s dangerous flirtation with nuclear weapons

Berlin may be toying with the idea of embracing its nuclear ambitions, but doing so would jeopardize the delicate balance of power in Europe, writes a security policy expert.

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Ties that bind

Reclaiming European sovereignty is the best revenge

After Donald Trump’s European tour, there is no doubt that he and his supporters want to destroy the American-led international order and global trade system, Joschka Fischer writes.

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Are we seeing the twilight of the euro?

A renowned German economist suggests that the euro’s third decade will make it or break it.

Reality check

Refugees are fleeing war and violence today, climate change tomorrow

People who believe climate change won’t impact us here in Europe are lying to themselves, writes E.ON’s CEO Johannes Teyssen. It will force more people to migrate to the continent.

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Mesut Özil and the pain of exclusion

Mesut Özil, Colin Kaepernick, Tommie Smith: White majorities in Germany, America and elsewhere often don’t hear, or don’t want to hear, the pained and primal screams of their minorities.

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Heated up

The German war against drafts

Fresh air or deathly drafts? Germans’ belief in the myth that breezes make you sick is completely overblown. This Handelsblatt editor is hot and bothered.

A new scheme

Europe needs a minimum price on carbon emissions

Adopting a higher price floor for every ton of carbon released during power generation will help EU countries switch from coal to renewables more quickly, write two energy policy experts.

Not the big league

Racism is endemic in German soccer, from the bottom to the top

Mesut Özil had it good. The son of Turkish immigrants actually got to believe he was German for a while. Millions of other athletes in Germany never get that far, says one journalist who reported on soccer in the country’s lower leagues.

Daily Briefing

Audi’s new driver

Bye bye BMW, hello Audi: The VW subsidiary gets a new boss from a rival. Also, Özil continues to roil Germany, and Iran tweet-flirts with POTUS. Our briefing for July 24, 2018.

NATO fate lies in Trump's hands


What would a world without NATO look like?

Yes, NATO’s military capacity is improving, but its political decision-making capacity is deteriorating in the hands of Trump, writes Sweden's former prime minister.

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World Inequality Report 2018

Economists read the new Piketty report so you don’t have to

A new report by Thomas Piketty addresses growing global inequality. Where does Germany fit in? Economists Clemens Fuest and Andreas Peichl examined the data for Handelsblatt.

How to debate a populist, how to fight civilly

Civil Discourse

How to debate a populist

Even after WWII, German nationalists and communists engaged one another in mutually respectful debate. It's hard to imagine that happening today, writes Helmut K. Anheier.

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Plague of locusts

The investor attack on ThyssenKrupp damages democracy

The conglomerate is one of the prime examples of the success of Germany’s social market economy, says former vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel. But now activist investors threaten both.

Risk Cover

ECB’s new rules for bad loans make good sense

Germany approves of the new regulations on how banks can deal with bad debt and reduce risk, as introduced by the euro zone’s chief banking watchdog.

Fighting talk

Why Europe should heed Trump’s NATO warning

Forget Donald Trump’s rantings over European allies’ defense spending – the real danger is what they’ll do when America no longer comes to their aid.

Pipeline Defense

Nord Stream 2 takes center stage in Trump’s NATO performance

Trump is right that Germany’s reliance on Russian gas is worrying, but he is wrong to conflate the pipeline with NATO spending, write two policy experts for Handelsblatt Global.


Germany’s beloved finance minister needs to prioritize investment

Olaf Scholz is Germany’s most popular politician, but he isn’t investing enough in education, infrastructure and health, writes Handelsblatt’s Martin Greive.

When less is more

Europe needs to amalgamate the defense industry, if it wants an EU army

Talk of a European army is welcome — but also cheap. Given the current state of trans-Atlantic relations, European governments need to back policy to consolidate the EU’s armaments industry, says a German lawmaker.