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The Same, But Different: Eastern Europeans Tire of Being Sold Inferior Products

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 06:54
Why does Nutella in Hungary contain less cocoa than the same chocolate spread in Germany? Why do fish sticks in Prague have less fish? Eastern European are tired of being served inferior products -- and the EU is finally addressing the issue.

Brown Coal, Fool's Gold: Can Germany Break Its Lignite Habit?

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 08:48
Can Germany finally turn its back on brown coal? It will have to in order to reach its CO2 reduction pledges. But lignite is a reliable source of cheap energy and provides lots of jobs in economically fragile regions.

Custom Brewed Lifestyle: The Booming Coffee Industry and Those It's Left Behind

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 02:46
For decades, coffee was about as exciting as washing powder and detergent. But today it has become a lifestyle statement. The bean boom, though, hides the brutal economic realities behind coffee production. By DER SPIEGEL staff

Game for the Wealthy: The Ongoing Battle against Tax Havens

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:04
The Paradise Papers offer only the most recent look into the widespread practice of tax avoidance. Governments around the world have taken steps recently to block such strategies, but it is unclear whether they will ultimately be successful.

Digital Darwinism: We Need New Rules for the Internet Economy

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:12
Antitrust laws only go so far when addressing companies that don't produce any physical goods. It is time to negotiate a new set of rules. Otherwise, our future economy will be dominated by just a few companies.

Out of Nowhere: The Three Students Who Uncovered 'Dieselgate'

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 01:26
The diesel emissions scandal has already cost Volkswagen 25 billion euros, and no end is it sight. But how did it start? In a corrugated iron shack in the forests of West Virginia, discovered by a trio of university students.

Airbus Corruption Scandal: A Golden Handshake Worth 80 Million Euros

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:23
In the Airbus corruption scandal, CEO Airbus has pointed the finger at a Paris-based sales division. But according to information obtained by DER SPIEGEL, he authorized an 80-million-euro severance package for the former head of that division, Jean-Paul Gut.

Exploring the 'Bullshit Castle': Airbus Corruption Scandal May Lead Straight to the Top

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 02:47
A potentially vast corruption scandal threatens to overrun Airbus, with a Paris-based sales group suspected of having paid bribes around the world. German CEO Tom Enders is leading the clean-up effort, but documents reveal that he might not be as spotless as he claims. By DER SPIEGEL Staff