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A four-day week is not unprecedented in Germany’s auto industry: in the 1990s Volkswagen cut a day’s work – and 10% of salaries – to save 30,000 jobs. Photograph: Getty Images

Leading German unions have proposed introducing a four-day working week with minimal loss of pay to save jobs and head off the worst economic shocks o(...)

In the fast lane: Tesla has experienced a tenfold share price increase in less than a year. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

What can you say about Tesla? Renowned short seller Jim Chanos once said the stock was “worthless” but last week, following a tenfold share price incr(...)

Sir Bernard and Lady Docker. Known by the gossip columns as “Naughty Norah”, she married three millionaires and spent their money with relish. Photograph: Getty Images

Many years ago, my mother went through a brief phase of inventing words and expressions. “He was hyrannical,” she would say, to describe someone who h(...)

A handout picture believed to be taken in 1937 at an undisclosed location and released by Continental on August 27, 2020 shows Buna synthetic rubbers presented at a Continental booth at a fair in Germany. Photograph: Continental/AFP via Getty

Continental, one of the world’s largest car parts makers, was a “pillar” of the Nazi war effort and exploited about 10,000 forced labourers, according(...)

Free Now, which is owned by German carmakers Daimler and BMW, told its drivers on Tuesday that they should by now have received two payments in their bank accounts. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Free Now, the taxi app with up to 14,000 drivers in Ireland, says it has paid all drivers the money it owes them, after two weeks of delays that had s(...)

Free Now said: “[We] appreciate that this delay is unacceptable and that is why we are doing everything we can to resolve this.” Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

A Government TD has called for a State investigation after taxi app Free Now missed yet another driver payment deadline – its fourth in two weeks – le(...)

Free Now has signed up 14,000 taxi drivers in the Republic. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Free Now, the taxi app that has signed up 14,000 drivers in the Republic, still has not passed on fares due to Irish taxi drivers, after promising las(...)

Taxi drivers affiliated to the Free Now app gathered outside the company’s Dublin office on Friday. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Free Now, the taxi app that has signed up 14,000 Irish drivers, has blamed “technical issues” at a supplier for delays in paying taxi drivers their fa(...)

German output fell by 10.1 per cent, the most since the quarterly data series began in 1970. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Germany’s economy plunged into a record slump in the second quarter, when virus restrictions slammed businesses and households across Europe, destroyi(...)

The dividend cut is meant to conserve cash after VW burned through €2.3 billion in the second quarter, the period worst hit by the pandemic. Photograph: Getty Images

Volkswagen cut its proposed dividend after recording an €800 million loss in the first half of the year, when the coronavirus pandemic shuttered showr(...)

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