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Dr Friedrich von Bohlen: “You could ask yourself why America comes now and says let’s pause patent ownership. For the first time in biotech history, two of the three [successful] firms are not from the US.”

Two centuries ago, Friedrich Krupp, a struggling German inventor and would-be industrialist, was not yet 40 when he died in debt, leaving behind a wif(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council president Charles Michel: “We have to be very careful with our single market,” says Ms von der Leyen. “In the economy it’s the most precious instrument we have.” Photograph: Olivier Matthys

The European Union’s single market was under increasing strain as border closures by member states to curb the spread of Covid-19 disrupted the flow o(...)

“She’s wrecked”: German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

Germany may no longer be soccer world champions, but the country remains the place to beat for media mood swings - from self-love to self-lo(...)

Matthias Müller: likely to be new CEO of VW. Photograph: REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/Files

Robert Bosch, one of the founding fathers of German engineering, remarked a century ago that it was better for a company to lose money than trust. Thi(...)

Protesters outside Deutsche Bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt recently wearing masks depicting former chief executive Josef Ackermann, co-chief executive Juergen Fitschen, former board member Tessen von Heydebreck and former chief executive Rolf Breuer. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

The German dramatist Bertolt Brecht once remarked drily that breaking into a bank is nothing compared to founding a bank. His observation hangs in the(...)