Till Hoppe reports on EU politics for Handelsblatt from Brussels. To contact the author: [email protected]
German utility E.ON is putting on a brave face, but its plan to absorb RWE's renewable energy unit is fraught with problems, both at home and abroad.
Fearing Beijing’s prying eyes, Germany aims to raise security standards to restrict the use of Chinese telecoms equipment. Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica are already checking how to remove Huawei gear from their networks.
The French and German rail giants have changed their divestment plans to try to alleviate European competition concerns. Further licensing of high-speed train technology and sales of signaling expertise are now on offer.
China’s CRCC may be growing fast but the French and German companies dominate Europe and have orders worldwide. Siemens may now carve out and IPO its rail unit.
The euro zone has saved well over €1 trillion in interest payments over the last decade, but governments have failed to use the windfall to get their budgets in order.
Volkswagen says it’s on board, but BMW and Daimler have remained silent. The reticence indicates German automakers are accepting this new reality.
Germany is ready to drop its insistence that EU countries accept migrant quotas. The compromise proposal seen by Handelsblatt is an attempt to break a deadlock blocking an urgently-needed reform of European migrant policy.
Berlin and Brussels are piling on resources to counter Russian meddling in next year's EU elections. The extra cash is peanuts compared to Moscow’s disinformation machine.
The CEOs of Germany’s three largest car companies will meet Donald Trump this week, hoping to prevent new tariffs and improve relations with a president who has explicitly threatened them.
While maintaining its innocence, the luxury carmaker is reluctant to act as a witness in an industry-wide antitrust case. The company's stance could expose it to stiff fines.