Mathias Brüggmann is an international correspondent for Handelsblatt, focussing on Eastern Europe, Iran and the Arab world. His previous postings were in Brussels, Moscow and Warsaw.
Germany sees a double standard in enforcing embargoes on trade and finance with Iranian companies.
Brussels’ plans to protect European firms and prohibit the observance of the American trade ban don’t work and aren’t taken seriously.
Despite having pulled out of a major event there recently, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser will travel to Saudi Arabia for another conference. The boss of the German industrial giant has little choice in the matter.
Germany and the EU's attempts to protect European companies from US sanctions on Iran are not working. And they can't stop the Iranian economy from becoming isolated as more sanctions are imposed.
Despite Berlin's pledge to keep the Iranian nuclear deal alive, German banks are so scared of breaching US sanctions that they are refusing to process payments from Iran.
The two countries restored relations after a 10-month diplomatic winter. Saudi Arabia agreed to keep the latest German arms shipment out of Yemen's civil war. Scout's honor.
Despite the sliding lira and diplomatic tensions, many German businesses remain committed to Turkey because they see the country’s long-term growth potential.
The US wants to force Europe to break business links with Iran. Along with other European partners, the German government is determined to push back against American pressure.
The world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas wants to invest in a German LNG terminal. That would reduce Berlin’s dependence on Russian gas and ease Trump’s pipeline envy.
The Arabic oil nation, a shareholder in VW and Deutsche Bank, will make new investments in Germany, Qatar’s finance minister said. The figure runs into the billions of euro.