In the Land of Milk and Energy
On a recent drive from Berlin to Hamburg, I passed through the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a rural area dotted with small villages and rolling farmland. Located just to the east of Hamburg and to the north of Berlin, the region is amongst Germany’s poorest and is unfortunately known for a persistent youth exodus and flirtation with far right politics.
Dodging a Bullet
German growth in the first quarter clocked in at half of one percent, five times higher than the anticipated expansion of just .1%. Strong growth, coupled with a resounding rejection of the projections of numerous economic bodies, bodes well for the entire continent.
Debt and Opportunity
The financial meltdown of 2008 and 2009 struck far and wide, leaving few places in the world unscathed. While the collapse of Lehman Brothers in New York can be pointed to as the seismic disturbance at the epicenter of the calamity, the European debt crisis was the resulting tsunami whose effects were much more far-reaching and destabilizing. With the words “European Debt Crisis” smeared across news tickers, computer screens and magazines around the globe...
The Future: Made in Germany
In early March, the German Federal Ministry for Environment and Energy launched an ad campaign declaring The Future: Made in Germany. Considering the exposure that Germany’s alternative energy sector has had in recent months, such a bold claim hardly seems outrageous. The German government announced that it once again beat its renewable targets for the year, with 20% of the nation’s needs being met with clean technology.
"Shabby Chic" driving Berlin's recovery
Berlin often makes headlines for its cultural cache and political prestige, but the city has, until recently, been outshone by Germany’s many thriving economic hubs. Munich and Stuttgart dominate the international auto industry and manufacturing. Hamburg and Cologne broadcast high-quality news and media. Germany’s stock exchange and financial powerhouses populate Frankfurt, and the Rhine/Ruhr is home to the country’s heavy industry.
Germany in 2012
As 2012 begins, it appears we are in store for another year of headlines dominated by economic doom, gloom and disparity. With the debt crisis turning two this spring and another recession either already here or at the gates, two recently published articles effectively summed up the current economic environment.
Berliners say "when will these bailouts end?"
The message was unequivocal Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative coalition was in apparent harmony with the opposition last Thursday as the Bundestag voted overwhelmingly to expand the European Financial Stability Facility, raising its scope to €440 billion. Only the socialist Left party, and a handful of government backbench rebels, voted against the measure.
Am Berliner Hauptbahnhof
As the German national rail network began to take shape in the closing decades of the 19th century, several large and impressive terminus stations where built in metropolitan Berlin. The most important of these was the Lehter Bahnhof, connecting the booming German capital with the ports in Germany’s second largest city, Hamburg
The Media Spree District of Berlin – Riverside Development Opportunities
Before the river Spree turns right and enters Berlin’s central district, Mitte, just south of Alexanderplatz, it flows westward on a wide and direct course. For much of this straightaway, between Ostkreuz and Jannowitzbrücke, the river was used during German division as a natural addition to the already infamous border defenses of the Berlin Wall.
Gucci, Luxury Apartments and Bombed-Out Ruins
When the Wall fell in Berlin in 1989, what many now consider the “heart of Berlin” was a mess of abandoned buildings, empty lots and prefabricated Eastern Block monstrosities. Hackescher Markt was less lively street cafes than bullet strafed facades, Friedrichstrasse more border blockades than Gucci.