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International Relations

Tackling social problems with business solutions

ImageSocial entrepreneurs are changing the world by solving problems with entrepreneurial means. Several dozen of them are taking part in this year's World Economic Forum in Davos at the invitation of the Schwab Foundation.

International Relations

Young people want a say in Davos

Fifty participants under the age of 30 have been invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. DW's Manuela Kasper-Claridge meets three of these young people making a difference around the world.

Economy

Davos and the fear of Darth Vader

Europe's economy is in the doldrums, China's is growing at its slowest pace in years, and central banks aren't even on the same page. A diagnosis from Davos by DW's Andreas Becker.

Economy

Quo Vadis, Europe?

The future of Europe has dominated the agenda in Davos. Debates revolved around two controversial issues: The European Central Bank's bond-buying program and the upcoming election in Greece.

Refugees

Should Europe open its borders to refugees?

A panel at the World Economic Forum discussed the opportunities and risks of immigration in Europe, chaired by DW Director General Peter Limbourg. Manuela Kasper-Claridge reports from Davos.

Africa

Africa struggles to be heard in Davos

Islamist violence and the spread of Ebola are serious new threats to Africa and its economy. Slow growth among Africa's top trade and investment partners and falling commodity prices add to the continent's difficulties.

Markets

DAX, dollar at new highs following ECB announcement

Germany's main stock index, the DAX, has reached record highs in Frankfurt after the ECB announced a bond-buying program. It was helped along by the euro, which fell to new long-term lows on the news.

Eurozone crisis

German financial and political leaders critical of ECB stimulus plan

The European Central Bank has implemented a plan to ease the eurozone crisis by printing money and buying government bonds. Prominent figures in Germany were unimpressed, charging the bank with overstepping its bounds.

Arms Exports

Berlin mulls Saudi, Australian weapons deals: reports

Germany has decided to cease exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia because of ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. But Germany's weapons industry stands recoup some losses with a consignment of submarines to Australia.

Protests

Unrest 'taking its toll' on Bangladeshi economy

The ongoing campaign of protests and transport blockades by Bangladesh's second biggest political party, BNP, is heavily constraining public life and business activity, as Dhaka-based analyst Henrik Maihack tells DW.

Europe

Merkel and Gabriel offer Russia free-trade agreement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered Russia negotiations with the EU on the "possibilities of cooperation in a joint trade area." In return, Berlin expects "a comprehensive resolution" of the conflict in Ukraine.

India

Uber flouts Delhi ban after rape scandal

Uber is back in business in the Indian capital despite official threats its cars may be impounded. The cab-hailing service was banned last month following allegations that one of its drivers raped a customer.

Acquisitions

Li Ka-shing interested in buying O2 in Britain

Hong-Kong based Hutchinson Whampoa is set to acquire the UK's O2, according to newspaper reports. The move could create Britain's biggest mobile phone group, with some expecting a deal to be announced shortly.

Crime

Fake money floods Germany

Counterfeit money cost Germany millions last year, with the number of counterfeit bills shattering previous record in the last six months of 2014. But the cental bank says it's not too alarmed.

Arctic

Arctic oil rush on ice?

A conference on climate and energy has brought politicians, scientists and business people to the Norwegian city of Tromso. In an oil and gas-rich country, cutting climate-killing emissions is a controversial issue.

Oil

Sinking feeling: Scotland struggles as oil price plunges

As the price of oil continues to fall, the fallout is starting to make itself felt within the industry and those dependent on it. Nowhere more so than in Scotland's north-east, as Peter Geoghegan reports from Aberdeen.

Design

Germany unveils new trends in furniture design

The international furniture fair IMM Cologne has opened its doors in the Rhineland metropolis. And the new major trend this year? Comfort and coziness.

Greece

Left-wing Syriza wins Greek parliamentary election with near absolute majority

Greece's outgoing prime minister has conceded defeat to the left-wing Syriza party. Syriza's Alexis Tsipras has vowed to renegotiate the country's international bailout, calling for an end to "austerity and humiliation."

Opinion

Opinion: Davos' misconceptions and expectations

The annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos has once again drawn to a close without the world having been made a better place. DW business editor Andreas Becker writes that's no reason to dismiss the WEF.

Greece

Can Syriza reduce Europe's debt?

Greece's leftist populist party, Syriza, says European countries are overburdened with debt. Its leaders are proposing a high-level conference to decide how to reduce and restructure that debt. What are their options?

Exchange Rates

Stock markets rally, euro hits lowest level against dollar in 11 years after ECB plan

The value of the euro has dropped to its lowest level against the US dollar since 2003. The sudden slump followed the ECB's announcement of a massive bond-buying program which it hopes will boost inflation.

Eurozone crisis

ECB's bond buy gets mixed response in Brussels

The leaders of Italy and France will rejoice at the ECB's decision to buy the debt issued by their governments. But members of the European Parliament are skeptical the policy will lead Europe out of the crisis.

Bundesliga

Another record year for Bundesliga revenues

After a brilliant 2014 for the German national team, the Bundesliga recorded yet another year of record-breaking revenues in 2013/14. Germany's top flight also holds the highest average attendance in Europe.

Eurozone crisis

Opinion: ECB could fund a European renaissance

The ECB's decision to begin buying previously issued government bonds isn't going to rescue Europe's economy. The ECB needs to go a big step further, says Jasper Sky in an op-ed for DW.