# Trade

24.05.2018, China, Beijing: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
24.05.2018, China, Beijing: German Chanc […]

EU, China to hold talks on stalled investment deal

Chancellor Angela Merkel representing Germany, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, is to negotiate with Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of high-level talks concerning an investment deal between Beijing and the European Union.
The aerial view shows parked airplanes at the airport Duesseldorf, western Germany, on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)
The aerial view shows parked airplanes a […]

Aviation, autos and other virus victims

What has been the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the aviation, retail and automobile sectors? A recap of some major casualties amid layoffs, bankruptcies and rescue plans
British PM Boris Johnson waves as he leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on September 9, 2020, to attend Prime Minister's Question at the House of Commons. Photo: Ben Stansall / AFP
British PM Boris Johnson waves as he lea […]

UK’s controversial new Brexit powers law explained

The UK government is set for showdown talks with the EU after unveiling a new bill that will override parts of the divorce deal it signed with the bloc last year - the new bill explained
The Elizabeth Tower, commonly known Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament are pictured by the River Thames in London on February 1, 2017. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP
The Elizabeth Tower, commonly known Big […]

Spectre of no-deal Brexit returns to haunt virus-hit UK

The prospect of a no-deal Brexit looms again in Britain, stoking fears of a painful double whammy for an economy already on its knees due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak
A picture taken on December 28, 2016 in Vertou, western France, shows the logo of US electronic commerce and cloud computing company Amazon. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)
A picture taken on December 28, 2016 in […]

Virus lockdowns give major boost to e-commerce

While large traditional retailers announce big lay-offs because of the pandemic, the coronavirus lockdowns have given e-commerce a major boost as consumers shift to shopping online
Employees of German car maker Volkswagen (VW) work on Volkswagen ID.3 electric car models at an assembly line of the Volkswagen car factory in Zwickau, eastern Germany, on February 25, 2020. (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN / AFP)
Employees of German car maker Volkswagen […]

German carmakers warn of ‘unprecedented collapse’ in sales

Some 35% fewer new cars were registered on German roads in the first half of 2020 compared with last year, industry data showed, as the coronavirus pandemic plunges manufacturers into crisis
A photo taken on February 5, 2013 in Marseille shows credit cards. French police has arrested, early this morning in Paris and in several French and overseas departments, 22 people in connection with the trade of credit cards numbers on internet. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP)
A photo taken on February 5, 2013 in Mar […]

European banks team up to offer alternative to Visa, Mastercard

European banks have teamed up to deliver by 2022 a new unified payment system that will offer consumers cards and digital wallets that could offer a serious alternative to Visa and Mastercard
Aircrafts of German airline Lufthansa are seen at "Franz-Josef-Strauss" airport in Munich, southern Germany, on June 25, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. - German airline Lufthansa was poised to clear a key shareholder vote on its nine billion euro ($10 billion) state rescue on June 25, 2020, boosted by the EU's green light and the last-minute backing of a billionaire investor who had the power to veto the plan. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)
Aircrafts of German airline Lufthansa ar […]

Aviation, automobiles and other virus victims

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated several industries, from aviation and automobiles to retail and energy. Who are the major casualties, amid all the layoffs, bankruptcies and rescue plans?