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Made in Germany: The Business Magazine

Made in Germany gives an inside view of the global economy, provides gripping business reports from the heart of Europe. From the world’s financial markets to the offices of top CEO’s, our reporters are where the economic action is. Every week top-fli

Published: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:54:10 GMT

Last Build Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:54:10 GMT

Copyright: 2018 DW.COM, Deutsche Welle

And Cut! Women in the director's chair

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:40:00 GMT

Who has the last word on how women are depicted on the cinema screen? Directors! And most of them are men. Cristina Cubas asks Paz Lázaro from the Berlin Film Festival how women can make film less of a man's world.

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Combining kids & career

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:38:00 GMT

Family vs. career - a dilemma that can also trouble men who want to do more than a short-term stint in child-rearing. Jörg Asmussen, former executive at the ECB, risked his career for his children.

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Lots of work, not enough workers

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:30:00 GMT

Skilled craftsmen and women are in short supply in Germany, partly because the work isn't considered cool by young people. Businesses are over-stretched. We meet father and son roofers in Westphalia who are taking matters into their own hands.

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German-made electric car batteries

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:29:00 GMT

While German carmakers promote their electric cars, they are dependent on foreign-made battery cells. While potential suppliers are gearing up to change that, the domestic auto industry is taking a back seat. Is Germany missing the bus?

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Hydrogen hits the road

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:28:00 GMT

A car with steam coming out of the exhaust has to be running on hydrogen. The clean fuel cell technology has been around for 30 years, so why isn’t it taking off?

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Technology instead of animal testing

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 18:49:00 GMT

An organization set up by German carmakers exposed monkeys to diesel exhaust fumes to show they weren't carcinogenic. Animal testing is considered necessary in industries like pharmaceuticals. But why, when modern technology offers other options?

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Scandal? What scandal?

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 18:47:00 GMT

Emissions test on animals and people – just the latest scandal to hit VW. In 2015, the carmaker came under fire for cheating on diesel emissions. 2017, however, it managed to post a new unit sales record. How is that possible?

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Passion & Profit: Living for art

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 18:46:00 GMT

Daniel Eltinger paints with a vengeance, but it hardly pays the rent. Like many young artists, he dreams of being discovered one day. If star art dealer Gerd Harry Lybke signs you up, for example you're already halfway to making it.

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The power of greed

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 18:44:00 GMT

Greed is one of Christianity's seven deadly sins, and it predates capitalism. In our society, who is greedier -- the consumer or the capitalist? Are there any positive aspects to greed?

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Dresscode: The right fit

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 18:41:00 GMT

Buying suits off-the-peg is straightforward if you're an average size. But if your shoulders are uneven or your build is a bit burlier, things can get complicated. DW's Gerhard Elfers explains pitfalls when checking if a suit is right for you.

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Yet another cryptocurrency

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:05:00 GMT

Bitcoin is famous. Its price zigzags wildly. But there are other cryptocurrencies out there, including IOTA. We went to meet one of its developers at his office in Berlin.

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Waste-sorting skepticism

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:03:00 GMT

There are people in Germany who say there is no point in separating trash into different categories for recycling, it all ends up in the same dump. They are wrong. While a lot of trash just gets burned, a lot really does get recycled.

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India's trash problem

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:45:00 GMT

With a population of more than a billion, India generates a huge amount of waste. Little of it is recycled. A number of start-ups are developing ways to tackle the problem.

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Cap and trade: The EU vs. greenhouse gases

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:44:00 GMT

Key to the European Union's efforts to combat climate change is its emissions trading system, which involves caps on certain greenhouse gases. Is the system working?

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Making the most of CO2

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:42:00 GMT

Carbon dioxide emissions are bad for the environment; they drive climate change. Two German companies are working on technology to harness CO2 as a raw material to make other products.

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Dresscode: Dealing with Doubts

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:14:00 GMT

Does that look really work for you? Confidence in your own style can be hard to come by. And developing it is a process that never really stops. DW’s Gerhard Elfers explains who to turn to when you feel the need for a little advice.

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Founders Valley: Indonesia - future food

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:12:00 GMT

Indonesia's urban population is exploding. As farmers leave the land, there are worries over the country's food security. German entrepreneur Fridtjof Detzner meets a start-up founder who has developed a vertical farming system for city dwellers.

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Disruption, opportunity and fear

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:04:00 GMT

Emerging technologies are set to disrupt the way we live and work. Industries have little choice but to face the new challenges. Opportunities may be huge, but management and workforce will have to deal with the cognitive and emotional overload.

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Data security and cybercrime

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:00:00 GMT

Germans still mistrust cashless payment systems - and not without reason. We talk to Ralf Wintergerst, CEO of a company that specializes in data security.

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Should economics dictate healthcare?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:56:00 GMT

Medical ethicist Matthias Kettner is critical of medical care based on patients' economic status. In his book, "The Authority of Desire in Medicine", he puts medical care at the service of self-actualization and life planning.

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How much should you pay for your life?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:55:00 GMT

New drugs constantly hit the market, increasing patients' odds of recovery. Someone with 40,000 euros can buy a cure for cirrhosis of the liver and hepatitis C. Are such prices justified? Should companies be allowed to make billions in profits?

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Founders Valley: Medicine of the Future

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:48:00 GMT

German start-up founder Fridtjof Detzner is on the lookout for visionary medical innovations in Singapore. As one of the world's wealthiest countries, a lot of money is being invested in Singapore for the research and development of new technologies.

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Don't call me bossy: Women on the pitch

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:01:00 GMT

Why are there hardly any women in the upper echelons of professional soccer? Looking for answers, Cristina Cubas talks with Sandra Schwedler, chair of the supervisory board of a Bundesliga club.

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High-tech surgical assistance

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:39:00 GMT

Robots are becoming more and more common in surgical procedures. It's not easy for surgeons to master the various software. Programmers and physicians in Leipzig are developing standardized software solutions to link the devices.

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Emotions guide our buying behavior

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 19:49:00 GMT

How do companies touch customers' emotions? Joost van Treeck, a psychologist specializing in economics and advertising, is our guest on Made in Germany. "Nothing is worse than getting the customer wrong," he says.

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E-mobility for the city

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 19:29:00 GMT

It has a range of 120 kilometers, a three-hour charging time, and a low price. The eGo Life, developed at a university in Aachen, Germany, is a small car for big cities.

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Fact check: online dating services

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 19:26:00 GMT

Some 12 million Germans are looking online for someone to share their life. They often join dating websites. The industry generates more than 200 million euros in sales every year in Germany.

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The cost of companionship: online dating

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 19:25:00 GMT

There are more and more singles, especially in big cities. Dating Cafe is an online dating site with 1.7 million members. Why is finding someone so expensive?

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Sunfire - The search for new fuels

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 10:29:00 GMT

The Sunfire company in Dresden has developed an environmentally friendly way to make diesel out of just carbon dioxide, renewable electricity and water. It's a new twist in both the e-mobility and combustion-engine story.

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Digital Germany - The robots are coming (1)

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 23:34:00 GMT

DW investigates the changing face of the country’s increasingly digitalized workplace.

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Siemens is closing plants

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 21:30:00 GMT

Christmas 2017 will not be merry for many Siemens employees. Among the plants Siemens plans to close is the turbine factory in Goerlitz. Workers there are vowing to fight the mass lay-offs.

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Dresscode - X-mas special

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 21:30:00 GMT

DW’s very own style maven Gerhard Elfers has an important message: Don't give shoes for Christmas! Too risky. They must be selected with utmost care, for shoes reflect our personality.

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Talk: Consuming and giving

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:01:00 GMT

Psychologist Kim Marie Bischoff is in the DW studio to talk about shopping, retailing and gift-giving. How do retailers play on the emotions? Why is there so much pressure to give loads of presents? Why do Germans splurge at Christmas time?

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Taiwan – The new techie generation

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:37:00 GMT

High-tech products such as computers, laptops and smartphones have made Taiwan a wealthy country. These days it's also home to a thriving tech start-up scene focused on software, apps and AI.

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Dresscode – Outfit basics in the office

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:30:00 GMT

Nerds are known for worrying what to wear in the office. It’s actually pretty easy, provided you stick to a simple modular system. A select range of pieces that are guaranteed to combine well – promises DW host Gerhard Elfers.

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Robots - Paradise on earth

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:25:00 GMT

Supporters of Industry 4.0 insist it is a force for good. It serves to relieve humans of strenuous and monotonous work – and can also play a part in creative and social professions.

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Hong Kong - life in 3 square meters

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 19:02:00 GMT

Hong Kong's property prices are notoriously high. Many people live in cramped, inhumane conditions. Architects and creative businesses are looking for ways to make cities livable places for the future.

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Bye to big houses - mini is the future

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 19:00:00 GMT

Housing in cities is growing scarce, and rental prices are soaring. That's why some people are looking for alternatives. The Tiny House movement started in the US. The buildings are just a few square meters in size.

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Smart City - urban digitalization

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 18:58:00 GMT

Hamburg's digitalization is in full gear. Smart traffic lights react to congestion and communicate with buses. The technology offers citizens new ways of getting around without a car.

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Talk with project developer Philipp Bouteiller

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 18:55:00 GMT

As a project developer, he thinks digitalization could make urban planning more socially viable and sustainable. Philipp Bouteiller is responsible for the transformation of Berlin's Tegel Airport into a residential and business district.

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Startup challenges in Mongolia

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:36:00 GMT

After several years abroad, Khulan Davaadorj returned home to Ulaanbaatar and founded an organic cosmetics company. What hurdles did she have to clear to get her start-up off the ground?

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Don't call me bossy: Women and engineering

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:32:00 GMT

Why do so few women pursue careers in engineering? Cristina Cubas asks Juliane Siegeris, professor of computing and economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

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Top marks: The Elisabeth Selbert School

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:25:00 GMT

The Elisabeth Selbert vocational school is Germany's 2017 School of the Year. Around 2,000 students from 34 countries attend the Elisabeth-Selbert-Schule in Hameln. Why was this vocational school awarded?

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Student revolt!

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:23:00 GMT

Hans Anand Pant is the head of the German School Academy and a leading expert on education research. He'd like to see a transformation of the school system, but says it has to come from the schools themselves.

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Teaching for career changers

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:19:00 GMT

There will be a shortfall of 24,000 teachers in Germany's state schools by 2025. So now it's been made much easier for people who didn't train as teachers to qualify and change careers. But this retraining scheme is trickier than it sounds.

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Fact check: German schools

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:14:00 GMT

Schools aren’t a federal matter in Germany. State ministries are responsible for personnel and syllabus questions. And the ‘dual system’ approach, which combines practical experience with classroom learning, is also a unique aspect of education here.

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Dresscode: Who’s best-dressed at APEC?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:40:00 GMT

At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, delegates take a photo in local garb. After China’s Mao suit and Peru’s alpaca scarves, what sartorial delight will Papua New Guinea offer? DW’s style guru Gerhard Elfers can’t wait to find out.

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Money laundering in focus

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:39:00 GMT

Money laundering is a common practice among drug dealers, traffickers, smugglers, terrorists and other criminals. The practice is on the rise. In Germany, the Financial Intelligence Unit was established to deal with the growing problem.

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Inequality: Female business founders

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:38:00 GMT

There are far too few women founding companies in Germany. Sophie Chung is a young doctor who founded Qunomedical in Berlin - an online platform that connects foreign patients to hospitals. She spoke to us about the hurdles and prejudices.

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How to become risk literate

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:37:00 GMT

In Germany, there is little appetite for risk-taking. But there’s no such thing as zero risk. Risk analyst Gerd Gigerenzer says it’s all about managing it. Germans, in particular, may have a lot to learn.

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Using poker to teach decision-making

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:36:00 GMT

Managers face difficult decisions every day. Stephan Kalhamer thinks poker could help. The former poker champion teaches top movers and shakers how to manage risk and assess negotiating partners.

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Getting back up after failure

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:34:00 GMT

Business is about taking risks; success is never guaranteed. Although the majority of start-ups never get off the ground, speaking about failure remains a taboo. Now some entrepreneurs are breaking their silence with the aim of encouraging others.

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Interview with Jochen Empen: fair pay for all?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:30:00 GMT

A new bill on so-called "posted workers" in the European Union is designed to improve conditions for employees from southern and eastern Europe. But is fair pay for all a realistic goal? We ask Jochen Empen from the Federation of German Trade Unions.

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Is France hindering German companies?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:30:00 GMT

Foreign companies that do business in France face increasing bureaucratic hurdles, put in place by the French government. It appears to be a clear move to protect the French labor market. German companies are up in arms.

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Europe: Equal pay for the same work?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:40:00 GMT

The European Union wants to reform its legislation on so-called "posted workers". The aim is to ensure that workers from eastern Europe get the same wages as their counterparts when they’re sent to western EU countries where wages are higher.

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Don't Call Me Bossy: Women Bloggers

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:35:00 GMT

She's Germany's most successful blogger: Jessica Weiss has spent 10 years writing about fashion, beauty and lifestyle. But why these subjects and why not technology, for example? Aren't women bloggers just confirming female stereotypes?

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Anuthida Ploypetch: Instagram stardom

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:33:00 GMT

Anuthida Ploypetch works as a model. But her presence on Instagram is equally important to her. With 400,000 followers, she earns good money by advertising products in her posts. She talks to us about the Instagram advertising business.

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Facts: Influencers, the new millionaires

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:31:00 GMT

The world's most successful YouTuber earns around 13 million euros a year. A single post on Instagram can earn you 1,200 euros if you have over a million followers. Crazy? Crazy!

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Influencer - a new profession?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:30:00 GMT

Many so-called ‘influencers’ earn a living by disseminating sales messages in social media. How do you become successful in this marketing field? Our reporter meets Youtubers and instagrammers at the INREACH influencer marketing conference.

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Discrimination = Loss

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 19:04:00 GMT

Workforces in many German companies are changing, and the buzzword is ‘diversity management’. It doesn’t focus just on the social aspects of the issue, but also a company’s prospects.

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Don't Call Me Bossy: Sexism

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 19:02:00 GMT

In Germany, #Aufschrei helped initiate a public debate on sexism. But DW presenter Cristina Cubas says not nearly enough has changed for women. She talks to the initiator of the campaign about how to break the cycles that allow sexism to thrive.

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Chinese purchasing power

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:46:00 GMT

Five hundred thousand Chinese tourists visit one southern German city each year to go shopping. Stores even stage special events for their new customers. Luxury goods are in high demand because they cost more in China.

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Is the WTO still needed?

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:45:00 GMT

Does the idea of global free trade have a future if countries are seeking to erect trade barriers? Donald Trump says the World Trade Organization is a disaster, while others stress its importance. We have an exclusive report straight from the WTO.

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A brief history of cartels in Germany

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:44:00 GMT

When firms conspire, customers, suppliers and competitors lose out. Cartels may be illegal in Germany, but they are not a rarity. Collusion has affected the sausage, chocolate and the beer business. Is nothing sacred?

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Interview: Trade cartels and the law

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:44:00 GMT

What can be done to stop cartels? We ask Anna Blume Huttenlauch, lawyer for competition and antitrust law at Blomstein law practice in Berlin.

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Encyclopedias - End of an era

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:28:00 GMT

Encyclopedias, once repositories of collected wisdom, have been pushed aside by the internet. Publisher Alexander Bob has experienced the downfall of Germany's leading encyclopedia from the inside.

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Dresscode: Three-piece suits

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:26:00 GMT

If you're ever wondering why the boss can't remember your name, it may have to do with the way you dress. You have to stand out. So why not try a 3-piece suit? They're not always super-conservative. It depends on the vest and the accessories.

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Catalonia - stay or go now?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:25:00 GMT

Catalonia is Spain's industrial heartland, generating 25 percent of its exports. But the region's independence bid has made businesses jittery. Major corporations are moving their headquarters. What are mid-sized and small businesses doing?

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Digital visionary - Jimmy Wales

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:24:00 GMT

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales could be rolling in money if he allowed advertising on the online encyclopedia. But ads are unwelcome. Why isn't Wales interested in cashing in? What's the concept behind the donation-financed platform?

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Wikipedia - Knowledge Foundation

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:23:00 GMT

Wikipedia is the fifth most-visited website, one of the world's most valuable internet platforms. A non-profit foundation runs it, and does not accept advertising.

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Don't Call Me Bossy - Miriam Wohlfarth

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:29:00 GMT

Is the start-up scene just another men’s club? DW presenter Cristina Cubas meets Miriam Wohlfahrt, one of the few female founders of a fintech company in Germany. She says women don’t need to emulate men to be successful.

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The perils of megaprojects

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:28:00 GMT

When it comes to billion-euro projects, planning is key, says Klaus Grewe. The independent project manager has helped launch megaprojects like London’s 2012 Olympics and Berlin’s Central Rail Station. Now he’s advising Mexico City’s airport project.

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Why is Berlin "Poor, but Sexy"?

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:26:00 GMT

The marketing slogan may have helped attract some of the city’s annual twelve million tourists and up to 40,000 new residents. But Berlin is €60bn in debt and average earnings are less than in the rest of the county. What makes Berlin so popular?

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Dresscode - style is not a matter of money

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 11:34:00 GMT

Anyone who thinks style is only for the well-to-do will be surprised by the next edition of DRESSCODE. DW presenter Gerhard Elfers introduces his personal heroes from the Republic of Congo - the Sapeurs.

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Facebook - powerful opinion maker

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 11:30:00 GMT

Nearly two billion people are registered Facebook users. The company is making good money even though it charges no fees. Customers pay with their data, which Facebook sells to third parties - a lucrative business.

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Damaging - fake news on the internet

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 11:28:00 GMT

The internet is a hornets' nest full of hate speech, smear campaigns and fake news. Creative startups are specializing in cleaning up the communication garbage on the internet.

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Flying cars - a new sector takes off

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 11:26:00 GMT

The race is on. Who will be the first to market a flying car? Engineers around the world are working on it. A prototype made by Dutch company Pal-V goes into mass production in 2018.

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Farmyard or factory farms?

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:42:00 GMT

Farming is changing fast, adopting new technology to enhance profitability and feed a growing global population. Small family farms and farmyard idylls are being swept away. What about sustainability and environmental protection? And animal welfare?

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Don't call me bossy: Women at the wheel

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:07:00 GMT

DW presenter Cristina Cubas-Blasco talks to Sigrid Nikutta, head of Berlin's public transportation company. They agree that the driver's seat is where women belong.

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Insects' extinction: No insects, no food

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:05:00 GMT

Insects pollinate many crop plants, but insect populations are collapsing, and not only in Germany. Pesticides, monocultures, and changes to the landscape are among the causes. What can be done to reverse the trend?

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Interview: The future of farming

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:04:00 GMT

Bernhard Krüsken talks about the challenges facing farmers and farming. He's general secretary of the German Farmers' Association, a lobbying outfit. Its members range from huge agribusinesses to small organic market gardeners.

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Farmer makes videos about life on her farm

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:03:00 GMT

Anita Lucassen makes videos about her farm and her cows. She posts them on She offers a fascinating insight into what goes on at a dairy farm.

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Digital Germany: Smarty pants

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:01:00 GMT

Clothes are going digital. They could soon connect to the internet, set the washing machine themselves, and be mass produced on 3D printers.

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Growing a green world

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:43:00 GMT

We talk to Niko Rogler about ways to create a sustainable, resource-efficient economy. He is studying renewable energies at the Technical University of Berlin. How can we create a renewable and resource-efficient economy?

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Dresscode: Business hippies?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:48:00 GMT

Man buns are fine on samurai, and ponytails are OK if you are an aged hippie or rocker. Business and arty types in Europe find them cool too — somehow creative and rebellious and bold all at once. DW’s style maven Gerhard Elfers would beg to differ.

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Saved from the supermarket

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:47:00 GMT

20 million tons of food are discarded every year in Germany because it does not meet standards or is past its sell-by date. Environmental activist Raphael Fellmer opened a supermarket for non-conforming food and food past its sell by date.

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Scrapping diesel cars — a waste of resources?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:46:00 GMT

Auto manufacturers are offering cash incentives for scrapping diesels and buying new cars that pollute less. That sounds like it should be good for the environment, but what about all the natural resources that went into making the diesels?

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Digital Germany: Consumers

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:44:00 GMT

A digital personal shopping assistant quickly learns to identify a person’s preferences. Exploring the many ways digitalization and innovation: how they're changing life in Germany?

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Dresscode: Fix your cheap suit

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 10:35:00 GMT

DW style guru Gerhard Elfers recommends avoiding off-the-peg suits. His advice: Buy the good stuff cheaply when it’s on sale. But if that advice didn’t reach you in time, don’t despair! There are ways to make even a bad suit look better.

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Economic impact of fake news

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:52:00 GMT

Fake news items increasingly cause economic damage. At the same time, new business models are emerging to control data better. Alexander Rabe from eco, Germany's internet industry association, talks about the risks and opportunities.

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Berlin restaurants: Regional is better

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:49:00 GMT

Berlin restaurants are known for experimentation. More and more restaurateurs are offering authentic, regional cuisine. And it's a hit with customers. DW visited a local eatery that grows its greens right in the restaurant.

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