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Business 28 Dec 2015 | 4:35 AM

Merkel takes centrestage in EU’s year of crises

BERLIN: In a year of crises for Europe, from the Ukraine war to Greece’s debt turmoil to the historic refugee influx, Germany’s Angela Merkel emerged as the continent’s de facto leader, drawing more praise and fire than ever.

Economy 23 Dec 2015 | 5:25 AM

A year on, Germany tots up pros and cons of minimum wage

FRANKFURT: One year has passed since Germany introduced a national minimum wage, with no evidence so far of the catastrophic economic consequences predicted by its opponents.

Business 23 Dec 2015 | 12:00 AM

Swedish minister rejects criticism on budget

STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s Finance Minister has rejected criticism from a prominent national forecaster that her budget policies are putting the country’s fiscal credibility at risk.

Property 12 Sep 2015 | 12:00 AM

Anggun, The Row to leverage on each other

GREAT things come in small packages. That seems to hold true for William Ng, director of Urbanspace Sdn Bhd, part-owner of 22 shoplots known as The Row in Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur.

Business 11 Jul 2015 | 12:00 AM

A crisis-prone period

FORMER US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was supposed to have joked that “there can’t be another crisis – my calendar is full”.

Business 06 Jun 2015 | 12:00 AM

Why is society so polarised?

POLARISATION is the deep divisions within society. We see this in every opinion poll where the majority of the population is almost equally divided between those who agree to stay with the status quo and those who want to change it. In between are the Tea Parties or the radical minority, whose views are much more extreme, but they help shape public opinion, which is both undecided and confused at the same time.

Analyst Reports 09 May 2015 | 12:00 AM

World order or disorder

WE live in a world of grave uncertainty. Because we are confused by too much volatile information, we rely on experts to interpret for us how to understand history and how to read the future.

Analyst Reports 02 May 2015 | 12:00 AM

Remembering Bandung, Sandakan and Hiroshima

THIS year marks the 60th anniversary of the historic Bandung Conference and the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Business 23 Sep 2014 | 3:44 PM

Ikea's next style revolution: itself

ALMHULT: Having redesigned kitchens, bathrooms and sitting rooms around the world, Ikea has decided to redesign itself.

Business 17 Feb 2014 | 8:08 AM

Business leaders fear prolonged Aussie-Indonesian chilly relations could hit economic ties

JAKARTA: Indonesia expects ties with Australia to remain on ice for at least six months and business leaders fear a prolonged chill could hit economic ties, especially if government meetings that might open the way for business agreements are derailed.