Germany's second-largest bank, Commerzbank, is planning to cut between 4,000 and 6,000 jobs. The lay-offs are part of a larger trend of scaling back among German banks.
Beijing seems to be worried about a possible liquidity shortfall and is handing out cash to its main banks. The move comes as foreign direct investment and production growth slow unexpectedly.
German banking customers have a reputation for being conservative and for being very protective about their personal information - that's why many still prefer to go to their local branch.
In Latin America, only Guatemala's poor are getting even poorer. A new World Bank study says a key reason is that the government collects too few taxes. Low spending leads to poor infrastructure and slow growth.
On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the emir of Qatar in Berlin. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is one of the Middle East's most influential leaders - but his politics are controversial.
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