Until a few months ago, 90-year-old Hans Riegel went to his office at the Bonn-based candy maker almost every single day. Thanks to him, the small family business became an international enterprise.
Vienna was in raptures over the rhythmic energy they encountered at the premiere of Beethoven’s new symphony. Was the composer finally mad? Or had the audience just experienced a musical victory over Napoleon?
The European Central Bank has left its key interest rate at a historic low, pausing to assess the impact of its recent rate cut on the eurozone economy. But more monetary action might be needed to spur growth in 2014.
German pharmaceutical and chemicals firm Merck has offered to buy AZ Electronic Materials. Its bid for the UK-based materials manufacturer aims to bolster Merck’s position as the world’s top producer of liquid crystals.