America's Booming Auto Market
Sales at US automakers General Motors and Chrysler shot up in September, suggesting that both companies have model-line ups that American drivers want most. But Germany's Volkswagen, which wants to become the largest automaker in the world, is having a hard time. And VW dealers in the US are now swamped with cars no one seems to want to buy.
Poland's Economy and the Ukraine Crisis
Poland knows first-hand that those tit-for-tat sanctions between the West and Russia are bad for business. The country's exports to Ukraine have nosedived by 30 percent. Poland's business-friendly tax schemes and cheap labor have attracted lots of foreign companies. Some are now concerned about the impact of prolonged uncertainty in eastern Ukraine
Japan Celebrates Its Superexpress Trains
A defining moment in the history of post-war Japan was the day 50 years ago when the country inaugurated a high-speed train service between Tokyo and Osaka. The sleek, speeding trains came to symbolize the country's remarkable recovery from World War II. The Shinkansen trains are as beloved today as they were then... and, they are getting faster.