Germanwings crash: The worst disaster in German aviation history
What caused flight 4U9525 to crash?The official probe is examining data from the black box recorder. Its investigation could take weeks or months. Meanwhile, Lufthansa and Germanwings bosses are hoping for a quick answer to that question.
German consumer confidence soars
German consumer confidence has reached record levels. This is according to market research institute Gfk. A rise in domestic consumption may spur imports and push down Germany's export surplus. The country's positive consumption climate is good for business. Critics of Germany's economic policy may just have to backpedal.
Environmental awareness in China
Asian powerhouse China has built a lot of its breathtaking growth on industries that pollute the air. Beijing is plagued by hazardous smog levels which at times reach 20 times the limit recommended by the World Health Organization. Beijing has now dispatched pollution inspectors to enforce tougher environmental standards.