In recent months the price of oil has fallen massively. That has hit Russia, Iran and Venezuela particularly hard. Conspiracy theories abound as to the source of the current supply gut.
The European Central Bank (ECB) will announce the results of its latest stress test on October 26. German banking regulator president Elke König tells DW that banking oversight should ideally be separate from the ECB.
The European Union has unveiled new rules on how a new bailout scheme for banks should be financed. A heavier burden will be placed on bigger, riskier institutions while smaller banks will pay a flat rate.
Russian investigators claim a "drunk" snow plough driver and an air traffic control "error" led to the death of Christophe de Margerie, the head of France's oil giant Total. His small jet crashed on takeoff in Moscow.
Major US and European banks have been fined for forming cartels and rigging interest rates. The European Commission said the "economy needs a healthy, transparent, well-functioning financial sector."
Fresh data have shown that China is facing an uphill battle to return to more growth. The world's second largest economy logged the slowest growth rate since the onset of the global financial crisis.
Australia has said it will help Chinese authorities to seize assets from corrupt officials and extradite economic fugitives. The deal is part of Beijing's operation "Fox Hunt" aimed at retrieving ill-gotten gains.
In a move to reform its ailing energy sector, India has pledged to open up the coal mining industry to private companies. It said this would end a four-decade monopoly by nationalized Coal India mid-term.
Germany's Economy Minister has called for a new stock exchange segment for high-tech startups to boost their access to venture capital funding. At a summit, he also outlined plans to develop the Internet of Things.
Strikes by well organized specialists in key positions are regularly generating chaos in Germany. Labor Minister Andrea Nahles wants to tame specialist unions with a new law - but that won't be easy.
The Ebola outbreak has meant big business for one Bavarian firm.
There are lots of butterflies in Cambodia, and they're big business.
A butterfly farm in Cambodia is one of the unusual ways growing income from the cities is being distributed to the countryside.
Lufthansa pilots are threatening more strikes this week in a dispute over retirement benefits. The pilots walked off the job on Monday, forcing Lufthansa to cancel short and medium haul routes. The stoppage was extended to more profitable long haul flights on Tuesday. All flights have resumed for now.
France badly needs labor market and regulatory reforms to kick-start its sluggish economy. The new prime minister is determined to push measures through despite protests.
The cost of crude is a keenly watched barometer for the global economy and most recently it's been forecasting gloom. A barrel of North Sea Brent crude now fetches around 84 dollars. That is a 25 percent drop in 3 months.
The rouble has fallen steadily since the Ukraine crisis first flared up at the beginning of the year. This month alone the country's central bank has spent billions of dollars to keep it from setting even worse record lows.
Germany has launched a new Textiles Alliance aimed at moving the international textile supply chain toward better labor and environmental practices. It includes 29 industry associations, importers and NGOs, although many key players of Germany's fashion industry are refusing to join.
London banks responded to last year's EBA bonus with a raft of new fringe benefits for staff. But the European Banking Authority has ruled that the practices must cease by the end of next year.
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