Bankers and investors are questioning whether it's worthwhile to invest in fossil fuels, especially in light of new climate agreements that could leave the materials in the ground forever.
The Russian ruble rose once more against the US dollar on Monday, making up some of last week's huge losses. Russia has ruled out currency controls while China has offered help.
In a move set to intensify competition with rival Boeing in the lucrative market for long-haul planes, Airbus on Monday delivered its first next-generation A350 jetliner to Qatar Airways.
In the last few years, Turkey has been celebrating its booming economy. But recent numbers paint a more sober picture. Experts say the government has failed to implement reforms. Thomas Seifert reports from Istanbul.
German consumers are in a spending mood this holiday season. And that sentiment will become more pronounced in the new year, market research group GfK has said, as fears over the state of the economy are fading.
Demonstrators gathered in Brussels to rally againist painful austerity measures and the upcoming TTIP trade deal. Protestors managed to shut down one of the European capital's busiest districts.
The Order of Friars Minor (OFM), the Catholic Church's most prominent brotherhood of Franciscan friars, has said dubious dealings have led the OFM into serious financial trouble. An investigation is underway.
Armed now with overwhelming majorities in both houses of Japan's parliament, PM Shinzo Abe feels he has the mandate to push his economic reforms harder, rewrite the constitution, and restart idle nuclear reactors.
Notwithstanding a stream of negative news in recent times such as a shrinking output and falling business confidence, Japan's central bank has struck a more positive tone about the country's economic outlook.
German consumers may be spending more this month, but they are less likely to order from Amazon. That's because about a fifth of Germans disagree with the company's labor policies, according to a new survey.
Investors have rediscovered the Chinese stock market - and this time, the surge in Shanghai stocks might last, says DW columnist Frank Sieren.
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It was a year of records for the big auction houses of the world, with millions flushed into their coffers. Art clearly remains a sound investment in uncertain economic times.
At the Lima climate conference, China promised to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. But it has a long road ahead to free itself from its dependence on coal. Future climate stability depends on how fast it succeeds.
Germany's energy transition has been shaking up the electricity market. Energy supplier E.ON is splitting off its conventional energy section to focus on renewables. The age of the utilities titans seems to be over. The new trend could be decentralization. Green electricity supplier Lichtblick is demonstrating how that could work.
The German green power provider Licktblick is trialing its latest vision in Hamburg, a house with its own energy management system, which can generate its own energy and even react to changing requirements. With this new technology, customers could become energy producers, resulting in numerous small providers instead of a few large companies. Could this be a model for the future?
Germany's largest power supplier E.ON is quitting conventional energy to focus entirely on renewables. The overhaul comes amid mounting debt and as Germany gears up to phase out nuclear energy by 2022.
A senior official with the European Central Bank has said that he expects the inflation rate in the eurozone to turn negative next year. However, he also said he didn't expect this to develop into a long-term problem.
Greek lawmakers will face a second round of voting after the only candidate Stavros Dimas failed to gain enough votes in the presidential ballot. The stalemate could spell ruin for the nation's economic recovery.
Germany has echoed the European Central Bank's line on adopting further stimulus measures to boost the eurozone. Traditionally 'hawkish' in its monetary policy, the Bundesbank has just released a surprising report.
An increase in geopolitical tensions has not stopped German exports from rising steadily, fresh figures for October have shown. Monthly shipments abroad even logged a new record.
German premium carmaker BMW has announced an earlier-than-planned executive reshuffle at the helm of the company. CEO Norbert Reithofer will be replaced as early as May of next year.
Japanese air bag maker Takata has rejected a demand by US authorities to expand a recall of faulty air bags to the whole of the United States. The company claims the problem is limited to high-humidity areas.
Volkswagen has announced a new multi-billion investment plan for the next five years. Newer, more fuel-efficient models are on the way, plus massive expansion in China.
Japanese carmaker Toyota is expecting a higher-than-anticipated profit in its current fiscal year as a sharp decline in the yen increases the value of repatriated earnings and makes up for lower vehicle sales.
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