What a Radical Greek Economist Hopes to Gain in the EU Election

Nothing has ever been subtle with Yanis Varoufakis, the leather-jacketed, motorbike-riding economist who was finance minister of Greece for six of the most tumultuous months in that country’s history. Plain-spoken (to say the least) and a self-professed radical, he is, at 58, not nearly done waging war on Europe’s major power players. This week, he […]

These Eastern European Countries Are Home to Some of the Most Dynamic Winemakers Right Now

Thirty years ago, when the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet bloc of Eastern Europe began to dismantle itself, few people were probably thinking it would change what wine they enjoyed the next time they went out to eat. But today, one can stroll into the restaurant Freek’s Mill in Brooklyn, N.Y., and open a […]

German Whiskey Distillers Are Starting to Hit Their Stride

Whiskey has become big business–now even with its own investment fund. One of the places the fund may be looking at is up-and-comer Germany. The German brewing industry’s spirits are up, according to the Associated Press. Whiskeys from the region aren’t well known in other countries–production was worth $13.1 million in 2017, compared to Scotland, […]

U.S. Companies Are Going After EU Bond Market Investors

Corporate bonds in the U.S. have seen slow times. Companies have been issuing less debt, with investment-grade bond issuance off by 18% year over year, according to Barron’s. High-yield bond offerings are down 25%. Blame a number of factors: rising interest rates that have driven down prices as investors look for better deals, and also […]

U.S. Preparing to Take a Tougher Stance on German-Russian Gas Pipeline

The Trump administration is readying a tough stance against a Russian gas pipeline with sanctions, according to the Wall Street Journal. The move is driving tensions between the U.S., Germany, and other parts of the EU. The reason is a combination of geopolitics and competition in selling natural gas. At the center of the current […]

A Top Garden Gnome Maker Needs a Successor—But No One Is Calling

A German company that has been producing garden gnomes for 145 years is at risk of shuttering its doors if its owner can’t find a successor. In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Reinhard Griebel, owner of Philipp Griebel, said that time is running out on his business. He joked with that if he can’t […]