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How credible is the tax haven destroyer?

Can you remember a head of government or even a treasury head ever resigning because their country was seen as a tax haven? Not straight off the top of your head you can’t. So, it is pretty unlikely that Jean-Claude Juncker will now face any form of (belated) punishment in light of the discovery that tax avoidance schemes in Luxembourg flourished during his tenure as head of government. That is why Juncker, who is now the new President of the EU Commission, will probably survive the vote of no confidence being sought against him. more...


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Why the principle of achievement is at risk

In Western societies, the principle of achievement has long been the elixir of life. Thanks to it, an individual could be certain of the respect and even affection of those around him, his family and friends. One could even go so far as to say: Human beings defined themselves and their feeling of self-value through their achievements – their self-confidence depended on them. However, nothing stays the same. more...


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Brains, get connected!

The political world is in a state of uproar. In no other sphere does the fear of becoming irrelevant in the face of the digital revolution seem as great. However, it is also questionable whether political parties can prevent us from becoming digital serfs to the powerful IT giants. Perhaps it is simply too tempting for humankind to find out for themselves what other unimagined opportunities networked brain-to-brain communication can offer over and above the standard Facebook account. more...


Guest editorial by Fabian Hold and Philipp Sandner

Patent registration – a decision that cuts both ways

Directors of small and medium-sized companies often struggle with the decision of whether to register an innovation for a patent and the potential fallout from such a decision. Depending on which route they decide to take, a patent registration can be a real boon or it can result in valuable corporate know-how becoming public knowledge. more...


Company of the Month

cd Vet Naturprodukte GmbH

Healthy alternatives for animals

The overdose of antibiotics in food animal production is considered a problem with serious repercussions. The risk of developing resistance rises each time bacteria are exposed to antimicrobials. Resistance opens the door to treatment failure and leads to an increasing number of infections. cd Vet Naturprodukte GmbH situated in Fürstenau, Germany, decided to bank on a completely different approach. The company develops and produces natural pet products based on natural ingredients that help to prevent diseases.

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