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German Authorities Organise Annual “Blue Angel Campaign Day” to Help Consumers Make “Greener” Purchasing Decisions

15 Dec 2017

On 25 October 2017, the German Federal Environment Ministry, the German Federal Environment Agency and two independent label-awarding agencies jointly organised an annual “Blue Angel campaign day”. So...Read More

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German NGO Denounces Inadequate WEEE Collection Systems and Insufficient Market Surveillance Concerning Energy Labelling

17 Nov 2017

Environmental Action Germany (Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. – DUH), a non-governmental environmental and consumer protection organisation, has investigated recovery systems for waste electrical and electr...Read More

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Smart Home Assistants Take Widespread Utility Control at IFA 2017

8 Nov 2017

Technology suddenly got smarter and better connected than ever before at this year's IFA show, the Berlin-based event that is one of the world's most significant shop windows on the consumer-electroni...Read More

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Digital and Textile Hybrids Debut at Wide Format European Print Show

14 Sept 2017

New materials, fresh innovation and even novel ways to rapidly wrap an F1 race car were all on offer at this year's FESPA event, but it was the hybrid systems that united the best of competing technol...Read More

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German Body Imposes €10.9 Million Fine for Vertical Price-fixing in the Clothing Industry

8 Sept 2017

On 25 July 2017, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) fined Wellensteyn, a producer best known for its outdoor jackets, and Peek&Cloppenburg, a retailer based in Düsseldorf, for a competition infrin...Read More

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The EU: Surviving Populism, Tackling Income Inequality

17 Aug 2017

While populist calls for protectionist policies, largely inspired by perceived income inequality and a misunderstanding of the potential benefits of globalisation, have become an issue across the worl...Read More

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Europe’s Elections: Indications of a Positive Trade Outcome

15 Aug 2017

Euroscepticism has been concerning the EU even before the UK voted to leave the bloc in June 2016. However, the failure of anti-EU nationalist movements to win power in the Netherlands and France, and...Read More

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Penalty Introduced for Non-compliance of German Retailers Regarding WEEE Take-back Obligation

14 July 2017

As of 1 June 2017, a violation of the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) take-back obligation by retailers has become an offence in Germany. Germany’s Federal Environment Agency can impo...Read More

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Robo-beer and the Internet of Terriers See CeBIT Keep its Quirkiness

7 June 2017

From digitally connected to dogs to high-tech home brewing, CeBIT remained reliably roguish, while still providing houseroom for more high-minded pursuits, such as inspection drones, electronic parkin...Read More

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Footwear Saga: German Shoe Retailer Claims Illegal Recalculation of Duties

2 June 2017

In continuance of the longwinded footwear saga, on 11 May 2017 German retailer Deichmann argued before the EU’s highest court that EU investigators illegally recalculated anti-dumping duties on Chines...Read More

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IFA Preview Highlights Focus on Innovation and Component Suppliers

11 May 2017

Billed as the world's leading trade show in the consumer-electronics and home-appliances sector, this year's IFA event promises to turn the spotlight on industry innovators as well as electrical-compo...Read More

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German Court Confirms Illegality of Shoemaker’s Prohibition on Dealers’ Use of Price Comparison Engines

5 May 2017

According to a press statement of the German Federal Competition Office (FCO), on 5 April 2017 the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf upheld the previous finding of the FCO that, by prohibiting deale...Read More

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Germany Modifies EN 60335-2-14 Standard on Table Blenders

13 April 2017

On January 25 2017, the German National Technology Safety Center (ZLS) published Decision EK1 646-16, modifying parts of clause 20.2 in the EN 60335-2-14 standard on January 25, 2017, and is classifie...Read More

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Germany: Market Profile

11 April 2017

Low energy prices, a benign labour market and favourable financing conditions have helped sustain domestic consumption and therefore the German economy. Domestic demand should remain resilient in a lo...Read More

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Fun and Games for Brexiting UK Buyers at the Nuremberg Toy Fair

9 March 2017

Visitor and exhibitor numbers were both up at this year's Nuremberg Toy Fair, one of the premier events for the global toy and games industry, although uncertainty over prices and the impact of Brexit...Read More

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German Organisations Develop New Methods to Enable Detection of Chemical Substances in the Human Organism

13 Jan 2017

Hong Kong and Chinese mainland producers and sellers of everyday consumer goods containing chemicals may like to know that, since 2010, a cooperation between the German Federal Environment Agency (the...Read More

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China-Europe Express Trains: On Track to Access Belt and Road Businesses

1 Nov 2016

The China-Europe Railway Express services have expanded rapidly recently, and are of increasing interest to companies wanting to transport Chinese products to Europe while tapping markets along the Be...Read More

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In-App Purchases See Germany's Smartphone Games Sector Soar

18 Oct 2016

While sales of paid-for games have declined, free game 'virtual merchandise' micro-payments have rocketed....Read More

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Smart Homes Soar while Chinese Brands Struggle to Woo Europeans

7 Oct 2016

This year's Berlin-based, IFA, one of the world's largest consumer electronics trade events, saw connectivity almost something of a given, while a number of mainland businesses ramped up their efforts...Read More

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Toy Brand LEGO Investigated by German Competition Authority for Anti-competitive Rebate System

2 Sept 2016

By means of a press release of 18 July 2016, the German Competition Authority announced that it has terminated proceedings against toy manufacturer LEGO. The German Competition Authority had been inve...Read More

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