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Germany’s rescue fund seeks a reboot

The lifeline that Berlin promised Germany’s businesses earlier this year was so large it made other corporate rescues in Europe look tame. In its determination to protect companies and jobs Berlin is stirring new debate, at home and abroad, about its growing role as an industrial decision maker and even shareholder. Can the country use its financial muscle to relaunch its own sputtering economic model?

Boxhagener Platz, Berlin, April 25, 2020.
Christian Mang/REUTERS

Akkumulatorenfabrik Moll is a vital employer in the pretty little Bavarian town of Bad Staffelstein, about an hour’s drive north of Nuremburg. 

Peter Moll founded the car battery maker just after the Second World War.

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