Business Feb 17, 2020

Bayer, now with BASF, faces more Monsanto pain after trial loss

The first U.S. trial over the dicamba herbicide has landed Bayer AG and its German rival, BASF SE, with another potentially multi-billion-dollar problem. Jurors in federal court in Cape Girardeau awarded $265 million Saturday to a Missouri farmer who blamed the companies' herbicide for destroying ...

'The West is winning': Misgivings in Europe as U.S. takes on China

World / Politics Feb 16, 2020

'The West is winning': Misgivings in Europe as U.S. takes on China

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended on Saturday his nation's global role despite misgivings in Europe, vowing that Western values would prevail over Russian and Chinese desires for "empire." Seeking to reassure Europeans troubled by U.S. President Donald Trump's "America first" rhetoric, his ambivalence ...

Destructive far-right out to shatter German politics

World / Politics Feb 13, 2020

Destructive far-right out to shatter German politics

The city of Erfurt, a quiet, chocolate-box town of around 200,000 inhabitants, is an unlikely epicenter for an earthquake that is shaking German politics to its post-war foundations. Yet last week, the city was the scene of a political scandal that toppled Chancellor Angela Merkel's ...

Battle to succeed Angela Merkel kicks off in Germany's CDU

World / Politics Feb 13, 2020

Battle to succeed Angela Merkel kicks off in Germany's CDU

The search to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor has started to get rolling as the first two contenders register their interest amid growing pressure to accelerate the process to choose a candidate for the next election. Friedrich Merz will run to be leader of Merkel's ...