The Wall Street Journal & Breaking News, Business, Financial and Economic News, World News and Video
Search

Obama Locks in Votes to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal

President Barack Obama locked in enough support in Congress to ensure he can overcome bipartisan opposition and implement a landmark nuclear accord with Iran. 1043

Global Stocks Try to Regain Footing

U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday after falling sharply in the previous session on deepening worries about China.

Investors Betting on More ECB Stimulus

Six months after the European Central Bank launched its blockbuster bond-buying program to rouse the region’s economy, some investors are betting that authorities will crank stimulus efforts even higher.

Brooks to Lead News Corp’s U.K. Arm

News Corp said Rebekah Brooks will become CEO of its News UK arm, returning to the post she resigned in 2011 amid the phone-hacking scandal at now-defunct tabloid the News of the World.

Thousands of refugees and migrants surrounded Budapest’s main international railway station on Wednesday, where authorities are refusing to let them board trains to EU countries. Mark Kelly reports. Image: AFP

Thousands of refugees and migrants surrounded Budapest’s main international railway station on Wednesday, where authorities are refusing to let them board trains to EU countries. Mark Kelly reports. Image: AFP

Hungary Becomes a Flashpoint as Europe’s Migrant Crisis Escalates

Hungarian authorities struggled to keep control of the tide of migrants hoping to head to Germany, as a standoff ground on at Budapest’s central train station and the overwhelmed city said it would open a new site to receive the hundreds who have converged there. 99

Masked Gunmen Kidnap 18 Turkish Workers in Baghdad

Identities of gunmen in early-morning raid on sports stadium weren’t immediately known, as Turks in Iraq seized for a second time in the past year.

U.S. Tech Firms Make Pilgrimage to Brussels

The giants of Silicon Valley are bulking up in the European Union’s de facto capital, hiring lobbyists and jostling for the favor of the Web’s most ambitious regulators.

Huawei Rings in Changes to Challenge Samsung

For years, Samsung Electronics has been the world’s smartphone leader, but its global dominance appears to be increasingly under attack from fast-growing Chinese rival Huawei Technologies.

Volkswagen Extends CEO Martin Winterkorn’s Contract

German car maker Volkswagen said it would extend the contract of Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn through 2018, ending speculation that he could step down as CEO and become chairman.

Tesco Closer to $7 Billion South Korea Deal

U.K. retailer Tesco has chosen Asian private-equity firm MBK Partners as the preferred bidder to buy its South Korea retail operations in a deal that could be worth up to $7 billion.

Elves, Ninjas, Currency Power Lego Earnings

Lego said its 31% jump in first-half profit and 23% rise in revenue was fueled by strong sales of its Ninjago and Elves sets, but also by the weakness of the Danish krone and the euro.

EU Approves Shell’s Takeover of BG Group

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell cleared a significant hurdle in its planned takeover of natural gas firm BG Group after Europe’s top antitrust regulator approved the deal unconditionally.

Malaysian Fund 1MDB Has Tens of Millions of Dollars Frozen

Swiss authorities said they had frozen funds worth tens of millions of dollars linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad as part of an investigation into alleged corruption.

The Moment When Humans Matter

A string of messy market openings in recent weeks has reinvigorated a debate about ‘Rule 48’ and the relative effectiveness of humans in the stock trade.

Heard on the Street

Small U.K. Banks Show Big Rivals How To Travel Light

Picture a life without the baggage of the past. In the U.K., smaller banks are showing established rivals how that could be.

China Imposes New Controls to Keep Money From Leaving Country

China is imposing fresh controls to prevent too much money from leaving the country, in an effort to keep funds at home.

Two Red Cross Workers Shot and Killed in Yemen

A gunman opened fire on cars marked with aid group’s insignia as they drove from northern Saada province to the capital, San’a.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Explained

Iran has reached a historic agreement with major world powers over its nuclear program. Here are the main points of the pact, and what supporters and critics are saying.

Police: Main Bangkok Bombing Suspect Is Uighur

A senior Thai police investigator said for the first time that the main suspect in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine last month is believed to be a member of China’s Uighur ethnic minority.

Greek Polls Suggest Tough Election Test for Tsipras

Opinion polls show declining support for Greece’s Syriza party and its leader, Alexis Tsipras. But Syriza retains a lead over its opponents and the Sept. 20 election could be tight.

EU Set to Extend Sanctions on Russians, Ukraine Rebels

The EU is set to roll over sanctions targeted against almost 200 Russian and Ukrainian-separatist individuals and firms to keep pressure on Moscow to fully implement the Minsk cease-fire terms by year end.

Bush Takes Gloves Off, Attacks Trump Directly

After weeks of enduring rival Donald Trump’s attacks, Jeb Bush released an Internet video aimed at trying to muscle his way back to the front of the pack and undermine the celebrity businessman’s fitness to be the GOP standard-bearer. 429

Emails Point to Large Role for Clinton Adviser Blumenthal

Longtime aide Sidney Blumenthal maintained an outsize role with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite being blocked from taking a job at the department. 172

Biden to Speak at Florida Events Amid 2016 Speculation

The vice president is expected to decide this month whether he will make a third bid for the White House.

Search Continues for Three Suspects After Illinois Policeman Killed

As a small northern Illinois community mourned a popular veteran police officer who was fatally shot while on duty, authorities scoured the area overnight in search of three men wanted in his slaying.

U.S. Report Sees Economic Benefit in Allowing Oil Exports

Lifting the nation’s four-decade ban on oil exports wouldn’t raise gas prices and could help lower them, a government study concludes. 53

Video

Hungarian Police Struggle to Control Migrants

2:02

The Iran Nuclear Deal Explained

3:34

Kentucky Clerk Defies Supreme Court on Gay Marriage

1:41

Personal Tech | DxO One Review

Finally, an iPhone Camera Good Enough for a Pro

The DxO One is a tiny attachment offering a big upgrade to your iPhone camera. Geoffrey A. Fowler reviews.

WSJ. Magazine

Robert Redford: From Sundance Kid to Hollywood Legend

The legendary actor is as busy as ever, with starring roles in the film adaptation of Bill Bryson’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’ and in the forthcoming drama, ‘Truth.’

WSJ Blogs

Real-time commentary and analysis from The Wall Street Journal
Die Seite Drei
Schnelle Analysen und Beobachtungen zum Zeitgeschehen

US-Boss motzt über faule Franzosen

Das Verhältnis von Franzosen und Amerikanern ist ein widersprüchliches. Einerseits verbindet beide Nationen eine lange Geschichte der Freundschaft. Zugegeben, das liegt zum großen Teil daran, mit England im 18. Jahrhundert einen gemeinsamen Feind bekämpft zu haben. Aber immerhin ist die Freiheitsstatue ein Geschenk aus Paris und andersherum schwärmte General de Gaulle von Jackie Kennedy. So kann es gehen.

Associated Press
Maurice Taylor hat es sich mit den Franzosen verscherzt.

In Wirtschaftsfragen ist in den Beziehungen beider Staaten aber dafür richtig der Wurm drin. Nicht nur das Napoleon 1803 Louisiana für schlappe 15 Millionen Dollar verscherbelte und sich reiche Amerikaner in den 1920er Jahren zu Spottpreisen in Paris einkauften – nein, die ganze Grundlage stimmt einfach nicht. Dass Unternehmen auf dem freien Markt mit ihren Angestellten vereinbaren dürfen, was sie wollen, ist eine zutiefst unfranzösische Vorstellung. Der Staat muss den einzelnen Arbeiter schützen – auch vor zu viel Arbeit.

Der Chef des amerikanischen Reifenherstellers Titan, Maurice M. Taylor, geht dieser Schutz zu weit. Er sprach von den französischen Ouvriers despektierlich nur von „sogenannten Arbeitern“. „Die französischen Beschäftigten bekommen hohe Gehälter, aber sie arbeiten lediglich drei Stunden. Sie haben eine Stunde für ihre Pausen und das Mittagessen, unterhalten sich drei Stunden und arbeiten drei Stunden“, schrieb Taylor in einem Brief an den französischen Industrieminister aus dem die Zeitung Les Echos zitiert.

Der Minister hatte Taylor zuvor gebeten, ein vor der Schließung stehendes Reifenwerk des Herstellers Goodyear in Amiens-Nord zu übernehmen. „Denken Sie, wir sind so dumm?“, lautete die Antwort von Reifen-Taylor aus Amerika. Er habe den Gewerkschaftern ins Gesicht gesagt, was er von der Arbeitsmoral in Frankreich halte. „Sie haben mir geantwortet, das sei so in Frankreich”, empört sich der Manager.

Anders als in den USA hält man in Frankreich nichts vom protestantischen Puritanerfleiß, um durch harte Arbeit später in den Himmel zu kommen. Schließlich war man über Jahrhunderte Schutzmacht der Heiligen Mutter Kirche. Die vergibt praktisch alle kleinen Sünden, auch die lange Mittagspause. Außerdem hat das französische Volk 1789 die größte und schönste aller Revolutionen vollbracht. Seinerzeit hat sich die Überzeugung durchgesetzt, dass sich der Volkswille nichts und niemandem unterordnen muss – und schon gar nicht irgendwelchen Märkten und amerikanischen Bossen.

Kommentar abgeben

Wir begrüßen gut durchdachte Kommentare von Lesern. Bitte beachten Sie unsere Richtlinien.

Kommentare (1 aus 1)

Alle Kommentare »
    • Wenn´s denn mal drei Stunden am Tag wären, wäre die Wirtschft in Frankreich ja wenigstens in Teilen erfolgreich.
      Typischer US-Optimismus.

Die Seite Drei – Über uns

  • Schnell und kurz bringt „Die Seite Drei“ Einschätzungen, Hintergründe und Ergänzungen zu den Berichten des Wall Street Journal Deutschland. Hier bloggt die ganze Redaktion.

    Hinweise zu Themen, Anregungen und Ihre Fragen nehmen wir unter redaktion@wallstreetjournal.de entgegen.

The Wall Street Journal & Breaking News, Business, Financial and Economic News, World News and Video
Search

Obama Locks in Votes to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal

President Barack Obama locked in enough support in Congress to ensure he can overcome bipartisan opposition and implement a landmark nuclear accord with Iran. 1043

Global Stocks Try to Regain Footing

U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday after falling sharply in the previous session on deepening worries about China.

Investors Betting on More ECB Stimulus

Six months after the European Central Bank launched its blockbuster bond-buying program to rouse the region’s economy, some investors are betting that authorities will crank stimulus efforts even higher.

Brooks to Lead News Corp’s U.K. Arm

News Corp said Rebekah Brooks will become CEO of its News UK arm, returning to the post she resigned in 2011 amid the phone-hacking scandal at now-defunct tabloid the News of the World.

Thousands of refugees and migrants surrounded Budapest’s main international railway station on Wednesday, where authorities are refusing to let them board trains to EU countries. Mark Kelly reports. Image: AFP

Thousands of refugees and migrants surrounded Budapest’s main international railway station on Wednesday, where authorities are refusing to let them board trains to EU countries. Mark Kelly reports. Image: AFP

Hungary Becomes a Flashpoint as Europe’s Migrant Crisis Escalates

Hungarian authorities struggled to keep control of the tide of migrants hoping to head to Germany, as a standoff ground on at Budapest’s central train station and the overwhelmed city said it would open a new site to receive the hundreds who have converged there. 99

Masked Gunmen Kidnap 18 Turkish Workers in Baghdad

Identities of gunmen in early-morning raid on sports stadium weren’t immediately known, as Turks in Iraq seized for a second time in the past year.

U.S. Tech Firms Make Pilgrimage to Brussels

The giants of Silicon Valley are bulking up in the European Union’s de facto capital, hiring lobbyists and jostling for the favor of the Web’s most ambitious regulators.

Huawei Rings in Changes to Challenge Samsung

For years, Samsung Electronics has been the world’s smartphone leader, but its global dominance appears to be increasingly under attack from fast-growing Chinese rival Huawei Technologies.

Volkswagen Extends CEO Martin Winterkorn’s Contract

German car maker Volkswagen said it would extend the contract of Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn through 2018, ending speculation that he could step down as CEO and become chairman.

Tesco Closer to $7 Billion South Korea Deal

U.K. retailer Tesco has chosen Asian private-equity firm MBK Partners as the preferred bidder to buy its South Korea retail operations in a deal that could be worth up to $7 billion.

Elves, Ninjas, Currency Power Lego Earnings

Lego said its 31% jump in first-half profit and 23% rise in revenue was fueled by strong sales of its Ninjago and Elves sets, but also by the weakness of the Danish krone and the euro.

EU Approves Shell’s Takeover of BG Group

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell cleared a significant hurdle in its planned takeover of natural gas firm BG Group after Europe’s top antitrust regulator approved the deal unconditionally.

Malaysian Fund 1MDB Has Tens of Millions of Dollars Frozen

Swiss authorities said they had frozen funds worth tens of millions of dollars linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad as part of an investigation into alleged corruption.

The Moment When Humans Matter

A string of messy market openings in recent weeks has reinvigorated a debate about ‘Rule 48’ and the relative effectiveness of humans in the stock trade.

Heard on the Street

Small U.K. Banks Show Big Rivals How To Travel Light

Picture a life without the baggage of the past. In the U.K., smaller banks are showing established rivals how that could be.

China Imposes New Controls to Keep Money From Leaving Country

China is imposing fresh controls to prevent too much money from leaving the country, in an effort to keep funds at home.

Two Red Cross Workers Shot and Killed in Yemen

A gunman opened fire on cars marked with aid group’s insignia as they drove from northern Saada province to the capital, San’a.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Explained

Iran has reached a historic agreement with major world powers over its nuclear program. Here are the main points of the pact, and what supporters and critics are saying.

Police: Main Bangkok Bombing Suspect Is Uighur

A senior Thai police investigator said for the first time that the main suspect in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine last month is believed to be a member of China’s Uighur ethnic minority.

Greek Polls Suggest Tough Election Test for Tsipras

Opinion polls show declining support for Greece’s Syriza party and its leader, Alexis Tsipras. But Syriza retains a lead over its opponents and the Sept. 20 election could be tight.

EU Set to Extend Sanctions on Russians, Ukraine Rebels

The EU is set to roll over sanctions targeted against almost 200 Russian and Ukrainian-separatist individuals and firms to keep pressure on Moscow to fully implement the Minsk cease-fire terms by year end.

Bush Takes Gloves Off, Attacks Trump Directly

After weeks of enduring rival Donald Trump’s attacks, Jeb Bush released an Internet video aimed at trying to muscle his way back to the front of the pack and undermine the celebrity businessman’s fitness to be the GOP standard-bearer. 429

Emails Point to Large Role for Clinton Adviser Blumenthal

Longtime aide Sidney Blumenthal maintained an outsize role with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite being blocked from taking a job at the department. 172

Biden to Speak at Florida Events Amid 2016 Speculation

The vice president is expected to decide this month whether he will make a third bid for the White House.

Search Continues for Three Suspects After Illinois Policeman Killed

As a small northern Illinois community mourned a popular veteran police officer who was fatally shot while on duty, authorities scoured the area overnight in search of three men wanted in his slaying.

U.S. Report Sees Economic Benefit in Allowing Oil Exports

Lifting the nation’s four-decade ban on oil exports wouldn’t raise gas prices and could help lower them, a government study concludes. 53

Video

Hungarian Police Struggle to Control Migrants

2:02

The Iran Nuclear Deal Explained

3:34

Kentucky Clerk Defies Supreme Court on Gay Marriage

1:41