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ECB Willing to Expand Stimulus Amid Growth Worry

ECB President Mario Draghi indicated that the bank stands ready to expand its stimulus programs and projected slower-than-expected economic growth in the eurozone, as well as lower inflation rates.

Stocks Pare Gains Ahead of U.S. Jobs Data

U.S. stocks’ gains receded despite a strong rally in Europe, as investors focused on coming U.S. employment data.

Image of Syrian Boy Echoes Around World

Photos of a Syrian boy whose body washed ashore on a Turkish beach horrified people around the world as Europe’s migrant crisis escalates.

The 3-year-old was a Syrian Kurd whose family’s efforts to emigrate to Canada had been rebuffed, according to media and Kurdish activists. 376

Hungary’s Leader Says Migrant Crisis Is Germany’s Problem

Hundreds of migrants rushed trains at Hungary’s main station as Prime Minister Viktor Orban blamed Germany for Europe’s migration crisis and warned that border-free travel within the bloc is at risk. 152

Syrians Take Arctic Route to Europe

More than 150 refugees have entered Norway from Arctic Russia this year—a fraction of the estimated half-million people who have sought asylum in Europe, but the flow is quickening as Syrians share the tip for a cheaper and safer route.

Former Saab Board Members Hit With Forgery Charges

Former CEO Jan-Ake Jonsson and head lawyer Kristina Geers deny falsifying data to justify huge payments before car maker went bankrupt.

Vivendi Chairman Ousts Longtime Chief of Canal Plus

French billionaire and Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bolloré has ousted the longtime chief of Canal Plus, further tightening his grip over the Vivendi-owned pay-TV group amid falling subscriber numbers.

Novartis to Begin Selling Copy of Amgen’s Neupogen in U.S.

Novartis said it will begin selling the first biosimilar drug in the U.S. at a 15% discount to the original after an appeals court denied Amgen’s request to block the Swiss drug maker’s sale of its copycat version of blockbuster remedy Neupogen.

Syngenta Moves to Calm Disappointed Shareholders

Syngenta moved to appease shareholders angered by its rejection of a takeover from Monsanto, saying it will divest its global vegetables seeds business and return more than $2 billion to shareholders.

Capital Account

For Russia, Oil Collapse Has Soviet Echoes

For most countries, the economic slowdown in China and the accompanying slump in commodity prices represent something between nuisance and pothole. For Russia, they are a catastrophe, writes Greg Ip. 94

Devaluation Strengthens China’s Hand at IMF

Beijing’s careful management of its currency since its devaluation last month is bolstering China’s bid to get the yuan included in the IMF’s basket of reserve currencies as soon as November.

Russia Says Economy Recovery Slow in Coming

The Russian government has acknowledged that the country’s economy is going to take longer to recover than it previously expected, weighed down by the slump in the value of the ruble.

Sweden Leaves Interest Rate Unchanged

Sweden’s central bank has left its main interest rate and bond-buying program unchanged, saying its existing policies were supporting the economy and would lead to inflation moving closer to its 2% target.

Middle East Crossroads

Yemen’s Unity Frays in Leaderless Aden

The battles of recent months have reopened historic divisions between Yemen’s north and south, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.

Iran’s Khamenei Urges Lawmakers to Vote on Nuclear Deal

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged the country’s parliament to vote on whether to implement a proposed nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other world powers.

NATO Opens Military Post in Lithuania

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization inaugurated a new command post in Lithuania, one of six across the alliance’s eastern border meant to shore up the region’s defenses against Russia.

French Government Pledges More Help for Farmers

France’s government has pledged to increase aid for agriculture, after thousands of farmers converged on Paris and blocked the city’s streets with more than 1,500 tractors to protest against high costs and low prices.

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Adventure & Travel

Not Far From Prague, a Czech Village Worth Rhapsodizing About

The frozen-in-time town of Český Krumlov has scenery and history—and beer—that keeps travelers coming back.

Markets

Krom River Closes Commodity Hedge Fund

Commodity hedge fund Krom River, which managed around $1 billion at its peak, is returning money to investors as it plans a shift in focus following a tough period for commodities funds.

Foreign Firms Feel China’s Chill

Market turmoil and Beijing’s crackdown on brokers and investors is complicating the plans of foreign funds and investment banks that had bet on bigger business in China.

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Father of Drowned Syrian Boy Describes His Sorrow

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Armed Police Remove Migrants From Train in Hungary

0:53

Migrant Crisis: The Schengen Agreement Explained

1:55

20 Odd Questions

Manolo Blahnik on Old Films and Kate Moss

The shoe designer on what he’d blow his money on, the drama behind Kate Moss’s wedding shoes and exactly how he feels about fake Manolos.

A Modigliani Painting for $100 Million?

Christie’s International said it expects to ask roughly $100 million for a Modigliani nude that will be auctioned this fall, a bold reflection of how prices for blue-chip paintings have skyrocketed in recent seasons.

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Wo die CeBIT-Nerds daddeln

In Halle 23 ist die IT-Messe CeBIT endlich so, wie man sich ein Treffen der Computer-, Telekommunikations- und Softwarebranche gemeinhin so vorstellt: nerdig. Überwiegend sehr junge, meist männliche Menschen, gerne im schwarzen Kapuzenpulli, starren stur in ihre Rechner und klicken, was das Zeug hält. Wer jetzt aber denkt, er wird gerade Zeuge, wie der von Kanzlerin Angela Merkel viel gelobte aufstrebende Nachwuchs etwas Bahnbrechendes programmiert oder mit einem Start-up durchstartet, irrt. Hier wird gedaddelt, was das Zeug hält – einzeln, am Messe-PC der Aussteller, oder – die weltbesten Spieler – auf großer Bühne.

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Vorrunde bei der Kür des weltbesten Spielers von “StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm”

Aufgeregt kommentieren zwei Live-Moderatoren im Wechsel, was die Profi-Spieler gerade so treiben. Auf drei Großleinwänden gleichzeitig wird das Spielgeschehen übertragen. „Will he spot the spy“, „wird er den Spion erspähen“, schreit einer der Moderatoren mit sich überschlagender Stimme in das Mikrofon, während die drei gegeneinander antretenden Spieler ihre Charaktere in rasender Geschwindigkeit übers Spielfeld jagen.

Die wild moderierenden Stimmen lassen jede Fußball-Live-Übertragung lahm erscheinen und vermischen sich mit der Beschallung, die von den Einzelständen herüber dröhnt – eine Geräuschkulisse mit Kopfschmerzgarantie. Vielleicht haben die Messe-Verantwortlichen deshalb in Halle 23 eine Apotheke eingerichtet.

Die im wahrsten Sinn des Wortes ohrenbetäubende Kakophonie scheint die Fans, die die Austragung der „Intel Extreme Masters World Championship“, also der WM der Daddler besuchen, nicht im Geringsten zu stören. Gebannt verfolgen sie das Geschehen – brav aufgereiht in akkurat angeordneten Sitzreihen. Gut 450 Menschen finden darauf Platz – je Hallenseite. Auf der einen Hallenhälfte messen sich die Weltbesten im Spiel „League of Legends“, gegenüber zocken die internationalen Profispieler „StarCraft II: Heart oft the Swarm“. 150.000 beziehungsweise 100.000 US-Dollar nimmt der Beste mit nach Hause. Beim „World of Tanks Pro League Launch Tournament“ sind es 300.000 Euro in Cash. In der Mitte der Bühne, auf einem kleinen Podest, leuchtet verheißungsvoll der goldfarbene Pokal.

In den hinteren Reihen bestaunen ein paar versprengte Anzugsträger das Geschehen. Doch auch so manch anderer, der sich wohl eher zufällig in die Halle am Rande des Messegeländes verirrt hat, weiß offenkundig nicht so ganz, was er beziehungsweise sie davon halten soll. „Da sitzen die hier und spielen – und die anderen gucken zu“, fragte eine junge Frau ungläubig ihre Begleiterin. „Ja, krass, oder“, gibt diese zurück. Befremdlich wirkt das Ganze in der Tat – zumindest für alle, die sich nicht für Echtzeit-Strategiespiele, in denen in erster Linie geballert wird, begeistern können.

Und auch das, was sonst in Halle 23 geboten wird, unterscheidet sich völlig vom sonstigen CeBIT-Angebot. Sonst prägen Menschen in dunklem Zwirn das Bild, das Futuristischste sind da schon die vielen Leuchtkugeln, die über dem Messestand des Telekommunikationskonzerns Vodafone baumeln. In Halle 23 hingegen muss eine Messehostess schon auf anderem Wege das Interesse der Besucher auf sich und den Stand des taiwanesischen High-Tech-Anbieters BenQ ziehen. In einen knallengen und ultrakurzen Catsuit gewandet, ist sie von Kopf bis Fuß – sofern das bisschen Stoff eben die Haut bedeckt – lilafarben ausstaffiert. Perücke inklusive.

Schenker Notebooks aus Leipzig, laut Eigenbeschreibung „der Experte für High End Gaming Notebooks in Deutschland“, sorgt unter der Marke XMG für Getöse. Junge, extrem motivierte Menschen feuern die Menge vor dem Messestand unter dröhnenden Elektrobeats zu „XMG, XMG“-Sprechchören an. Die Botschaft, die sie an die sich vor der Bühne um ins Publikum geworfene Werbegeschenke balgende  Menge haben, ist aber auch keine andere als die der „normalen“ Aussteller in Anzug und Krawatte: „Get our stuff“ – kauft unser Zeug!

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ECB Willing to Expand Stimulus Amid Growth Worry

ECB President Mario Draghi indicated that the bank stands ready to expand its stimulus programs and projected slower-than-expected economic growth in the eurozone, as well as lower inflation rates.

Stocks Pare Gains Ahead of U.S. Jobs Data

U.S. stocks’ gains receded despite a strong rally in Europe, as investors focused on coming U.S. employment data.

Image of Syrian Boy Echoes Around World

Photos of a Syrian boy whose body washed ashore on a Turkish beach horrified people around the world as Europe’s migrant crisis escalates.

The 3-year-old was a Syrian Kurd whose family’s efforts to emigrate to Canada had been rebuffed, according to media and Kurdish activists. 377

Hungary’s Leader Says Migrant Crisis Is Germany’s Problem

Hundreds of migrants rushed trains at Hungary’s main station as Prime Minister Viktor Orban blamed Germany for Europe’s migration crisis and warned that border-free travel within the bloc is at risk. 152

Syrians Take Arctic Route to Europe

More than 150 refugees have entered Norway from Arctic Russia this year—a fraction of the estimated half-million people who have sought asylum in Europe, but the flow is quickening as Syrians share the tip for a cheaper and safer route.

Former Saab Board Members Hit With Forgery Charges

Former CEO Jan-Ake Jonsson and head lawyer Kristina Geers deny falsifying data to justify huge payments before car maker went bankrupt.

Vivendi Chairman Ousts Longtime Chief of Canal Plus

French billionaire and Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bolloré has ousted the longtime chief of Canal Plus, further tightening his grip over the Vivendi-owned pay-TV group amid falling subscriber numbers.

Novartis to Begin Selling Copy of Amgen’s Neupogen in U.S.

Novartis said it will begin selling the first biosimilar drug in the U.S. at a 15% discount to the original after an appeals court denied Amgen’s request to block the Swiss drug maker’s sale of its copycat version of blockbuster remedy Neupogen.

Syngenta Moves to Calm Disappointed Shareholders

Syngenta moved to appease shareholders angered by its rejection of a takeover from Monsanto, saying it will divest its global vegetables seeds business and return more than $2 billion to shareholders.

Capital Account

For Russia, Oil Collapse Has Soviet Echoes

For most countries, the economic slowdown in China and the accompanying slump in commodity prices represent something between nuisance and pothole. For Russia, they are a catastrophe, writes Greg Ip. 94

Devaluation Strengthens China’s Hand at IMF

Beijing’s careful management of its currency since its devaluation last month is bolstering China’s bid to get the yuan included in the IMF’s basket of reserve currencies as soon as November.

Russia Says Economy Recovery Slow in Coming

The Russian government has acknowledged that the country’s economy is going to take longer to recover than it previously expected, weighed down by the slump in the value of the ruble.

Sweden Leaves Interest Rate Unchanged

Sweden’s central bank has left its main interest rate and bond-buying program unchanged, saying its existing policies were supporting the economy and would lead to inflation moving closer to its 2% target.

Middle East Crossroads

Yemen’s Unity Frays in Leaderless Aden

The battles of recent months have reopened historic divisions between Yemen’s north and south, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.

Iran’s Khamenei Urges Lawmakers to Vote on Nuclear Deal

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged the country’s parliament to vote on whether to implement a proposed nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other world powers.

NATO Opens Military Post in Lithuania

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization inaugurated a new command post in Lithuania, one of six across the alliance’s eastern border meant to shore up the region’s defenses against Russia.

French Government Pledges More Help for Farmers

France’s government has pledged to increase aid for agriculture, after thousands of farmers converged on Paris and blocked the city’s streets with more than 1,500 tractors to protest against high costs and low prices.

Off Duty

Adventure & Travel

Not Far From Prague, a Czech Village Worth Rhapsodizing About

The frozen-in-time town of Český Krumlov has scenery and history—and beer—that keeps travelers coming back.

Markets

Krom River Closes Commodity Hedge Fund

Commodity hedge fund Krom River, which managed around $1 billion at its peak, is returning money to investors as it plans a shift in focus following a tough period for commodities funds.

Foreign Firms Feel China’s Chill

Market turmoil and Beijing’s crackdown on brokers and investors is complicating the plans of foreign funds and investment banks that had bet on bigger business in China.

Video

Father of Drowned Syrian Boy Describes His Sorrow

1:52

Armed Police Remove Migrants From Train in Hungary

0:53

Migrant Crisis: The Schengen Agreement Explained

1:55