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Migrant Crisis Divides Europe

Germany and France press the rest of Europe to end squabbling over its exploding numbers of refugees as Hungarian leader says his country doesn’t want ‘a large number of Muslim people.’

Image of Syrian Boy Echoes Around World

The 3-year-old was a Syrian Kurd whose relatives’ efforts to emigrate to Canada had been rebuffed, according to media and Kurdish activists. 590

Volkswagen CFO Nominated as Board Chairman

The largest shareholder of European’s biggest auto maker nominated the company’s finance chief to become the next chairman of the VW supervisory board.

Iran Parliament to Decide on Nuclear Deal

Iran’s parliament will have the final say on approving or rejecting the landmark nuclear agreement forged with world powers in July, top Iranian officials said, raising fresh uncertainty about the deal.

Brussels Beat

EU Displaces U.S. as Top Antitrust Cop

The European Union’s antitrust activism has put it in prime position to shape the Internet and is encouraging some U.S. technology executives to focus on Brussels.

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.

Jobs Report Could Seal Deal on Rates

The August employment report could make or break the case for the Federal Reserve raising rates this month.

E-Book Sales Weaken Amid Higher Prices

E-book revenue is falling, and some people in the publishing industry say it is partly because of the higher prices that have resulted from new contracts negotiated with Amazon.

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-television 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.

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.

French Prosecutor Confirms Airplane Part in Reunion Belongs to MH370

A top French prosecutor confirmed the airplane debris that recently washed ashore on the French island of Reunion came from the Malaysia Airlines’ missing Boeing 777.

NATO Opens 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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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.

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Film Review

‘La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Dream)’ Review: Dark Immigrant Odyssey

In Diego Quemada-Diez’s celebrated directorial debut, a trio of teenagers flee from Guatemala and make their way through a treacherous Mexico, where police and gangsters prey on vulnerable travelers.

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.

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Fashion

What’s Your Sport-Coat Personality?

Designers are pushing the boundaries of the sport coat with ‘soft’ jackets and sweater hybrids, encouraging men to leave their comfort zones and try bolder styles; a guide to the new world of sport coats.

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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Tradition und Revolution auf dem Mobile World Congress

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Besucher des Mobile World Congress (MWC).

Der Mobile World Congress 2013 geht zu Ende – was bleibt, ist die Erkenntnis, dass Konkurrenz eben doch das Geschäft belebt:

Telekom-Riesen wollen das Smartphone-Duopol mit Firefox knacken

Nach vielen Ankündigungen gemeinsamer Zusammenarbeit haben sich die europäischen Telekom-Riesen in diesem Jahr doch mal entschlossen, an einem Strang zu ziehen und unterstützen Mozillas Firefox als neues Betriebssystem für vor allem preiswerte Smartphones. Die Deutsche Telekom will damit beispielsweise in Polen anfangen, weitere osteuropäische Märkte sollen folgen, ob Firefox Smartphones irgendwann auch mal in deutschen T-Shops liegen bleibt offen.

Immerhin: die Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica und andere setzen ein Zeichen: sie sind das Duopol der Betriebssystem, Apples iOs und Googles Android leid sind und auch, wie diese Firmen ihnen das Geschäft erklären (wollen).

Samsung dominiert mit Stand in Größe eines Fußballfeldes

Umso erstaunlicher ist es, dass Google sich langsam Sorgen macht, dass Samsung zu übermächtig wird. Die Südkoreaner erlebten in den vergangenen Jahren einen kometenhaften Aufstieg, zogen an Apple als Top Smartphone-Verkäufer vorbei. Entsprechend dominant war ihr Auftritt auf dem diesjährigen Mobile World Congress: Der Stand war so groß, wie ein Fußballfeld. Apple, so viel amerikanische Arroganz muss dann doch sein, zeigt übrigens nie Flagge auf der Veranstaltung in Barcelona, die zu den wichtigsten der Branche in der Welt zählt. Doch der Schein trügt: Mehrere hundert Apple Mitarbeiter nehmen an der Messe teil, die von rund 70.000 Menschen besucht wird.

Weggeblieben ist diesmal auch Blackberry. Ein Manager gestand dem Wall Street Journal Deutschland, dass die Marketing-Ausgaben in diesem Jahr schon für die Einführung des seit über einem Jahr erwartetem Blackberry 10 verbraten wurden, der ab sofort dann doch endlich in Deutschland erhältlich sein werden, exakt ein Monat nach der offiziellen Vorstellung.

Tradition bei Nokia

Derweil lebt Nokia Tradition. Am Messe-Montag um viertel vor neun lädt ihr Boss Stephen Elop die Weltpresse ein – die strömt ein und entdeckt, dass das spannendste  dann doch ein 15 Euro teures Einfachhandy ist, dass nur einmal im Monat an die Steckdose muss. Natürlich zielt Nokia auf potenzielle Kunden in Entwicklungsländern, die noch nie ein Handy in der Hand hatten. Aber auch in Deutschland würde sich das Gerät sicher bestens verkaufen, als Notfall-Handy im Handschuhfach des Autos.

Ob die Finnen aber jemals wieder Anschluss an die Smartphone-Welt in Deutschland gewinnen werden, muss zumindest bezweifelt werden. Chancen, die die neuen schnellen LTE-Netze den Smartphone Herstellern bitten, werden von der asiatischen Konkurrenz – ob LG, HTC, Sony oder Huawei – besser verwertet. Letztere stellten mit dem Ascend P2 sogar ein Smartphone  vor, dass eine Download-Geschwindigkeit von 150 Megabit pro Sekunde bietet – schneller als jedes LTE-Netz in Deutschland bislang ist.

Das Datennetz zählt

Aber das gibt zumindest den Trend vor, den er in Barcelona bekannt machte: mobiles Internet zählt und O2 hat in Deutschland den Trend als erstes erkannt. Ab Freitag bietet es Tarife an, bei denen klassische Telefonate und SMS kostenlos sind, der Kunde zahlt nur noch für mobile Daten – je mehr, je schneller und je mehr er verbraucht.

Mahnende Worte kommen zurecht von Vodafone Boss Vittorio Colao: In der mobilen Welt ist niemand unverletzlich oder gar unsterblich. Das macht den Mobile World Congress in Barcelona jedes Jahr so spannend. Auch wenn die Sensation manchmal ein Einfach-Handy von Nokia ist.

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Search

Migrant Crisis Divides Europe

Germany and France press the rest of Europe to end squabbling over its exploding numbers of refugees as Hungarian leader says his country doesn’t want ‘a large number of Muslim people.’

Image of Syrian Boy Echoes Around World

The 3-year-old was a Syrian Kurd whose relatives’ efforts to emigrate to Canada had been rebuffed, according to media and Kurdish activists. 590

Volkswagen CFO Nominated as Board Chairman

The largest shareholder of European’s biggest auto maker nominated the company’s finance chief to become the next chairman of the VW supervisory board.

Iran Parliament to Decide on Nuclear Deal

Iran’s parliament will have the final say on approving or rejecting the landmark nuclear agreement forged with world powers in July, top Iranian officials said, raising fresh uncertainty about the deal.

Brussels Beat

EU Displaces U.S. as Top Antitrust Cop

The European Union’s antitrust activism has put it in prime position to shape the Internet and is encouraging some U.S. technology executives to focus on Brussels.

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.

Jobs Report Could Seal Deal on Rates

The August employment report could make or break the case for the Federal Reserve raising rates this month.

E-Book Sales Weaken Amid Higher Prices

E-book revenue is falling, and some people in the publishing industry say it is partly because of the higher prices that have resulted from new contracts negotiated with Amazon.

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-television 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.

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.

French Prosecutor Confirms Airplane Part in Reunion Belongs to MH370

A top French prosecutor confirmed the airplane debris that recently washed ashore on the French island of Reunion came from the Malaysia Airlines’ missing Boeing 777.

NATO Opens 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.

Arts

Film Review

‘La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Dream)’ Review: Dark Immigrant Odyssey

In Diego Quemada-Diez’s celebrated directorial debut, a trio of teenagers flee from Guatemala and make their way through a treacherous Mexico, where police and gangsters prey on vulnerable travelers.

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.

Video

Father of Drowned Syrian Boy Describes His Sorrow

1:52

Tesla's New Model X SUV Finally Set for Delivery

2:25

Are Baby Monitor Flaws Inviting Hackers Into Homes?

3:45