The Wirecard Debacle Calls for a Rethink

July 01, 2020

Wirecard AG, the Munich-based payments and financial services company that was a member of the DAX index of Germany’s 30 leading blue-chip stocks, collapsed spectacularly and filed for insolvency on June 25. Among many lessons, this disaster has revealed major gaps in audit...

Europe Has a Bumpy Ride Ahead

January 22, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to former Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme. In geographical terms, Europe is a continent with an assortment of landscapes, climates and ecosystems. It is an assembly of peninsulas, islands and landforms located in the Northern Hemisphere,...

Turmoil in Spain, Crisis in Europe

October 12, 2016

The problems facing the Spanish left mirror the crisis engulfing Europe. The current chaos devouring Spain’s Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) has mixed elements of farce and tragedy. However, the issues roiling Spanish politics reflect a general crisis in the European Union (EU) and a sober...

Apple Tax Case and Investment in Europe

September 18, 2016

Is the Apple decision good for investment in Europe? The European Commission (EC) decision that Ireland must collect €13 billion in back taxes from Apple has created quite a sensation. Most people agree that multinational companies can, and should, pay more tax. That general goal of the EC is...