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Berlin Is Hot! So Why Do Investors Have Such Cold Feet?

As a potential place to invest, Berlin ranks high. At least that’s what the polls say. But when it comes to putting its money where its mouth is, big business is shying away from launching into a long-term relationship with the attractive German capital.

A Berlin nightclub
A Berlin nightclub
Florian Eder

What are you supposed to say when asked what city you'd most like to invest in? Rankings of the most attractive markets in Europe read a lot like the Top 10 favorite travel destinations: London, Paris and Berlin followed by Frankfurt.

Allowing for the differences, the list is a testimony to the pull of the metropolis. Europe's capitals are favorite playgrounds of the elite, places where culture and consumerism meet. But one can also assume that the rankings, which are based on polls conducted among corporate board members, reflect choices made on the basis of esthetic criteria.

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War In Ukraine, Day 93: Is Kyiv Ready To Risk Taking War Into Russian Territory?

While Russia is accusing Ukraine of carrying out attacks on its territory, the U.S. is set to send rocket launchers that could fire into Russian territory. But Washington is also warning Kyiv of the high risks of escalation.

Malaya Rohan, town in Ukraine near Russian border

Shaun Lavelle, Cameron Manley and Emma Albright

Russia accused Ukraine of carrying out attacks on its territory, the latest indication that the war may be escalating dangerously across the border. The head of the Border Service of Russia’s Federal Security Service, Vladimir Kulishov, claimed that Ukrainian militants were trying to enter the country disguised as refugees.

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In an interview with government-owned Russian daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Kulishov said the situation at the border was difficult and that “additional temporary border posts were deployed.” He said that such actions preceded the invasion: “From 2014 to February 2022, the Ukrainian side undertook over 40 anti-Russian actions on the state border.”

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