The fiscal rebound of Pittsburgh, the former steel-city capital that shed a Rust-Belt fate by rebuilding its economy around universities and hospitals, has struck an obstacle that’s bedeviling municipalities nationwide.
The red brick tower of the state archive in Duisburg soars 250 feet above an old inland shipping port on the River Rhine, a statement of intent that Germany’s most populous region is willing to pay for.
When Swiss prosecutors knocked on the door of DTEK Trading SA’s Geneva headquarters in February, they were on the trail of Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s richest man. The billionaire, who controls the coal broker, was 2,000 miles away in Donetsk, Ukraine, brokering peace after protests had pushed Viktor Yanukovych, the country’s president -- and a longtime ally -- into exile.
Michigan’s swift conversion to a right-to-work state has galvanized advocates of the law, who vow to seek similar legislation nationwide under the battle cry: “If it can happen in Michigan, it can happen anywhere.”