For 60 years, the name of Berthold Beitz has been synonymous with Germany’s biggest steelmaker, ThyssenKrupp AG, at first for his role in rebuilding the former arms supplier and helping it break with its Nazi past.
Germany’s Greens party backed a campaign platform of tax increases that members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic bloc said rules out a coalition after national elections in September.
Daimler AG and other global automakers, already predicting a drop in European deliveries of as much as 5 percent this year, will probably have to lower their forecasts after demand in Germany dropped the most in 2 1/2 years last month.
Germany plans to probe 50 former guards of the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported, citing Kurt Schrimm, chief prosecutor at the nation’s central Nazi crime investigation unit.
Germany’s Finance Ministry urged media in possession of information on tax havens to make the documents available, saying that it assumes they will want to help authorities investigate possible tax evaders.