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  • TOURIST GO HOME! EUROPE’S DREAM DESTINATIONS AT RISK

    TOURIST GO HOME! EUROPE’S DREAM DESTINATIONS AT RISK

    Europe’s urban tourism is experiencing an unprecedented boom. But cities like Venice, Barcelona and Dubrovnik can no longer cope with the crowds and are on the verge of collapse. We ask who the actual profiteers are. Europe’s urban tourism is experiencing an unprecedented boom. Stimulated by cheap flights offered by budget airlines, a growth in cruise ship tourism and clever marketing strategies, cities like Venice, Barcelona and Dubrovnik are being literally overrun by tourists: 30 million flock to Venice every […]

  • WHO OWNS THE EAST?

    WHO OWNS THE EAST?

    Businesses, homes, forest, farmland – all this was once declared public property by the GDR. After the fall of the Wall, an entire country was up for sale. Who owns what in the East? A vast process of redistribution begins. Thousands of businesses, hundreds of thousands of homes, millions of hectares of forest and farmland – all this was once declared public property by the GDR. After the fall of the Wall, the big question that arose was: Who actually […]

  • POISONED FIELDS – GLYPHOSATE, AN UNDERRATED RISK?

    POISONED FIELDS – GLYPHOSATE, AN UNDERRATED RISK?

      Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weed killer. Some consider it harmless, others say it is a serious health hazard for man and animals. A highly topical investigation into a controversial substance. Glyphosate is the world’s best-selling herbicide. Most glyphosate products are used in agriculture. They are a simple and cost-effective way of controlling weeds that can otherwise persist for years. Some consider it to be completely harmless, while others say it is a serious health hazard for […]

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  • PARCHIM INTERNATIONAL

    PARCHIM INTERNATIONAL

      A Chinese investor buys the regional airport of Parchim in provincial north Germany to turn it into a hub for international cargo and passenger transport. Sheer megalomania or enviable drive and enthusiasm? In 2007 Chinese investor Jonathan Pang bought an old military airport in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, northern Germany. In the small town of Parchim, he wants to create an international hub for air cargo transport between China, Europe and Africa. Mr Pang plans no less than to reroute international commodity […]

  • DRY SEASON – CENTRAL ASIA’S BATTLE FOR WATER

    DRY SEASON – CENTRAL ASIA’S BATTLE FOR WATER

    Anyone in Central Asia who has water also has power. Will there soon be an all-out battle for water in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan und Uzbekistan? Anyone in Central Asia who has water, from reservoirs or the upper reaches of rivers, also has power. While the higher-lying countries of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have control over the region’s two largest rivers, the Amudarja and Syrdarja, lower-lying Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are left empty-handed. A power-political disaster with devastating consequences for the […]

  • THE SHARING ECONOMY

    THE SHARING ECONOMY

    Airbnb, Social Dining and Sidecar: swapping instead of buying – we take a look at how this new form of economic activity, the so-called “sharing economy”, is developing in different countries around the world. What is the secret behind the success and appeal of the “sharing economy”? With underlying motives ranging from sustainability to economics, new business models and – potentially – an alternative culture of consumption and community are emerging all over the world. Consumers are becoming users and […]

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  • THE COLORADO GREEN RUSH – GET STONED, GET RICH

    THE COLORADO GREEN RUSH – GET STONED, GET RICH

    Since the legalisation of Cannabis in 2014, the citizens of the US state of Colorado have been experiencing a “green rush”. Meet players, beneficiaries and losers of this huge and new branch of industry. Not too long ago you would have been in serious trouble if you were caught in the tranquil US state of Colorado with marijuana in your pocket. But that was then and this is now: since the government decided that marijuana could be legally farmed, sold […]

  • FALSE MONEY – DONOR AID AND THE SELL-OUT OF PALESTINE

    FALSE MONEY – DONOR AID AND THE SELL-OUT OF PALESTINE

    Since the Oslo Accords, over $ 24 billion in international aid has gone to Palestine. The biggest donor: the EU. Twenty years on, the situation in Gaza and the West Bank is worse than ever. Since the Oslo Accords in 1993 and 1995, over $ 24 billion in donor money has gone to Palestine. The EU is the largest donor: € 428 million was donated in 2013 alone. Officially, the funds are supposed to promote the creation of a democratic, […]

  • THE TRAIL OF THE TROIKA

    THE TRAIL OF THE TROIKA

    What is happening in Europe in the name of troika? A must-see for anyone who wants to understand the situation in Greece and find out why the austerity policy imposed by Germany has failed. The European Union and International Monetary Fund have lent more than 400 billion euro to Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus to keep these countries solvent. The lenders granted enormous power to the three institutions of the so called troika: the IMF, the European Central Bank and […]

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  • CONCIERGES: BERLIN, MOSCOW, PARIS

    CONCIERGES: BERLIN, MOSCOW, PARIS

    Berlin, Moscow, Paris: A concierge knows everyone and everything. But despite his ever-friendly manner, he remains something of a phantom figure. A concierge is responsible for providing everything that makes a guest’s stay more comfortable. His computer and address book are his main assets. This film tells the story of a unique profession and offers an insight into the discreet world of a job which entails everything from being a nurse to millionaires to being a magician for the rich […]

  • BUYING THE WORLD

    BUYING THE WORLD

    Switzerland has become one of the most important commodities trading centres in the world. We take an exclusive look behind the scenes of this powerful and secretive sector of industry. In recent years, Switzerland has become the world’s most important distribution hub for the international commodities trade. Approximately one third of global crude oil trade and around half of agricultural commodities trade is effected in Geneva. The film shows how commodities dealers have profited from the economic growth of the […]

  • THE BIG CLIMATE DEAL

    THE BIG CLIMATE DEAL

    After the Kyoto conference, politicians created an instrument which was to be the great white hope of climate protection: emissions trading. Ten years later: What has been the outcome? Can climate change still be stopped? After the Kyoto conference, politicians created an instrument which was to be the great white hope of climate protection: emissions trading. Just 10 short years after the introduction of this measure, however, the balance sheet is more than sobering: the idea that one can save […]

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