Gas pipelines are pictured at the Atamanskaya compressor station, facility...

Europe’s gas crunch can avoid worst-case outcome

Russian President Vladimir Putin has added martial tension to Europe’s gas crisis. Europeans struggling with prices inflated by a post-pandemic supply crunch are now confronted with a possible invasion of Ukraine by the continent’s biggest gas supplier. While a conflict would clearly make things worse, a range of factors may cushion the blow.

Christian Sewing, CEO of Deutsche Bank AG, looks on during the bank's...

Deutsche CEO’s cost-cut ordeal is far from over

Deutsche Bank Chief Executive Christian Sewing has spent the last few years slashing expenses at the 24-billion-euro lender. He’s now paying a dividend again and reckons an all-important 8% return on tangible equity (ROTE) target is within reach this year. Yet Sewing will need to keep his axe sharp. 

The opening ceremony of the Hynamics hydrogen station in Auxerre

The Exchange: Hydrogen wave

Can green hydrogen decarbonise big chunks of our economies? Air Products CEO Seifi Ghasemi, who’s backing the carbon-free gas in a major Saudi Arabia project, thinks so. He tells Lisa Jucca how his $61 bln group plans to be the world’s top green hydrogen producer in five years.

People stand outside 7-Eleven convenience store outside headquarters of...

Pushy 7-Eleven investors are welcome inconvenience

Even if at first you do succeed, it might be necessary to try again when investing in Japan. Aggressive hedge fund manager Dan Loeb prompted a leadership change at 7-Eleven operator Seven & I in 2016, but it wasn’t enough to spark a notable return. Different shareholders are now trying to shake up the $41 billion company. They warrant a fair hearing. 

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