Author: Markus Pohlmann

Organizational Deviance and endemic corruption – Siemens and the love for Russia

by Alexander Fürstenberg and Sebastian Starystach Cliché or system? Whoever wants to do business in the Russian Federation has to expect to be asked eventually to provide irregular payments. Corruption remains endemic in Russia and large parts of the post-Soviet region. For decades, Transparency International has shown Russia in deep…

Learning from Xi (Jingping) – The new “Dictator-App” in China and the digital dictatorship

by Markus Pohlmann Learning from socialism means learning to win. Learning Xi Jingping means winning as well. That is why many people in China now have to serve hours of detention. At first only the party members, the civil servants and the press. However, in the near future this will…

The Brazilian Dam Collapse and the German TÜV – Approved to Fail?

by Maria Eugenia Trombini, Mario Jorge Junior and Markus Pohlmann  It is not a new story. Yet it is still shocking. Dam breaks in the mining business happen from time to time, burying many people alive in a mudslide. In November 2015, a dam burst in the city of Mariana…

If Nation States do not Abide by Rules or Christmas in Jamaica

by Markus Pohlmann Christmas in Jamaica means: 30 ° C, sunshine and party-non-stop. When the „CrisMus Breeze“ arrives in early December, the exuberant parties and festivities for which Jamaica has been famous and notorious since the slaveholding era. On Christmas Eve there is also a big celebration and breakfast is…

Organized crime in pinstripes? – The tax robbery with cum-ex and cum-cum deals

by Julian Klinkhammer and Markus Pohlmann Cum-cum and cum-ex transactions (Cum/Ex) enabled „the biggest tax theft in the history of Europe“, concluded Dr. Christoph Spengel, Professor of Business Taxation at the University of Mannheim, who had prepared a report for the 4th Enquiry Committee of the German Bundestag on Cum/Ex.…

What do the Paradise Papers reveal? – The files Apple and Appleby

By Julian Klinkhammer The ‚Paradise Papers‘ are making headlines since November 2017. Half a year later, the first conclusions have been drawn: What does this data leak reveal that we did not already know? 1. The ‚Apple‘ case At first glance, the publications paint a vivid picture of celebrities, the…

North Korean Forced Labour in the EU – The Long Arm of the North Korean Dictator

by Markus Pohlmann When the FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Costa Rica takes place on 22 June 2018 or when the third place play-off takes places on 14 July 2018 – all of them in Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg –  we shall also think of the approximately…