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“Deutsche Bank as we once knew it is dead.” Such is the conclusion of three veteran reporters in Germany’s newsmagazine Der Spiegel. Not without nostalgia, the authors provide a scathing critique of how Germany’s largest bank, once exemplifying solid “German values,” turned into a global investment bank embroiled in a series of financial scandals. The authors are pessimistic about the bank’s future, suggesting that it might not be able to survive. getAbstract recommends this article, which is partly an institutional history and partly a passionate wake-up call, to anybody interested in Germany’s iconic institution and German tax payers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Deutsche Bank evolved from a German commercial bank to a globally operating investment bank,
  • Why Deutsche Bank was hit particularly hard in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and
  • Why many observers consider the bank “broken.”

About the Authors

Ullrich Fichtner, Hauke Goos and Martin Hesse are reporters at German’s weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel.



Deutsche Bank is a pillar of the global financial system and the German economy. Up until the 1990s, Germany’s largest bank was a major shareholder in almost all large German corporations and the go-to retail bank for millions of Germans. Indeed, the bank used to symbolize German efficiency and reliability...

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