Die Stiftung für Familienunternehmen in Deutschland und Europa
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Munich, 06.03.2014
Study: Social beings or cold numbers

Family business owners and managers of non-family businesses were asked about their attitude towards taxes, employees and location. In terms of their focus on profit they don`t differ, the differences are to be found in their values. The study was undertaken by the ifm Mannheim on behalf of the Foundation for Family Businesses.

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Munich, 11.11.2013
Corporate criminal law unconstitutional

Today, the Foundation for Family Businesses submitted a report by Professor Bernd Schünemann, in which the planned corporate criminal law is criticized as being unconstitutional. Family business owners are threatened by a future double jeopardy, warns the author.

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Munich, 23.09.2013
Family Business: Energy and Europe - Urgent action areas

CEO of the Foundation for Family Businesses, Professor Brun-Hagen Hennerkes, has invited Chancellor Angela Merkel to respond to her clear electoral mandate by making no rotten compromises regarding coalition negotiations. She needs to secure low-cost energy supply and advance the reform agenda in Europe.

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Munich, 07.06.2013
Day of the German Family Business: Tax plans of the opposition not only lead to the disappropriation of employers, but also employees

In total, the flat rate withholding tax, inheritance tax and wealth tax demanded by the opposition mean that a business can surrender annually almost four times as much to the treasury as it earns in revenue. Prof. Brun-Hagen Hennerkes, Director of the Foundation for Family Businesses, calls these plans of the SPD, the Greens and the Left Party to introduce a wealth tax or duty "an attack on Germany’s industrial base".

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Munich, 03.06.2013
Guidelines for a stable economic and monetary union

Opinion of the former Federal Constitutional Court Judge Prof. Udo Di Fabio

Foundation Chairman Prof. Brun-Hagen Hennerkes calls for an end to low interest rate policy

The Foundation for Family Businesses published an opinion by the former Federal Constitutional Court Judge Prof. Dr. Udo Di Fabio (University of Bonn) today. Under the title „The future of a stable economic and monetary union. Constitutional and European law limits and possibilities“ Di Fabio defined constitutional guidelines for the rescue of the euro and European integration. In the coming week, the Federal Constitutional Court has scheduled a hearing on the pending lawsuits against the rescue of the euro.

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Munich, 26.04.2013
Are family businesses the new enemy?
Green capital tax would increase tax burden by 20.9 percent


The Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Family Businesses, Prof. Brun-Hagen Hennerkes, criticized the controversial capital tax planned by the Greens: "Despite all the protestations of wanting to spare business assets, the capital tax has a dramatic impact on the tax burden of businesses. An annual charge of 1.5 per cent over ten years on the market value of a company may at first seem slight to the layman. But the tax payments of a large family business (total including shareholder burden) would increase by 20.9 percent only due to this capital tax. (...)

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Berlin, 17.04.2013
Foundation for Family Businesses: Cyprus rescue seeds distrust in the currency

The Chairman of the Executive Board of the Foundation for Family Businesses, Prof. Dr. Dr. hc Brun-Hagen Hennerkes spoke at the WELT-Monetary Conference, organized by the Foundation for Family Businesses and the daily newspaper"Die Welt". He warned about the serious consequences of the Cyprus-rescue for confidence in the euro. "Whoever strips all savers, up to a certain threshold, of responsibility does something very serious: He sows distrust in the reliability of money. This is a terrible prognosis for future financial crises,". It is not surprising therefore that some bank account holders in Germany are currently withdrawing their deposits.

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Stuttgart, 21.01.2013
Country Index of Family Businesses - Germany's economic robustness only a perceived strength

The best location for family businesses is Switzerland, Germany is only in midfield. This is the result of the Country Index, which has listed for the fourth time the countries where it is particularly worthwhile to invest.

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