Global Observer

Foreign dispatches from correspondents around the world.


Is Germany's digital angst practical or paranoid?

In Germany, skepticism of the web runs deep. Is it justified?


Startups cater to a new Parisian passion: running

PARIS -- The French are embracing running as a new form of sightseeing and social congregation, and entrepreneurs are launching businesses to serve these athletes.


How Hong Kong's high rents stifle innovation

HONG KONG -- With shop leases that only global brands can afford, the city's small businesses are driven out, while young entrepreneurs see no room to innovate.