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Penalties for corporations: jail for corporations, too, if you please

The SPD once called for corporate criminal law to punish criminal business practices. Now it provides the minister of justice. But he is hesitant.

HSBC aided and abetted tax evasion and money laundering, but cannot be punished for it. Picture: ap

Just one example: the Swiss scandal bank HSBC has systematically aided and abetted tax evasion and money laundering. But it cannot be punished for it, at most fined. Now the Association of German Criminal Investigators is demanding that such institutions must be able to be dissolved. In doing so, it is tying in with the debate on corporate criminal law, which is making little headway in Germany.

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New anthology on alfred schmidt: metabolism of man and nature.

His work remains: Frankfurt philosopher Alfred Schmidt was a pioneer of thinking about the "natural basis of every conceivable society."

Schmidt was a pioneer of thinking about the "natural basis of every conceivable society" Photo: dpa

Alfred Schmidt (1931-2012) was a philosophy professor in Frankfurt/Main from 1972 to 1999 – succeeding Jurgen Habermas in Max Horkheimer’s former chair. Schmidt received his doctorate from Adorno and Horkheimer in 1960 with a thesis on the "Concept of Nature in Marx’s Teaching." Quite atypical is the long-term career of his dissertation.

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