Don’t bank on a baby boom in China
Don’t bank on a baby boom in China

“Later, longer, fewer” – under this slogan Mao Zedong initiated a population growth target in China more than 40 years ago. It was part of a catalogue of goals set within the five-year plan, when the total population had just passed the mark of 800 million people in 1969. People should marry later, leave longer periods between pregnancies and have fewer children. Now it appears that the policy’s days are numbered.

Impact of weather variances
Impact of weather variances

Sectors such as energy, retail, food, clothing, tourism, distribution, transport and construction are sensitive to minor changes in the weather. Some details on how weather affects these industries can be seen in our infografic.

Power outages - "One second without electricity may be one second too many"
Power outages - "One second without electricity may be one second too many"

Electricity is the lifeblood of modern civilization. If there's even a brief power cut, we quickly realize just to what extent we depend on electricity. Home's no longer cozy, there's no light in the evenings and dinner has to be eaten cold. But industry depends on a continuous power supply much more than private individuals do, and even short power outages can have disastrous consequences.

Volatile weather impacts business profits
Volatile weather impacts business profits

Strong links between unexpected weather patterns and company performance. / Bad weather “no longer a good excuse" for missed sales targets. / Pre-Christmas retail season one of many examples of key weather risk. / Annual costs from routine weather variance can triple those from the headline-grabbing global nat cat losses. / Growing demand in specialist products to offset losses from unexpected weather, but many businesses still unaware of options for tackling the challenge

Cars powered by sunlight, motors that generate electricity entirely free from emissions - Querdenker Awards 2013
Cars powered by sunlight, motors that generate electricity entirely free from emissions

The Querdenker Awards 2013 honored, for the fourth time, Germany's most creative entrepreneurs and top managers. Helga Jung, one of the judges, and a member of the Allianz SE Board of Management, says: "Tomorrow's world belongs to today's lateral thinkers".

Europe? Just continue!
Europe? Just continue!

To build Europe's future we need to “mobilize the public support” Herman Van Rompuy explained at the Allianz Forum in Berlin.

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG successfully adopts new legal structure of Societas Europaea (SE)
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG successfully adopts new legal structure of Societas Europaea (SE)

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (France) has been merged into Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG which was simultaneously converted into AGCS SE / AGCS will benefit from the simplification of its corporate structure and enhanced financial strength through capital optimization

E-driving is good and fun
E-driving is good and fun

Allianz supports the mobility solutions of tomorrow: Oliver Bäte, Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE, picked up one of the first BMWi3s for Allianz. Right now, already some 10 percent of the fleet are electric.

Worldwide diabetes campaign: Allianz Arena lit up in blue
Worldwide diabetes campaign: Allianz Arena lit up in blue

More and more cases of the illness in Germany.