Europe has long secretly admired Silicon Valley. So when a local European politician wants to emphasize how innovative his region really is, it is common to somehow relate it to the Valley.
One example is "Silicon Saxony," in eastern Germany, with the regional capital Dresden. It's far from being the only European region dreaming of California, though. When a large German company opened its new headquarters in Munich earlier this year, many felt obliged to applaud the "Silicon Valley spirit" one could allegedly feel. What was so remarkable about it? [read full story]