The European Union has placed Germany under scrutiny for doing too good a job. The predicament is that Europe's biggest economy is producing such a big export surplus, that it could be throwing the rest of the bloc out of whack.
A raft of retaliatory tariffs from the European Union on US products will come into effect on June 22. The EU's list of targets reads like a summary of emblematic American exports, including motorbikes and jeans.
In many EU countries, right-wing populists are benefiting from the unsolved migration problems. A European solution is becoming increasingly difficult, and countries are starting to go it alone.
Chancellor Merkel has said trade accounting methods are outdated and need revision. Done differently, figures show the US had a $14 billion surplus rather than $153 billion deficit with the European Union in 2017.
In a recent speech in Berlin, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said his vision of unification with the North could follow the example of Germany. But with China next door, not many see that happening any time soon.
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