Germany is stalling the Chinese takeover of yet another tech firm. Last time it was a top industrial robotics manufacturer. This time, a supplier to the semi-conductor sector, Aixtron.
German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier has said he doesn't understand why domestic carmakers have been so slow to invest in the development and production of electric cars. He called it a big strategic mistake.
Investment in renewable energy continues to grow at a record pace as countries look to move away from fossil fuel-based power production to eco-friendly generation. Over half of world's new solar capacity is in China.
The escalating trade dispute between the US and China has already caused noticeable damage for Germany, Holger Bingmann, president of the German Federation of Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA) tells DW.
In 2016, Chinese investors took over more companies in Europe than in the previous four years combined, most of them in Germany. The trend did not continue in 2017 but that was not due to any tightening of Chinese belts.
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