The German economy is heavily dependent on exports. The country had the world's largest export surplus in 2012. Now the EU says Germany's massive trade imbalance could jeopardize the recovery of other, less robust eurozone economies.
Young Europeans recently gathered in Brussels for two days of debate and to vote on their vision for Europe. Things were more cheerful than when heads of state and government take part, says Uta Steinwehr from Brussels.
Germany's statistics office has reported a renewed annual rise in the country's exports and imports. Europe's powerhouse managed to slightly narrow its trade surplus which has been in the firing line for many years.
Increasingly popular, "golden visas" offer virtually scrutiny-free EU citizenship for rich outsiders. Critics say EU governments are ignoring the risks to collect quick cash. Teri Schultz reports from Brussels.
The possibility of a global trade war is worrying investment professionals in export-oriented Germany, causing a sentiment gauge compiled by the ZEW research group to slump to its lowest level since September 2016.
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