Figures from Germany's Federal Statistics Office show seasonally adjusted exports up 2.2 percent in January. Imports, especially from countries within the euro zone, jumped even more.
In roughly a week from now, higher US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are to come into force. Will the European Union manage to be exempted from the duties? DW's Sabine Kinkartz reports from Berlin.
China's outbound shipments have increased at the fastest pace in three years. With imports also on the rise, the world's second-largest economy remains resilient even as trade relations with the US rapidly deteriorate.
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.
Chinese exports and imports picked up steam last year, fresh figures from the customs administration have shown. Shipments to the US rose considerably, increasing Beijing's controversial trade surplus.
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