The huge German trade surplus looks set to remain an international bone of contention in 2014. As the world economy recovers, Germany will export more in the coming year than ever before, a trade association estimates.
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.
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.
Russia's economy is the world's eleventh-largest. Following a period of recession, it managed to return to growth last year despite Western sanctions widening. But can the country continue on the road of recovery?
Germany's economy minister made his comments before departing for Washington. He said that both Germany and the EU want to avoid a trade war with the US.
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