Gabriel Felbermayr from the IfW Kiel think tank thinks it's high time the German government slashed its subsidies – which continue to rise from year to year. But can the economy manage without them? MADE went to ask Felbermayr what he thinks.
The US government plans to order punitive tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of EU goods after it scored a victory in a long legal fight at the WTO. Many on the EU side warn of retaliation and potential escalation.
Mechanical engineering has been a crucial pillar of Germany's export-oriented economy, but Chinese competitors are catching up fast, as DW's Zhang Danhong and Andreas Becker report from the Hanover industrial fair.
German Chancellor Merkel and Chinese President Xi may strive to champion global free commerce and present a united front against US President Trump's protectionism. But all is not well between the two trade partners.
As Germany negotiates a new government, pressure is growing to ax a tax for special economic aid to the formerly communist East. Are Germans tired of paying reunification costs, even as the eastern economy lags behind?
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