The VDMA, Germany's mechanical-engineering consortium, has published its forecast for 2014, and it sees a very bright year ahead for the sector.
It may well be the scenario in which everyone loses the most, but the prospects of a so-called no-deal Brexit grows by the day. German manufacturers are among the many whose business will be affected.
The world is a complicated place, but the immutable laws of international trade have often served to simplify it. That appears to be changing fast, and Germany is in the firing line as risks of a global trade war rise.
Oil prices have jumped to levels last seen in 2014, after the United States decided to re-impose sanctions on Iran, threatening to tighten global oil markets and likely to derail billions of dollars in business deals.
For years, investment in digital infrastructure has been urged in Germany, with business leaders saying the country risks being left behind. But is Europe’s powerhouse really so unprepared for the digital revolution?
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