Booming domestic demand in Germany is helping the national economy to weather the slowdown in foreign demand resulting from weaker growth in China.
Yet exports remain a pivotal factor in Europe's powerhouse, driven by an artificially low euro exchange rate. This page collates recent DW on Germany's and other nations' export figures.
Bangladesh has made big strides forward in fighting extreme poverty. One reason -- the textile industry, which has been booming for years. After China, it exports more textiles than any other country. But the sector also has a bad reputation.
Franco-German ventures to make tanks, drones and jets could be at risk due to Berlin's approach to arms exports, the French ambassador warns. As a consequence, ever more companies were developing "German-free" weapons.
Will world peace ever be a reality? We certainly don't seem to be on course for it. Swedish research institute SIPRI says over the past five years, worldwide imports and exports have RISEN by 7.8%. The US tops the list of global arms dealers: providing at least 98 countries with combat aircraft, short-range cruise and ballistic missiles and guided bombs.