Some products are in high demand because they are so special and advanced. Germany's medical equipment industry, for example, exports two thirds of its output. And machinery made in Germany is snapped up around the world.
Trump's ploy to force countries to choose between doing business with the US or Iran is working. While German firms in Iran have been preparing for months for the sanctions, the outflow of companies is not slowing down.
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?
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.
Diplomats are seeking to resolve a conflict that has led German drugmakers to miss out on orders from Saudi Arabia. Along with Canada, Germany is struggling to react to Riyadh's new-found foreign policy assertiveness.
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