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Focus Germany: Foreign trade – clouds on the horizon

German trade statistics are sagging. Most commentators attribute this phenomenon to the global business cycle. More likely, today’s figures are the outcome of earlier decisions made by German companies to move resources outside of Europe, and they are now developing their products elsewhere. If true, German foreign trade flows will be determined by the success in these firms’ choices, and the German market will no longer be a haven for European exporters.

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