Worldwide "Made in Germany" has long been synonymous with quality, and this year was no exception. As the export industry continues to run at full steam, the euro crisis still has not kept up with the Germans.
In January, both German exports and imports made strong comebacks from a weak year-end in 2013. Exports rose at their fastest pace in almost two years, while imports surprised even more.
As the German economy has maintained steady growth over the past few years the number of corporate failures and private insolvencies has fallen. In 2013, the resulting losses were down by a quarter.
Ukrainian bankruptcy and a Russian invasion next door? Polish media report that Poles have much to fear. But a market strategist from Poland's oldest and largest bank has good news: the country's economy will be fine.
German trade group BGA says sanctions against Moscow will hit businesses here but might be life-threatening to the Russian economy. 2014 growth in German trade will hinge on the outcome of the Ukraine crisis, it claims.
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