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.
Germany's weapons exports, though controversial, generate employment. German's post-communist Left Party wants to ban arms sales - but when it comes to losing votes, even Left politicians waver.
The Russia-Ukraine crisis is dampening German business expectations.
A wave of euphoria has been sweeping across Germany following their World Cup victory. Economists and business executives are also caught up in it. But not every connection drawn between sports and business makes sense.
As Germany's machine tools sector faces stiff competition from abroad, it is turning to innovation and automation to protect its "Made in Germany" brand. A fresh study highlighted the prospects of the industry.
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