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.
USA and Cuba to restore diplomatic ties - Currency crisis hits emerging economies - EU-Russia sanctions threaten German profits
Business confidence in Germany has increased for the second consecutive month, according to a closely-watched survey by the Ifo think tank, raising hopes for higher growth in Europe's biggest economy next year.
Notwithstanding a stream of negative news in recent times such as a shrinking output and falling business confidence, Japan's central bank has struck a more positive tone about the country's economic outlook.
Many emerging market currencies have plummeted in recent days, especially the ruble, amid expectations of an interest rate hike in the US. DW examines the reasons behind the plunge and the countries affected.
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