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Quo vadis, United Kingdom?

Since the United Kingdom officially left the EU on 31 January 2020, it is not only the economic
and political experts who continue to ask this question.

Not just tulips and chips!

Not just tulips and chips!

Not just tulips and chips!At first glance, the Netherlands and Belgium are not giant territories. Indeed, they are neither among the 20 largest EU states in terms of area, nor are they in the top ranks when it comes to population. Here, they rank tenth and eleventh....

Seven in one

Seven in one

The United Arab Emirates is a Middle Eastern country made up of seven emirates:
Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Qaiwain.
It is home to some nine million

A multi-faceted metropolis spanning 700 km²

A multi-faceted metropolis spanning 700 km²

In terms of area, Singapore is the smallest state in Southeast Asia. With one main island, three
larger and 58 small offshore islands, the city-state off the Malay Peninsula covers an area
of just 719 km².

V4 = concentrated export power

V4 = concentrated export power

Communication experts advise never to use abbreviations without explaining them explicitly. A premium example of this is “V4”.

Different speeds, different perspectives

Different speeds, different perspectives

With a total of 55 countries, Africa is characterised not only by its great cultural diversity, but also by a variety of different speeds – especially when it comes to economic development. This also applies to the five North African nations that we highlight in this issue: Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

Partner on equal footing

Partner on equal footing

Partner on equal footingThis is a special year for Japan and Germany. On 24 January 1861, exactly 160 years ago, Prussia and Japan signed an agreement about friendship, trade and shipping. This was the beginning of German-Japanese diplomatic relations, thereby laying...

A tricky balancing act – “friendly neighbours”

A tricky balancing act – “friendly neighbours”

AUSTRIA. It is probably in the nature of man to observe one’s neighbours with particular curiosity. The special relationship between the Austrians and Germans forms no exception here, which constantly turns out to be a tightrope walk between similarities and tiny differences.

The “Baltic Tiger” arrives on digital paws

The “Baltic Tiger” arrives on digital paws

BALTIC STATES. When the Baltic States joined the European Union on May 1 2004, they were often referred to as the “Baltic Tiger” because of the high pace at which reform took place in them and their rapid economic growth in the 1990s.

The signs point to expansion

The signs point to expansion

INDIA. “Germany is India’s largest trading partner in the EU, and we want to continue to strengthen our relations in the future and expand them. German companies can for example contribute significantly to the realisation of numerous infrastructure projects in India.” Peter Altmaier

Focus on the Big Five

Focus on the Big Five

LATIN AMERICA. We put the Big Five of Latin America under the microscope. These are the five countries that last year were the region’s biggest buyers of German goods: Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Columbia.

A partnership put to the test

A partnership put to the test

NORTH AMERICA. Change is afoot in the US – including in the economy. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), came into force in North America on 1 July.

Northern powerhouse

Northern powerhouse

SKANDINAVIA. It’s not just in quality of life and educational standards that the Scandinavian countries lead the world. They are role models economically too, with low national debt, political stability and high levels of exports.

We must keep the engine running!

We must keep the engine running!

CHINA. China is regarded as one of the most important engines of the global economy. Even if the Chinese economy recorded its lowest growth rate for three decades in 2019 at 6.1 percent and the coronavirus is creating further problems in the short term, the Middle Kingdom is still ranked as the world’s second largest economy behind the USA, but well ahead of Japan and Germany.

Booming continent with a flourishing southern tip

Booming continent with a flourishing southern tip

SOTHERN AFRICA. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), German direct investments in Africa have more than doubled in just four years – reaching 1.94 billion euros in 2018.

Quo vadis, United Kingdom?

Quo vadis, United Kingdom?

Since the United Kingdom officially left the EU on 31 January 2020, it is not only the economic
and political experts who continue to ask this question.

Not just tulips and chips!

Not just tulips and chips!

Not just tulips and chips!At first glance, the Netherlands and Belgium are not giant territories. Indeed, they are neither among the 20 largest EU states in terms of area, nor are they in the top ranks when it comes to population. Here, they rank tenth and eleventh....

Seven in one

Seven in one

The United Arab Emirates is a Middle Eastern country made up of seven emirates:
Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Qaiwain.
It is home to some nine million

A multi-faceted metropolis spanning 700 km²

A multi-faceted metropolis spanning 700 km²

In terms of area, Singapore is the smallest state in Southeast Asia. With one main island, three
larger and 58 small offshore islands, the city-state off the Malay Peninsula covers an area
of just 719 km².

V4 = concentrated export power

V4 = concentrated export power

Communication experts advise never to use abbreviations without explaining them explicitly. A premium example of this is “V4”.

Different speeds, different perspectives

Different speeds, different perspectives

With a total of 55 countries, Africa is characterised not only by its great cultural diversity, but also by a variety of different speeds – especially when it comes to economic development. This also applies to the five North African nations that we highlight in this issue: Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

Partner on equal footing

Partner on equal footing

Partner on equal footingThis is a special year for Japan and Germany. On 24 January 1861, exactly 160 years ago, Prussia and Japan signed an agreement about friendship, trade and shipping. This was the beginning of German-Japanese diplomatic relations, thereby laying...

A tricky balancing act – “friendly neighbours”

A tricky balancing act – “friendly neighbours”

AUSTRIA. It is probably in the nature of man to observe one’s neighbours with particular curiosity. The special relationship between the Austrians and Germans forms no exception here, which constantly turns out to be a tightrope walk between similarities and tiny differences.

The “Baltic Tiger” arrives on digital paws

The “Baltic Tiger” arrives on digital paws

BALTIC STATES. When the Baltic States joined the European Union on May 1 2004, they were often referred to as the “Baltic Tiger” because of the high pace at which reform took place in them and their rapid economic growth in the 1990s.

The signs point to expansion

The signs point to expansion

INDIA. “Germany is India’s largest trading partner in the EU, and we want to continue to strengthen our relations in the future and expand them. German companies can for example contribute significantly to the realisation of numerous infrastructure projects in India.” Peter Altmaier

Focus on the Big Five

Focus on the Big Five

LATIN AMERICA. We put the Big Five of Latin America under the microscope. These are the five countries that last year were the region’s biggest buyers of German goods: Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Columbia.

A partnership put to the test

A partnership put to the test

NORTH AMERICA. Change is afoot in the US – including in the economy. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), came into force in North America on 1 July.

Northern powerhouse

Northern powerhouse

SKANDINAVIA. It’s not just in quality of life and educational standards that the Scandinavian countries lead the world. They are role models economically too, with low national debt, political stability and high levels of exports.

We must keep the engine running!

We must keep the engine running!

CHINA. China is regarded as one of the most important engines of the global economy. Even if the Chinese economy recorded its lowest growth rate for three decades in 2019 at 6.1 percent and the coronavirus is creating further problems in the short term, the Middle Kingdom is still ranked as the world’s second largest economy behind the USA, but well ahead of Japan and Germany.

Booming continent with a flourishing southern tip

Booming continent with a flourishing southern tip

SOTHERN AFRICA. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), German direct investments in Africa have more than doubled in just four years – reaching 1.94 billion euros in 2018.