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Trade showdown

As the U.S.-China trade war rages, an even bigger battle with Europe is brewing

by Stephen Beard Aug 12, 2019
Europe braces for renewed hostilities with the United States over import tariffs.
A worker fits a part to a wing of an Airbus passenger plane in Hamburg, Germany in 2017.
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Brexit touches German funny bone

by Stephen Beard Apr 19, 2019
Britain's handling of Brexit is seen as inept and funny by some Germans ... but not all.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel look at a tablet ahead of a European Council meeting on Brexit at the Europa Building at the European Parliament in Brussels on April 10.
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Trade showdown

Why the auto industry (mostly) opposes proposed tariffs

by Tracey Samuelson Jul 19, 2018
Even so-called "domestic" carmakers are global companies with international supply chains.
Volkswagen Golfs hang on the assembly line at the company's factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, in March.
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German automakers are looking for a better trade deal

by Kai Ryssdal and Josie Fan Jun 21, 2018
Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen are proposing to end tariffs on U.S.-imported cars.
Robots weld the bodies of Volkswagen Tiguans at the Volkswagen factory in 2012 in Wolfsburg, Germany.
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Germany: Business as usual with Iran

by Anu Anand May 9, 2018
In Germany, officials are confident that the European leaders will broker a deal that avoids U.S. punishment.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas leaves after giving a statement on May 9, 2018 in Berlin after US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of a landmark deal curbing Iran's nuclear program and reimposed crippling sanctions, defying European pleas and prompting international outcry. 
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Weekly Wrap

Another week, another round of trade conversations

by Molly Wood Apr 27, 2018
This week European leaders met with President Trump, there's new numbers on the economy out ... let's break down the week's economic news.
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) during a joint news conference at the East Room of the White House April 27, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
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Trade to figure heavily in Merkel’s meeting with Trump

by Andy Uhler Apr 26, 2018
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with President Donald Trump tomorrow, just ahead of the May 1 deadline for averting the steel and aluminum tariffs the Trump administration announced last month. What is the German leader hoping to get from…

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Top German court gives cities a green light for diesel restrictions

by Aaron Schrank Feb 27, 2018
Germany’s top administrative court today ruled that cities can now ban older diesel vehicles from high-pollution areas. Before Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal a few years ago, more than half of the new cars sold in Europe had diesel engines. They’ve been…

Angela Merkel's woes echo beyond Germany's borders

by Stephen Beard Dec 7, 2017
The chancellor is struggling to secure a ruling coalition. The EU could be affected.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's political vulnerability coincides with French President Emanuel Macron's call for an overhaul of the European Union.
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Germany won't have a government anytime soon

by Kai Ryssdal and Shaheen Ainpour Nov 20, 2017
The German parliament still has not formed a coalition government.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the presidential residence Bellevue Castle in Berlin where she met the German President on November 20, 2017 after coalition talks failed overnight. 
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