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Trade war and no-deal Brexit fears weigh on Germany's struggling economy

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The car industry has weighed heavily on the German economy Credit: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News

Some Britons may feel a touch of schadenfreude from seeing that the German industrial juggernaut is spluttering but its woes are a troubling symptom of a slowing world economy.

Recession fears are mounting in Europe’s biggest economy after it was revealed this morning that German GDP contracted in the second quarter, falling 0.1pc. 

Its export-reliant economy avoided a technical recession – two consecutive quarters of falling GDP – by a whisker last year but could fail to escape for a second time. Here are the five key problems facing the stumbling German economy as it nears recession.

No-deal Brexit looms large 

The political deadlock in Westminster does not only risk tipping the UK economy...

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