As the world’s fourth-largest largest economy and Europe’s leading economy, Germany looks to 2018 with pressing issues. How does the German economy keep its dominant position within the European Union, particularly following Brexit next year? Can the country take over from the UK as the region’s leading financial center?
Closer collaboration among EU members is the top concern of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who must balance the need to strengthen ties with its neighboring markets, cooperate with a protectionist United States and build lasting relations with emerging economies in Asia.
Global Media Inc. and Forbes Asia return to Germany this year to highlight the country’s importance to the global economy and Asia’s role in ensuring the European economy’s long-term future. Tentatively scheduled for pubication in the July/August 2018 issue, the Special Business on Germany will take a closer look on how the nation’s southern states are contributing to that future.