Thursday

21st Sep 2017

Ticker

Germany set 2016 record trade surplus

Germany's trade surplus rose to record high €252.9bn in 2016, surpassing the previous record of €244.3bn in 2015, figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed on Thursday even after the EU commission urged Berlin to do more to stimulate domestic demand. US president Donald Trump’s administration has accused Germany of flooding the US with cars and said German exporters had an unfair advantage because of the euro’s weak exchange rate.

Spain arrests Catalan officials

Armed Spanish police have arrested Catalan officials and seized ballots for an independence referendum, prompting appeals for EU help.

Investigation

The rise of the German alt-right

Ahead of Sunday's German elections, a growing number of anti-establishment, anti-Islam websites have created an echo chamber for the radical right.

News in Brief

  1. Catalan leader decries Spanish government intervention
  2. Hungary set for fresh campaign against public enemy Soros
  3. Iceland's PM leads in polls ahead of October elections
  4. Erdogan demands Iraqi Kurds cancel referendum
  5. Ireland to hold referendum on ownership of water
  6. Report: May to offer €20bn as Brexit bill in Florence speech
  7. Merkel poised to win election despite CDU dip in polls
  8. EU unveils cyber security ideas

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