GERMAN ECONOMIC GROWTH SAW MAJOR DROP IN 2019

Economic growth in Germany plummeted in 2019, according to the latest figures released by the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) on Wednesday, DW reported. 
 
The growth rate is the lowest Germany has seen since 2013 and comes on the heels of news that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government logged a massive €13.5 billion ($15 billion) surplus last year — reigniting calls for Berlin to spend more.

Global problems and changes: The growth slowdown in Germany has largely been blamed on the trade war between the United States and China — which has hit Germany's export-oriented economy hard. Political uncertainty with Brexit as well as the German car industry's transition to electric power have also taken their toll.