Political clouds gather over Germany’s export machine



Claire Jones and Valentina Romei | Financial Times

Alexander Hinterkopf, a maker of digital industrial printers, built his business through regular trips from the company’s German headquarters to big markets around the world. But in recent months his travels have been less fruitful. “The environment can be summed up in one word — uncertainty,” the Baden-Württemberg based businessman told the Financial Times. “Uncertainty is never a good thing in business, it means you always postpone decisions. Since the summer, I’ve been to China three times, and each time customers come up with another reason to postpone.” After a decade of boom, a darkening political climate is beginning to cloud the international economic outlook.

This article originally appeared in the Financial Times here.