As the global economy slows down, Germany’s prospects for economic growth might be slowing down with it.
Experts have a mixed forecast for the new year, predicting there will be no danger of crisis in the European Union, but warning there will be slower growth.
Germany's Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said he was expecting lower tax revenues that regularly exceeded expectations and weaker growth in 2019 as headwinds from trade frictions hamper exports.
The coalition government agreed to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen following accusations that he harboured far-right views but the deal unravelled. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer also refused demands to dismiss Maassen.
Counting began on Saturday in Berlin to see if members of Germany's SPD had approved a decision to join a coalition government led by the German chancellor Angela Merkel.
The SPD leadership and many other members are in favour of the coalition between the party and Angela Merkel's conservatives. But the youth wing of the party and left-wingers are fighting for a "No Grand Coalition" vote.
Martin Schulz said an extraordinary party congress would be held in the western city of Wiesbaden on April 22 to pick a new leader.
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