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As the relationship between US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears to be getting tense, here are some things you should probably know about their countries' economic relationship.

A brewing diplomatic crisis between the United States and Germany has its roots in President Donald Trump's frequent criticism of the large US trade deficit with the European economic powerhouse.

SEE ALSO: New Trump attack on Germany widens transatlantic rift

Here are some key facts about the economic relationship between the two countries:

1. Trade deficit

The US trade deficit in goods and services with Germany in 2016 fell to $67.8 billion, due to a 0.7 percent increase in exports to $80.4 billion, and a 5.7 percent drop in imports, which totalled $148.1 billion, according to government data.

That ranks as the second largest deficit, behind China ($310 billion), and followed by Mexico ($62 billion), and Japan $56 billion.

Unlike those countries, however, where the US has a surplus in services, it has a deficit with Germany in both goods and services, the latter amounting to $2.3 billion last year.

2. Imports

The United States is Germany's most important export market, but Germany ranks as the fifth biggest source of US imports, behind China ($480 billion), Mexico ($324 billion), Canada ($313.5 billion) and Japan ($165 billion). 

Capital goods make up nearly $40 billion of products imported from Germany, while autos, parts and engines amounted to $32 billion, followed by consumer goods at nearly $20 billion.

3. Exports

Germany is the sixth largest market for US exports, behind Canada ($322 billion), Mexico ($262 billion), China ($170 billion), UK ($121 billion) and Japan ($109 billion).

The largest component of US exports to Germany was "other goods and services," which totalled just under $28 billion last year, followed by non-auto capital goods at $21 billion.

4. Investment

In 2015, German firms invested $255.5 billion in the United States, an increase of nearly 14 percent over the previous year, ranking as the seventh biggest foreign investor. The UK was first with $484 billion followed by Japan with $484 billion.

5. Employment

German companies are the third largest foreign employer in the United States, with over 670,000 workers, nearly half of which are employed in manufacturing.

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The trial of a Kenyan lady accused of plotting with one of her lovers to kill her husband is set to begin later this week. Details emerging from the investigations reveal, she not only helped in the planning but also in the execution of the plot to get her husband killed.

A few days before the start of the trial against a 32 year old Kenyan lady, Armina A. for being an accomplice to the murder of her 58 year old German husband Ekkehart H., show that she did more than just plot for the murder. According to Chemnitzer Morgenpost, the state prosecutor believes that Armina was the brain behind the whole incident.

It is believed that Armina opened the door for her ex-boyfriend Jan D. and as he was in the basement wearing the mask and picking the machete used to cut off Ekkehart’s throat; Armina seduced Ekkehart into having sex. The Bild Zeitung goes further to explain that as they were engaged into intercourse, Jan D. came into the room and chopped Ekkehart’s throat. As Jan was attempting to chop off Ekkehart’s shin, he’s aim was off and he ended up chopping off Armina’s achilles tendons.

A week after the attack, Armina told the Bild Zeitung that someone had been threatening her husband and had promised to kill him. She went further to even mention her immediate ex-lover, father to the five month old daughter, as a potential suspect. The police would arrest Armina’s ex-boyfriend Jan D. who confessed even before being taken into custody. 

Almost a month after the attack in November, the police would find out that Armina was a key accomplice in the case. Barely healed, she was wheeled into police custody where she has been since

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The former Chancellor of Germany; Helmut Kohl is dead. The CDU confirmed this: "We mourn," wrote the Christian Democratic Party of Germany on Twitter. From 1982 to 1998, Kohl was the sixth Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Before then, he was the regional minister of Rhineland-Pfalz (1969-1976). Between 1973 and 1998 he was the Chairman of CDU in Germany. He is regarded as the "Chancellor of Unity," and the collapse of the GDR and the reunification of Germany coincided with his time as prime minister.

In the year 2000, Kohl had to resign from his position as honorary chairman of the CDU because of his role in the party's donation party. He had refused to provide information about the names of donors. Kohl said at the time that he had given them his word of honor. In his last years of life, Kohl underwent some serious operations and sat in a wheelchair.

May he Rest in Peace

This is an excellent opportunity for ambitious migrant students to gain scholarships. The Schotstek program connects and provides everything students need for a successful Education. The Schotstek scholarship not only includes financial support but also includes educational guideance. Deadline is Thurdays, 29th of June 2017!Schotstek scholarship candidates can be from Germany or have come to Germany for studies. Scholarships are available for Bachelor and Master Students as well as for medical / law students. Since 2013, Schotstek has been awarding scholarships to migrant students. They support and counsel them during their studies. It is also important to mention that they help young graduates in their early career life.

Info:
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Sightseeing in Berlin is always a good news!  Mr. Henry Akanno, member of the Hamburg Integration Council is inviting the general public to join him and the Hamburg-Bergedorf & Harburg Member of Parliament, Metin Hakverdi to Berlin.

The tour to Berlin forms part of his community motivational activities. The first stop in the federal capital of Germany is the Parliament House “Bundestag”. Then after the seat of Government “Kanzleramt” Questions and Answers with the Parliamentarian is planned, besides it is an eye opener and inspirational moment for the youth. There is going to be lunch and photo session. The entire trip is costing per person only 20€.
The tour is limited to 50 participants, all 
interested in this historic visit should contact Henry Akanno on Tel: 01741349339

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A Kenyan lady has passed away in Hamburg and the State is looking for her next of kin. It has been close to a month since the lady passed and her family is yet to be found.

A month ago a Kenyan passed away in Hamburg, during the wake organised by the community where funeral arrangements were to be discussed, another Kenyan lady that had attended the event tripped on her way out and fell on the staircase. The lady identified as Wachia Manambo or as Jaridine (Jardin) Graff, would then be rushed to hospital for treatment. On 23rd May, Ms. Manambo passed on at the hospital.

Since end of May, Kenyans in Hamburg have sent out appeals in an attempt to locate her family but to no avail. As time is running out, the Kenyan community in Hamburg is sending out an appeal to Kenyans around the world to share this story and help find Ms. Manambo’s family.

Anyone with information on how her family may be contacted or who her family is, please contact the

Kenyan Embassy in Berlin – +49 30 259 266 0
Reto Wakenya Pamoja, community organisation in Hamburg – +49 152 139 10054

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The journalists created 12 fake identities, each of them a single professional in their mid-twenties who could write in perfect German. The only difference between them was that some of them had German names, while the others had Turkish, Arabic, Polish or Italian names.

Using the fake identities, the journalists sent 20,000 viewing requests for apartments in ten of Germany's biggest cities. In 8,000 cases, they received replies.

The results showed that people with Turkish or Arabic names have a particularly hard time of it on the rental market. 

For every successful attempt to view a property by someone with a German name, someone with a Turkish or Arabic name would be overlooked on every fourth occasion.

And Turkish men had the toughest time of all. They did not receive a positive reply in a third of cases where Germans did. Turkish women, on the other hand, were ignored in 16 percent of cases where Germans were accepted.

But the investigation also showed discrimination against Poles and Italians. People with Polish names did not receive an invite in 12 percent of cases where a German did, while that figure was 8 percent for Italians.

Stark variations were also observed between the different cities.

In the competitive rental markets in Munich and Frankfurt, people with foreign names were most likely to face discrimination. In the Bavarian capital, those with non-German names did not receive a positive answer in almost one in two cases where a German did get a reply - in Frankfurt in every third case.

In Leipzig and Magdeburg on the other hand, flat-hunters with foreign names were discriminated against in less than one in every five cases.

The study also showed that private landlords are more likely to reject a someone with a foreign-sounding name than commercial landlords.

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