In December 2019, Slovakia posted lowest GDP growth increase since 2013. The central European country has been affected by decreasing foreign demand. With the global slowdown of the automotive sector, experts warn of overreliance on car-production in Slovakia.
People across the world are slowly but surely swapping their car keys for a phone app. Although European cities are lagging behind their Russian and Asian competitors in terms of car sharing fleet size, the service is on the rise in the old continent.
South Koreaʼs Bumchun Precision plans to build a HUF13.3bn (EUR41m) plant supplying parts for electric cars in northern Hungary. The Hungarian government will provide HUF2.65bn for the construction of the plant, which will create 200 jobs.
In the conditions of weakening international trade, the increase in sales to Germany proved to have a positive impact on the growth of Polish exports in 2018. This was largely due to factors not related to demand.
In spite of Russia’s stagnating economy, let alone the highly unfavorable political climate between the Russian Federation and Europe, the volume of Russian-German trade in 2018 increased by nearly 9 per cent, reaching almost EUR62bn.
The downturn in the automotive market has contributed to a slowdown in the European economy. This is affecting the German car industry and its suppliers, mainly from Central and Southeast Europe (CSE).