The DIHK study showed that about 40% of the 5,000 German companies that participated in the survey expect positive changes in foreign markets over the next 12 months, despite the growth of political and trade risks. This is the highest rate since the beginning of the survey in 2015. Only 10% of respondents expect deterioration, 50% do not predict any changes. According to DIHK, conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, as well as US protectionist policies, are sources of uncertainty for companies. Nevertheless, against the backdrop of a global recovery, Germany continues to grow.