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German trade boost as coalition criticism mounts


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Germany's trade surplus last year fell for the first time since 2009, data showed on Thursday, in a further sign that vibrant domestic demand is sucking in more imports and slowly re-balancing the country's export-oriented economy. But, as Ciara Lee reports, the news comes as Chancellor Angela Merkel is under fire from her own ranks over a coalition deal which gave control of the finance ministry to the opposition.



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