FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind the financial district early evening in Frankfurt, Germany, October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Forty-four percent of German firms expect a further escalation of trade tensions between Europe and the United States, which is likely to continue to dampen new investments, the RND newspaper chain reported, citing a survey by the IW economic institute.
Thirty-four percent do not see trade ties growing more strained, RND reported.
It said 41 percent of firms surveyed considered it unlikely that the United States and the European Union would reach agreement on a transatlantic trade agreement.