Germany's competitiveness on the global market is of increasing importance. Its attractiveness for foreign investors is crucial, for their investments create or preserve jobs and help further develop technology.
The globalization of the economy further increases Germany's dependence on the world market. Yet at the same time, globalization means that people's lives all over the world are ever more closely interconnected.
The common responsibility of all states to ensure stable economic development for the benefit of everyone is becoming increasingly apparent, and in view of political conflicts it is more true than ever that trade and a dense network of economic links create trust and stabilize international relations.
It is therefore the task of Germany's foreign policy to both promote and protect German economic interests in the world and to help foster the further development of just and sustainable global economic cooperation.