As one of the founding members of the European Union, Germany, with its strongly export-oriented economy, has been oriented to the international and the common market. Tariffs are low and in accordance with the EU common trade policy, and other regulatory trade barriers, such as accreditation, quotas and standardizations are few or easy and cheap to obtain. Oddly enough, public opinion increasingly seems to be turning against free trade, as the mass demonstrations against TTIP have shown. It is not yet clear how this change will affect the trade policies of the country. This policy of fairly open borders also reflects the country’s comparatively liberal immigration laws, which have made the country the most popular destination for migrants. As a consequence of the huge wave of
migration from Syria this may be handled more restrictively in the future.