Germany: the eurozone laggard

Germany is clearly the eurozone's worst participant, with its nascent recovery possibly over almost before it began. GDP rose just 0.3% in the second quarter, matching the Q1 gain. And with recent data overwhelmingly bad, Q3 growth prospects are not encouraging. Most worryingly, business sentiment is deteriorating, with Germany's Ifo index of business sentiment down for five straight months. This type of economic disappointment is nothing new for Germany, and while external factors have been at

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