Germany’s long expansion comes under threat

GERMANY’S EXPORTING prowess is so impressive that other countries seek to import even its policies. France recently passed labour reforms inspired by its neighbour to the east. British politicians periodically try to copy its vocational-training system. Governments far and near have sought to emulate the Mittelstand, its small and mid-size producers. Germany’s knack for producing goods desired by emerging economies, notably a booming China, helped it recover rapidly from the financial crisis of 2007-08, and cushioned the impact of the sovereign-debt crisis that subsequently engulfed the euro zone.

Now Germany is propelling the currency bloc into a slowdown. The economy shrank in the third quarter of 2018 and probably grew only slightly in the fourth. Over the year as a whole, GDP grew by 1.5%, down from 2.2% in 2017 and below the euro-zone average (see chart 1). New emissions tests...

via The Economist: Finance and economics Business Feeds

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