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The withered EU recovery

BRUSSELS | By Jacobo de Regoyos | The euro zone’s GDP is to grow by 1.2% in 2014 and by 1.7% in 2015, the European Commission forecasts, while the whole of the EU will do by 1.6% and 2%, respectively. Even if Brussels rather thinks recovery is firmly rooted and it must protect it from gloomy predictions, the truth is that last data are showing an economy that is not really taking-off. 

EU recovery loses steam

EU recovery loses steam

MADRID | By JP Marin Arrese | One day after the European Commission put Germany under close scrutiny, blaming its fat trade surplus of curtailing other countries’ growth, figures released on economic performance in the third quarter came as a nasty surprise. Exports had stalled in the biggest partner, bringing growth rate to 0.3% down from 0.7% three months before. Resilience in internal demand had saved it from shrinking, openly contradicting Brussels’ claims against Berlin.