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Germany is already being paid for borrowing

MADRID | By Bankinter analysts | Bundesbank’s monthly bulletin points that the German economy might slow down in the 2Q14, but that it would be reactivated in the 3Q14 thanks to the construction industry and the improvement of the confidence amongst households. Thus, the central bank raised its forecast for 2014 from 1.7% to 1.9%. In this context, Germany sold €1,511 million in 6-month bills with a negative interest rate: -0.0015%. Last May, the same bills were sold at +0.1089%, so we may conclude that the ECB’s negative deposit rate also helps the German debt.