World from Berlin 'Austerity Is Making European Economy Sicker'

The European common currency zone has now been in recession for six straight quarters, with three of the bloc's four largest economies now suffering persistent negative growth. Could the Continent's pursuit of austerity be backfiring? German commentators believe the answer is yes.
The German economy is still growing, but only barely. Here, the port of Bremerhaven.

The German economy is still growing, but only barely. Here, the port of Bremerhaven.

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-- Charles Hawley