Out of Balance? Criticism of Germany Grows as Economy Stalls

The latest indicators suggest Germany's once buzzing economy is beginning to stall. The development has created a serious dilemma for Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Critics say spurring growth is more important than his goal of a balanced budget.
Construction workers at the site of the new European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt. Critics say Germany is doing too little to spur economic growth.

Construction workers at the site of the new European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt. Critics say Germany is doing too little to spur economic growth.

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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has been facing criticism at home and abroad over his conservative fiscal policy.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has been facing criticism at home and abroad over his conservative fiscal policy.

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