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Prolonged German downturn could prompt stimulus rethink

BERLIN (Reuters) – The last thing the faltering European economy would appear to need right now is a sudden downturn in Germany, hitherto the bloc’s pillar of strength.

But a bout of German weakness may be precisely what is required to convince Angela Merkel to loosen the fiscal reins at home and provide Europe with a dose of stimulus that struggling states like France and Italy have long been seeking.

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      "I run the Reuters news operations for Germany, Austria and Switzerland based in Berlin, and write regularly about German politics and European economic issues. I've reported from over 20 countries for Reuters since joining in the mid-1990s, including stints in Paris, London and New York."
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