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2012 OECD Economic Surveys: Germany 2012

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OECD's 2012 Economic Survey of Germany examines recent economic developments, policies and prospsects as well as a more detailed look at labour market reforms and climate change policies.

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Assessment and recommendations

Following a rapid and forceful recovery from the deep recession – pre-crisis real GDP was reached again in the second quarter of 2011 – growth has slowed and the outlook has weakened considerably. First, this reflects a moderation of growth rates from their cyclical highs towards their lower potential rates, indicating that the prior upswing was mainly a cyclical one. Second, this slowing is reinforced by a generalised slowing of the world economy, unusually high uncertainty and business confidence that is declining from high levels.

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