On Wednesday, a group of leading economic think tanks released their six-month “collective diagnosis” of the German economy for the start of 2024. The report, entitled “Germany’s economy in trouble – debt brake reform not a panacea,” revised its growth forecast for 2024 from 1.2% to almost stagnation, at 0.1% for the year. The report emphasized that the German economy is currently in a difficult state, with the phase of economic weakness still continuing and the forces of growth disappearing. Both economic and structural factors are overlapping, contributing to the sluggish overall economic development.

The German government, in cooperation with leading economic institutes including DIV in Berlin, IfV in Kiel, IVH in Halle, RVI in Essen and Ifo in Munich, also revised its economic forecasts downwards. There is a warning of the likelihood of entering a technical recession by the end of the first quarter of 2024, following a contraction in German GDP of 0.3% year-on-year in the last quarter of 2023. One factor that has contributed to the economic challenges in recent months has been frequent strikes affecting rail networks and air traffic in Germany. These strikes led to cancellations of flights and trains and had negative effects on other sectors. However, a major labor dispute between national rail operator Deutsche Bahn and train drivers’ union GDL was resolved earlier this week after months of negotiations. Despite these challenges, there are hopes for mild growth as consumers regain purchasing power and reforms are implemented to address economic weaknesses.

The report stressed that consumers will be key to Germany’s economic recovery as inflation falls and wages rise in many sectors. The group recommended that policymakers focus on addressing structural issues such as labor market policies to support job creation and increase productivity while also implementing fiscal measures such as tax cuts or increased public spending to stimulate demand.

Overall, while there is hope for an improvement in Germany’s economy soon, it will take time for significant progress to be made given ongoing structural challenges such as high levels of debt and low productivity growth.

In conclusion, Germany’s economy remains under pressure due to various factors such as high debt levels

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