Antwerp builds the world's largest lock
12 August 2013 Last updated at 10:23 BST
The countries of the euro currency zone may have shown some early signs of recovery. But have they really reached a turning point?
The Port of Antwerp is betting millions on a new riverside gateway to improve its position as an inland logistics hub serving 140 million Europeans.
Things are dire in southern Europe, but business in northern Europe seems to be picking up.
Nigel Cassidy reports.