Is Germany leading a European economic recovery?
The German economy grew by 2.2% in the three months to the end of June, its fastest quarterly growth in more than 20 years, while the French economy grew by 0.6% in the quarter. Is this a sign of recovery for Europe?
The Spanish economy, meanwhile, grew by 0.2% in the second quarter, compared with growth of 0.1% in the previous three months, its National Statistics Institute said.
Growth figures for the rest of the eurozone will be published later.
The German statistics agency, Destatis, says its numbers can partly be explained by a sustained period of export growth, as Germany's manufacturing sector begins to recover the markets it lost in 2009.
Are you in Germany? Do you think this is a sign of recovery for Europe's economies? How encouraging are the figures? Will it help to alleviate some of the pressure on the eurozone?
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