Government data shows Japan's output growing 1.7 percent in the first quarter. That's stronger than many economists predicted, and ensured the country avoided slipping into recession.
France's economy minister has warned Italy to respect its financial commitments to the EU under "whichever government." Bruno Le Maire said eurozone stability would otherwise be threatened.
The Chinese government believes that it can become the top tech nation in the world sooner rather than later. Some milestones have already been met with more in sight as China looks to surpass the US, Japan and Korea.
Tokyo and Brussels have agreed a free trade accord, opening up the EU to Japanese cars and Japan to European cheese. Japan's economy meanwhile has recorderd its longest uninterrupted growth since 1994.
Debt-stricken Greece has confirmed its economy expanded last year despite a dip in the country's outbound shipments. The statistics office said growth was attributable to a surge in corporate investment.
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