The Ukrainian economy was already stagnating long before the political upheaval. Because of the conflict with Russia, Ukraine is now losing its most important trading partner, while its obsolete industry is strongly reliant on foreign investments.
Gross domestic product (GDP) figures may continue to be released like clockwork every quarter, but they increasingly provide an incomplete picture of economic activity, argues Swiss economist Thomas Straubhaar.
Germany's statistics office has said the German state last year logged the highest annual surplus since the country reunited in 1990. The result came on the back of record-low unemployment and low interest rates.
German satirical magazine "Titanic" managed to trick German tabloid "Bild" into publishing what it considered to be a major political scandal. Now, the hoax has given away to a larger debate on media ethics.
For years, investment in digital infrastructure has been urged in Germany, with business leaders saying the country risks being left behind. But is Europe’s powerhouse really so unprepared for the digital revolution?
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