Germany is doing well economically. In the rest of Europe, especially in the south, things look different: sluggish growth, mountains of debt and growing nationalism.
The National Bureau of Statistics said that while growth has slowed, it still managed to remain relatively steady. Beijing has decided to focus on consumer spending to ride out a trade spat with the United States.
Italy has the highest national debt in the EU. But the populist government in Rome wants to increase fresh borrowing to finance costly campaign promises, despite resistance from eurozone peers.
'Global Partners for Global Challenges' is the theme of the two-day summit in Brussels. Ministers from China, Japan and Russia have made the trip to reaffirm support for multilateral cooperation.
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