EU’s economic engine losing steam – study  

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According to the latest German Economic Institute (IW) prediction, Germany’s economic output will contract this year due to sluggish foreign demand, rising interest rates, and a protracted energy crisis.

According to the IW, the economy is in “shock,” with businesses notably hit by geopolitical uncertainty coming from the Ukraine conflict. The shortage and rising prices of raw resources and energy will make German companies and industries “feel the global problems all the more acutely” this year, according to experts.

Slow global commerce and poor demand will result in a lower-than-expected GDP for the EU’s largest economy. According to the research, it is expected to fall by over 0.5% from last year, while unemployment will hit 5.5%.

Inflation has stayed high since the beginning of the year and is expected to continue above 6.5%, putting a damper on consumer spending.

“The government urgently needs to take action to end this economic downturn,” said Professor Michael Gromling, head of the IW’s macroeconomic and Business Cycle Research Unit.

“Lower tax burdens and attractive and un-bureaucratic support for innovation and investment would help companies cope better with the current shocks,” he continued.

Germany’s economic morale has deteriorated as a result of the repercussions of fiscal tightening, such as higher production costs and rising interest rates. Data reveal that investments have grown less appealing for businesses, with the construction sector among the worst-affected. This year, homebuilding investments are predicted to dip by 3%.