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German economic growth forecasts slashed over trade war fears

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Staff Writer | June 19, 2018
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Germany   The global economic risks have risen significantly

Germany's economy is expected to grow more slowly in the coming years due to the risks around a euro crisis sparked by Italy and a potential trade war with the U.S.

The Ifo Institute slashed its gross domestic product growth forecasts for 2018 to 1.8% from its previous estimate of 2.6%, which will represent a slowing from the 2.2% GDP growth in 2017.

For 2019, the Ifo cut its forecast to 1.8% from 2.1%.

"The economy developed significantly more weakly than anticipated in the first few months of the year," Ifo economist Timo Wollmershaeuser said.

"The global economic risks have risen significantly," he added.


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