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Germany more than 2 trillion euro in red

27 December 2011, 19:58 CET
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(FRANKFURT) - Germany, Europe's biggest economy, had debt totalling 2.028 trillion euros ($2.65 trillion) at the end of the third quarter of this year, according to provisional official data published on Tuesday.

That represents a fractional increase of 0.5 percent or 10.4 billion euros over the figure recorded for the end of the second quarter, the national statistics office said in a statement.

The lion's share of the debt, or 1.289 trillion euros, was attributable to the federal government, while the regional states had debt totalling 610 billion euros and the municipal authorities had debt of 129 billion euros.

The total figure represents more than 80 percent of Germany's gross domestic product of 2.5 trillion euros in 2010, way above the 60-percent ceiling laid down by the European Union.

Nevertheless, the German debt ratio is better than many other eurozone countries. Italy's, for example, stands at 120 percent, and the eurozone average at more than 85 percent.

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germany in debt....

Posted by Demir Arabaci at 28 December 2011, 01:54 CET

In my old country we have an old fable that goes something like this:
An old man has a donkey. He depends on that animal for his livelyhood. It is mid winter and there is no more hay left and the donkey is on it's last legs (just like the euro zone). What does he do?
He makes a promise to the donkey saying "Please don't die my dear donkey, when the summer arrives I will harvest fresh oats for you".
Germany better hope that the summer will arrive very soon.

germany in debt....

Posted by Stoyan Antonov at 01 January 2012, 21:39 CET
... Germany has been through much more difficult times, but there are some 6 million Turks there, so why don't you tell them your monkey story, and if Germany fails, what will happen with Turks and Turkey and even with Greece, Poland..etc. Even without being EU member Turkey is getting close to billion euros per year, and Turkish immigrants send more, and who copied say TELEFUNKEN etc. Meanwhile, this article here is incomplete - as UK debt is the highest in the world - some 165-170 % of GDP