G20 Headache

Merkel Against the World

Preparing for a display of German strength at the G20 summit in Australia.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Germany is considered Europe’s growth engine. World leaders are pushing for the continent’s largest economy to do more to stem the slide.

  • Facts


    • Germany’s economy grew by just 0.1 percent in the third quarter of this year after contracting 0.1 percent in the second quarter.
    • The G20’s leaders will set a target of increasing global growth by 2 percent in five years.
    • German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble recently announced a €10 billion investment package to take effect in 2016.
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For German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a trip to New Zealand on Friday will be the only relaxing part of her weekend journey to the land down under.

Ms. Merkel and Prime Minister John Key traveled to Motutapu Island to visit a sanctuary for kiwis, the national symbol of New Zealand. She released a female kiwi bird into the wild.

It was a little diversion before the chancellor continued on to Australia, where she was to be confronted by global leaders who are expected to be far less welcoming. The leaders of the world’s 20 leading industrialized nations and emerging economies are meeting in Brisbane this weekend for the latest G20 summit.

It’s looking again like it will be Ms. Merkel against the world.

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