2009 German economy worse since WWII
The government forecasts a 2.25 percent downturn much lower than the previous prediction of 0.2% growth, made in October.
Exports will drop by a predicted 8.9% this year and the jobless rate would climb to an average of 8.4% in 2009, from 7.8% in 2008.
"The German economy is facing this year the greatest challenges since unification [in 1990]. Germany is integrated into the global economy like hardly any other industrialised country," said Germany's economy minister Michael Glos.
German economy faces gloomy 2009
BBC News - 2 hours ago
Germany has predicted that its economy will shrink by 2.25% in 2009, which would be its worst performance in the post-World War II era.
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