Germany’s robust economy is being blamed for the EU’s economic imbalance, says an NPR Planet Money report.
The country’s GDP is growing because of increasing exports in machinery, electronics and automobiles; in fact, Germany’s economy itself is imbalanced as it’s exporting more than it’s importing.
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However, Germany’s strength is an issue for other EU countries because Germany isn’t spending its money to boost the European economy. Germans value thriftiness, and this comes at a cost to the EU, says NPR.
The European Commission has issued a warning to Germany that says it will be fined if it doesn’t do something to solve its economic imbalance.
Listen to the story here.