In a speech at the London School of Economics, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner addressed concerns about Germany’s economic health. Despite being characterized by some economists as “the sick man of Europe,” Lindner rejected this notion, acknowledging that the country is in need of structural reforms to improve its competitiveness.
Lindner compared Germany’s situation to that of the British economy, which is also experiencing a downturn. He emphasized the need for Germany to reduce red tape, attract workers into the labor market, and mobilize private investment. He also advocated for a single capital market for private investment in the EU, rather than relying on subsidies in the long term.
Germany’s economy, which is the largest in Europe, struggled last year due to factors such as high energy costs, weak global orders, and record-high interest rates. This led some economists to characterize Germany as “the sick man of Europe.” Despite this, Germany’s economic growth is projected to remain below the average for advanced economies in 2024.
Overall, Lindner stressed that while Germany’s economy is healthy, it is not in the best shape. He emphasized the need for structural reforms to strengthen the country’s competitiveness and position in Europe.