German Finance Minister Christian Lindner recently spoke at the London School of Economics, addressing the state of the German economy and rejecting the notion of being labeled “the sick man of Europe”. Despite being Europe’s largest economy, Germany underperformed its large euro zone peers in the previous year due to factors such as high energy costs, lackluster global orders, and record-high interest rates.
According to data from the IMF, German economic growth is projected to fall below the average for advanced economies in 2024, with a growth rate of 0.9% compared to a 1.4% average among peers. Lindner believes that structural reforms are necessary for Germany to improve its competitiveness and boost economic growth. He proposes reducing red tape, encouraging increased labor market participation, and mobilizing private investment within the country.
In addition to these reforms, Lindner advocates for a single capital market for private investment across the EU instead of relying on subsidies. He believes that this would provide greater economic stability compared to extended subsidy payments. Overall, Lindner’s message was clear: Germany needs structural reforms to regain its competitive edge and achieve sustainable economic growth.