In a speech at the London School of Economics, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner addressed concerns about Germany’s economic health. Despite some economists characterizing Germany as “the sick man of Europe,” Lindner rejected this notion and acknowledged that the country needs structural reforms to improve its competitiveness.
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 to slow economic growth projected to remain below the average for advanced economies in 2024. Lindner compared Germany’s situation to that of the British economy, which is also experiencing a downturn.
To address these challenges, Lindner emphasized the need for Germany to reduce red tape, attract workers into the labor market, and mobilize private investment. He advocated for a single capital market for private investment in the EU rather than relying on subsidies in the long term.
Overall, Lindner stressed that while Germany’s economy is healthy, it is not in optimal shape. He emphasized the need for structural reforms to strengthen the country’s competitiveness and position in Europe.