Can ECB Help Struggling Euro Zone?

The euro zone's economies thought they were well on the road to recovery. Instead—growth ground to a halt in the second quarter. Germany's economy shrank and France's stagnated for the second successive quarter. The French government admitted it would miss its budget deficit target this year. Italy also slid back into recession for the third time since 2008. But the German numbers are most worrying for economists—and politicians.

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