Slowing German economy must raise investment
If you have studied the economic importance of capital investment as part of your macroeconomics, then this short article on the German economy (Europe's biggest but experiencing weaker economic growth) will be of interest.
The German Finance Minister wants the ratio of investment to GDP to start climbing again with infrastructure projects at the forefront of his mind. But how best to finance this when the German priority is to control government debt?
Here is another relevant article from the Guardian:
As cracks in its economy widen, is Germany’s miracle about to fade?
Like many advanced economies, much existing infrastructure is ageing and causing structural problems for businesses and households alike.
"Forty per cent of all bridges and a fifth of the motorway network are said to be in a “critical state”, causing traffic jams and delays up and down the country."
Investment spending as a % share of GDP
You can download some data on Germany by heading to Google Public data and the latest figures from the IMF's October 2014 World Economic Outlook
Gross Government Debt (% of GDP)