German economy edges out of recession

0.5 per cent growth recorded in the first quarter.

German GDP rose 0.5 per cent in the first quarter, returning the German economy to growth, and showing it has grown by 1.7 per cent from a year ago.

The French economy, meanwhile, recorded zero growth in the first three months of the year, and figures released later today are expected to show the eurozone as a whole has returned to recession.

The German figures were well ahead of those forecast, and show that Germany has avoided a double-dip recession. German analysts Destatis said that a rise in exports and higher domestic consumption had given the economy a boost, and had offset a decline in investment. 

Car makers are benefitting from demand in growing markets like China, and falling unemployment and rising wages are helping domestic demand. Economists hope that the change in direction in Germany will help drive the eurozone out of recession.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.