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EU growth surprises hide clear pattern

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A 0.4% quarterly increase in eurozone GDP, also announced on Wednesday, points to a regional recovery which is real but slow.

THE nations of Europe are often more confusing than Europe as a whole. And three months is a short time for an economy. Those are two lessons from the preliminary first-quarter GDP releases coming out of the Old Continent.

Most of the big economies are not behaving as expected. On