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Bumpy German roads ominous for economy

Merkel's pursuit of a 'balanced budget' has resulted in disrepair of roads and bridges which may jeopardise the country's growth prospects


For SMS Siemag AG, a pothole isn't just a pothole.

The maker of metal-processing plants, which ships products around the world, says damaged bridges make getting them from its headquarters in Hilchenbach, Germany, to harbours such as Hamburg or Antwerp the hardest part.