[BRUSSELS] Eurozone economic growth ground to a halt in the second quarter as Germany's economy shrank and France's stagnated.
The zero growth reported by statistics agency Eurostat yesterday was cause for alarm throughout the 18-nation region, which is already bracing for the impact of sanctions imposed on and by Russia over Ukraine.
Germany, Europe's largest economy, contracted by 0.2 per cent in the quarter, undercutting Bundesbank forecasts that gross domestic product would be unchanged.
Foreign trade and investment were notable weak spots, the German Statistics Office said yesterday.
"Today's figures show that the upturn remains too weak to withstand external shocks" - such as the Russian sanctions...