Romania recorded its highest annual real GDP growth since the global recession of 2007-08, reaching 8.6% in Q3 2017. Even though the country has been consistently among the overachievers in the EU in terms of economic growth in the past years, this development has surprised experts which were projecting figures close to the Q2 performance (5.9%).
As of August, the countries that are running the biggest deficits are Italy (-414.2bn EUR) and Spain (-384.4bn EUR) - an amount that roughly mirrors the TARGET2 claims of Germany (852.5bn EUR). The roots of Italy's imbalance can be traced to the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone, when foreign investors have cut their exposure to Italian bonds. Other factors also weigh in, especially the ECB's quantitative easing (QE) program which has prompted Italians to decrease their holdings of the country's bonds in favour of higher-yielding foreign assets.
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