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Slower Growth in Euro Core Led to ECB Forecast Cuts: Asmussen

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Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- European Central Bank Executive Board member Joerg Asmussen said slowing growth in Germany and other “core euro-area countries” led the central bank to cut its growth forecast.

“Weaker growth prospects in core euro-area countries including Germany, France and the Netherlands led to the downward correction of the economic forecasts,” Asmussen said in a speech in Frankfurt today. “All euro member states are called on to implement reforms.”

“Even in Germany, reforms are very much needed,” he said. “One cannot sit back. If we don’t undertake reforms today, in 5-10 years we will once more be the sick man of Europe.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Jeff Black in Frankfurt at jblack25@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Craig Stirling at cstirling1@bloomberg.net