Pledges for the reconstruction of Gaza have been made at an international meeting in Cairo. There were also renewed calls for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
As dark clouds are gathering over the German economy, calls are mounting for the government to spend more. DW's Manuela Kasper-Claridge spoke to senior economist Marcel Fratzscher about ways out of the growth slump.
Finance ministers from the world's largest economies are planning major infrastructure projects, part of a bid to boost the global economy. The US criticized Germany's thriftiness, yet France was punished for its debts.
The IMF has called for decisive measures to bolster flagging economic growth worldwide. But Germany's finance minister has warned against alarmist predictions about a slide back into recession.
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