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Euro area to get back half what it’s spending on war fallout – ECB

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Euro zone countries are spending more than they will get back to cushion the economic hit from the Ukraine war via fuel subsidies and other support measures, the European Central Bank said on Tuesday, telling governments to use their cash more efficiently. The 19 countries that share the euro approved support measures worth 0.9% of their gross domestic product, predominantly on measures to offset a surge in energy prices. But this should only increase euro area GDP growth by about 0.4 percentage points this year and reduce inflation by slightly less than that, mainly via …

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