Current facts and figures for the 3rd quarter of 2013 the first half of 2013 famously ends with the last day of June. The first half of 2013 is thus over. Europe is still marked by upheavals. That is one side. On the other hand, efforts to get the financial and economic crisis in the run.

So far not really succeeded. The issues at stake are extremely diverse and varies in the individual euro countries. The efforts of policy, to pursue effective measures to stimulate the economy are different from the content, its extent and its sustainability and then, whether they are sufficient and targeted questions it. This question arises especially in Italy. The new Government is there for a few weeks in Office. Serious action in terms of economic reform have been identified. Hot diets for deputies or Ministers salaries, as well as the financing of political parties are discussed. Things that completely misses the point.

In the eurozone, GDP is between January and March 2013 decreased (see here). This is the sixth quarter in a row and so far unique in the eurozone. The decline is 0.2 percent. What is the second half of the year, which starts in a few days with the third quarter, to expect. Generally it is assumed that the descent of the private sector in the euro area June slowed some in the month. But nothing more. The recession is not over. A clear example of the sustained downturn offers the car industry in Europe for the current situation. And doing well still the German carmakers, because their products are in demand especially in China and the United States. The auto industry is an industry that is closely linked with many other manufacturers and producers. So among other things with the tire manufacturers and these in turn with other branches of industry.