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Germany’s economy has bottomed out and is set for modest growth in 2010, although unemployment could rise without a quick recovery in the global economy, journalists from the country told a recent symposium in Tokyo.

Europe’s largest economy has suffered severely from the global financial crisis because of its heavy dependence on exports, but the nation will likely continue to be driven by its “classical industries” — like automobiles, chemicals and mechanical engineering — in the coming years, they said.

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