Germany more than doubled its economic growth rate in the first quarter of 2016, following a boost to domestic consumption that may have derived from the European Central Bank (ECB)'s expansionary monetary policy.
On Friday, Germany's Federal Statistical Office reported that the economy expanded by 0.7 percent in the first quarter of the year, quarter-on-quarter.
By comparison, the German economy grew by only 0.3 percent in the final three months of last year.
German politicians such as Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble have vehemently criticized the ECB's use of unconventional policies to boost growth and inflation in the euro zone. But these policies that may lie behind the country's economic acceleration, a Frankfurt-based senior economist said on Friday.