The Great Recession of 2008/09 delivered the worst blow to the global economy since the 1930s. But in a few nations, 2012 is turning out to be worse than 2009 in terms of economic growth. Europe's debt crisis, the general slowing of the world economy, and domestic political troubles have played a role in undercutting 2012 growth for one or more of these four nations. Can you guess who they are?
Should economic growth warrant a policy change, Federal Reserve officials may begin scaling back its stimulus in the near future. Some analysts are unsurprised, noting that the alternative would be indefinite postponement.
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