The German economy crashed at the end of last year as the crisis in the eurozone spread to the heart of the region.
Official figures from Eurostat showed the eurozone economy shrank by 0.6 per cent in the final quarter of 2012, the Daily Mail reports.
It was the worst reading since early 2009 and marked the first time that the region has failed to grow in a year since the introduction of the single currency.
The eurozone economy is likely to remain in recession for most of 2013, although very small growth is expected to return later in the year
The four biggest countries in the eurozone - Germany, France, Italy and Spain - all suffered a major contraction.
‘They're pretty awful figures,' said Neil Mellor, a strategist at Bank of New York Mellon.
The French economy declined 0.3 per cent between October and December.
But the downturn in Germany was even worse with the region's powerhouse suffering a 0.6 per cent slump.
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