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Economic growth in Europe is likely to remain slow in the first months of 2015 as The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for the Euro Area is not picking up speed. Strong recoveries of the Spanish and UK economies are being offset by sluggish performance in Italy and France, while growth in Germany remains moderate. The slow recovery in employment and investment is especially concerning, as it results in an erosion of potential output, which reflects the economy’s long-term potential. Both monetary and fiscal policy options provide drawbacks for investment in 2015.