(Bloomberg) -- Happy Friday, Europe. Here’s the latest news and analysis from Bloomberg Economics to help get your day started and send you into the weekend:

  • That German manufacturing slump joins a slew of negative data across the globe, showing the weight of slower trade flows and a broader downturn in demand, while the French finance minister says he’s worried about an Italian recession
  • Glass half full. Trade watchers are hoping for better news out of U.S.-China talks as President Donald Trump is set to meet China’s lead trade negotiator Friday in Washington, though China economists are less upbeat about being able to stop the U.S. tariff increases
  • Guessing games. Bank of Canada’s chief said the interest-rate path is “highly uncertain” even as rates eventually need to turn higher
  • Big toolbox. China’s central bank is signaling more “targeted” stimulus as a preferred option
  • Budgetary scolding. In a rare rebuke of fiscal policy overseas, Australia’s central bank chief warned the U.S. about its lack of fiscal discipline
  • Deflation watch. Malaysia’s consumer prices declined for the first time since 2009, while Japan’s rose fractionally

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