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

  • Euro area governments could boost the region’s economy by as much as 1.5% -- or next to nothing -- depending on how they spend a groundbreaking stimulus package, according to European Central Bank research
  • The U.K. estimates about 300,000 people will leave Hong Kong for Britain under a new special visa. Meanwhile, the Chinese territory faces a tough road ahead after a record slump
  • In the battle against Covid-19, governments around the globe are on the cusp of becoming more indebted than at any point in modern history, surpassing even World War II
  • The U.K.’s five main business lobby groups said British companies face “substantial” post-Brexit difficulties in trading with the European Union
  • U.S. economic growth moderated to 4% in the last quarter of 2020
  • New U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen faces a “currency war” redux as she rejects a return to traditional strong-dollar policy
  • At least one-fifth of Oxford Street, London’s main shopping thoroughfare, will be “boarded up with no hope of recovery” when the latest lockdown ends, according to an influential lobby group
  • Belt tightening in China is holding back consumer spending, Bloomberg Economics analysis shows
  • The Bank of Japan’s board is seen to be mulling ways to allow more yield moves. Meanwhile, a drop in Japan’s factory output underscores a weakening recovery
  • For the first time in 30 years Taiwan’s gross domestic product probably grew faster than China’s, due to its early control of the virus and stellar export performance

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