Germany could be set to face the worst recession in its history, an economic research group forecast Wednesday, Dec. 10. The announcement comes after the World Bank predicted a sharper global downturn. The Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI), a leading German economic research organization, said in a statement that Germany, Europe's largest economy, would see gross domestic product (GDP) shrink 2 percent next year. In September, RWI had forecast growth of 0.7 percent in Germany for 2009, but downscaled this prediction after factoring in recent events in world-wide financial sectors. "The reasoning is that the financial crisis is taking a wider toll on the economy than previously anticipated," the Essen-based group said http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,3863212,00.html Or to say it in the words of "honorable" ECB council member Weber Policy makers at the ECB may need to raise borrowing costs once the economic outlook ``brightens'' toward the end of the year and next year, said Weber, who heads Germany's Bundesbank.