VIENNA (Reuters) – It is unclear whether Germany's recent economic setbacks are a one-time or more lasting phenomenon caused by structural problems, particularly in the automotive sector, said the head of the European Central Bank, Ewald Nowotny, in a statement released Saturday. According to new emission control standards, German car construction contracted in the third quarter, causing overall economic growth in negative territory and fears that growth in Europe, five years old, would ends prematurely.The Bundesbank announced in a monthly economic report Last month, it was possible that the slowdown in the dominant German automotive sector would take longer than expected, which would weigh on the growth of the largest economy in the euro area . "The most important economic issue for Europe is knowing whether there are any ad hoc downturns or structural factors behind them," said Nowotny, a member of the Governing Council of the ECB, in an interview with the Austrian newspaper Der Standard "We fear that lasting changes, especially in the automotive industry, do affect Germany," said Nowotny, governor of the Austrian National Bank, in a report published by the Bundesbank. Last month, while a rapid rebound in the auto sector was expected, new data disappointed these hopes. He added that the recession was exacerbated by a general deterioration of the climate and uncertainty about the future of diesel cars while cities were considering bans. Reduce the pollution. "What I find particularly troubling are psychological factors.The whole discussion about diesel, combined with the problems of the auto industry, increases uncertainty," said Mr. Nowotny. "If people delay the # The purchase of a car for only a year will cause a considerable drop in demand, and the consequences would be dramatic and long-lasting if the export-oriented economy and machinery collapsed structurally. Germany could become vulnerable, "he said. (Report by Francois Murphy, edited by William Maclean)