Michael Probst, file, Associated Press
FILE - The March 7, 2012 file photo shows a shovel and a jackhammer stand near the Euro sculpture in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Europe is searching for a growth motor. Unemployment and manufacturing figures on Monday, April 2, 2012 underlined an increasingly shaky growth story, as a key index of industrial activity strongly suggested Europe is already in an official recession after shrinking 0.2 percent in the last three months of 2011.

ANYONE GOT AN IDEA?: Europe is searching for something to get growth going again and pull the eurozone's heavily indebted countries out of their troubles — but with little luck.

THE PROBLEM: Unemployment and manufacturing indicators suggest the 17 countries that use the euro are headed for an official recession. But many traditional tools to stimulate growth — government spending, tax cuts and lower central bank interest rates — are off the table.

THE OUTLOOK: Short-term answers are scarce. The debt crisis hitting the eurozone means governments can no longer spend their way out of a downturn. They are making austerity cuts. Structural reforms could help but may take years to show results.