Mario Draghi

Eurozone poised for higher growth in first quarter

With a heated debate raging over the merits of the European Central Bank's stimulus measures, it's been easy to overlook the fact that the eurozone economy has been growing steadily for a couple of years now — and looks poised to keep expanding in 2016.

Policymakers at the ECB, which have recently had to defend their stimulus policies against criticism from German politicians, will be hoping that a raft of economic figures due Friday show that their measures are bearing fruit.

As well as inflation and unemployment figures, the European Union's statistic agency will release a preliminary estimate of quarterly growth across the 19-country single currency bloc during...