Last year, general government debt in Germany was back below 80% of gross domestic product (GDP) for the first time since 2009. General government debt as defined in the Maastricht Treaty fell by €14 billion to €2.15 trillion at the end of 2013. Thus, the level of debt in relation to GDP decreased from 81.0% in 2012 to 78.4%. Since the debt and financial market crisis began, support measures in favour of domestic financial institutions and for euro-area countries had driven up the German debt level. The decline in debt which has now been recorded was attributable, above all, to a reduction in risk assets at bad banks.