The flat reading underlines the challenge facing the broader eurozone economy as it struggles against headwinds from the U.S-China trade dispute and Britain's departure from the European Union.
The setback means the eurozone was expanding at its slowest pace since early 2013 when its economy was gripped by the sovereign debt crisis.
Germany's state statistics agency said Friday there was zero growth in the fourth quarter and a mediocre 0.6% increase for the whole year.
If the number of new cases continues to decline it will mean the likely effect on annual global growth will be much smaller, which will boost United States dollars further.
Germany's troubles are a central problem for the 19-nation eurozone and the European Central Bank, which is trying to stimulate flagging growth and inflation with negative interest rates and bond purchases with newly printed money.
Germany continues to be a manufacturing and export victor in the past several years but these regions have been slow. Consumer spending and services businesses have held up better and kept the country out of recession.
Another factor causing the stagnation is connected to structural shift in the business, especially the automobile business: companies should invest billions to creating electric automobiles and new solutions based on smartphone programs, both to fulfill regulatory pressure for reduced greenhouse gas emissions and also to go off competition from new entrants from the tech sector.
Then came the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
"At least for the first quarter, there are signs of a noticeable slowdown in the Chinese, and thus also the global economy as a effect of the coronavirus".
Europe's engine room failed to grow on the quarter for the second time in a year while it was revealed last month that France and Italy's economies both contracted in the final three months of the year.
Carsten Brzeski, chief economist at ING Germany, stated recent expects to get a small upswing was looking somewhat premature now.
"The development of foreign trade slowed down the economic activity in the fourth quarter", Destatis said.