BRUSSELS (AFP) - Economic growth across Europes core euro currency zone surged past retreating US levels, hitting 1.0 percent between April and June this year, the European Union said on Friday. Driven by Germany posting its best quarterly growth since its 1990 reunification, Europes main stock markets bounced upwards with recovery also gathering pace in Britain and France despite Greece slipping deeper into recession. Growth across the United States slid back to just 0.6 percent in the second quarter of 2010, having touched 0.9 percent in the first three months of the year, whereas Europe had barely managed 0.2 percent growth up to March. The acceleration was matched across the 27 EU nations as a whole, the worlds biggest market and home to half a billion people, thanks to the stellar growth of 2.2pc in Germany, and Britain also rising sharply to 1.1pc. Germany was playing in a league of its own, said ING senior economist Carsten Brzeski, with Julian Callow of Barclays Capital predicting growth of three percent or even slightly more for 2010 as a whole. Compared to the same period of 2009, European growth measured a very healthy 1.7 percent, with only Greece among the 18 member states for which data was available stuck in recession, its contraction worsening to 1.5 percent. Meanwhile the Baltic nations of Estonia and Lithuania, both hard hit by the twin pincer of the global financial crisis and subsequent worldwide downturn, each exited recession, with only Swedens recovery slowing, although it still logged a 1.2 percent improvement. The EU also released data showing the eurozones global trade balance powering back into the black in June, with a 2.4-billion-euro surplus after a heavy deficit in May again thanks to Germany, which posted a bumper national surplus of 60.2b euros over the preceding five months.