Thursday, December 18, 2008

Remember When Europe Was Going to Lead the Way?

. Thursday, December 18, 2008

Germany refuses to enact stimulus until after Obama is elected:

Germany will wait to launch its next fiscal stimulus until it has a clearer view of the economic plan of Barack Obama, who is to be sworn in as US president on January 20, say German officials.

Michael Glos, economy minister, said – after a meeting of government officials and business leaders on Sunday night – the government would decide late next month whether to adopt more measures to stimulate the economy, Reuters reported.

That would mean Berlin would not top up its €12bn ($16bn, £10.7bn) growth-boosting package at an extraordinary meeting of leaders of the governing coalition on January 5, as many economists and international leaders had hoped.

“We will probably know what Obama is going to sign before January 20 but I would be surprised if any decision were made on January 5,” said an official before the meeting.


All indications are that Obama plans to enact a large-scale spending program -- probably in between $700bn and $1,000bn -- to boost economic activity in the short run while improving infrastructure in the medium run. The fact that Germany refuses to move until it gets even more specifics signals that America's standing as the leader of the international financial system has not taken such a great hit after all.

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