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Monday, January 9, 2012

The New Debate In Europe: How To Jumpstart The Economy?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, stand next to each other during a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday. (AP)

Even as the debt crisis continues to grow in Europe, the debate there has shifted. At a conference in Berlin Monday, the leaders of France and Germany said that boosting growth in the European economy is a priority, and that growth is crucial to resolve the debt crisis that has thrown the Euro’s future into doubt.

But the debate on how to achieve that growth echoes the political debate in the U.S. — Germany insists on severe austerity measures in failing economies like Greece, while some economists and policy makers say spending is needed to grow the economy.


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  • Dan Mulligan

    You do listeners very little service by having a segment on economics that is reduced to one line answers with little explanation or analysis.  The subject is complex and deserves more. While I’m sure Prof. Johnson understands the vast difference between Ireland and Greece, it certainly did not come through.  Further treating the austerity vs. stimulus argument as if there is a valid argument on both sides may sound fair but it is surely not good economics.  

  • Robert Long View

    The Austrian School is alive and well in America led by the
    wealthy U.S. 1 % of our austerity movement.  And it is a governance problem that began with
    Reagan’s deregulation of U.S. gov’t.  

    Back in the day some called it Voo-Doo Economics.  Republicans set the U.S. on this course of underfunding
    gov’t programs.   America does not have the political will to do better today. 

    So it’s not Greek — it’s really very simple ((Generally Accepted
    Accounting Principles) Debit + Credit Math) — Politicians playing out their divide
    and conquer strategy.  The Cowboys rode
    their horse into the ground.   

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