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Germany out of the woods and heading for full employment, says minister

Thursday, November 25th 2010 - 21:24 UTC
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Economy minister Rainer Bruederle: domestic demand, half of economic growth (Pic DPA) Economy minister Rainer Bruederle: domestic demand, half of economic growth (Pic DPA)

Germany’s Economy minister Rainer Bruederle has given an upbeat assessment of his country's recovery, including the assertion that “full employment will soon be possible”. He said that Germans were “doing well and spending again”, and that domestic consumption was strong.

Data released this week showed German business confidence at a 20-year high. German optimism is in marked contrast with the gloom engulfing some European economies struggling with high debts.

The Euro has fallen by more than three cents against the dollar this week on fears that the Irish debt crisis may spread to other European countries with high budget deficits, such as Portugal and Spain.

The Irish Republic is negotiating with the European Union and the IMF a rescue package expected to be worth about 85 billion Euros.

But despite the fact that many Germans are unhappy they will be contributing the bulk of the bail-out, Mr Bruederle said confidence had returned following the global recession.

“Germans are in an expansionary mood. We're investing again, we're consuming again, people are doing well and people are spending again,” he said.

He added that domestic demand was now contributing more than half of the country's economic growth, while “the council of economic experts says next year 90% of growth will come from the domestic economy”.

This is significant given that Germany is the world's second-largest exporter. Bruederle also said the German job market was in good health.

“There are fewer than three million unemployed now, down from five million. Even the number of long-term unemployed is now decreasing, which has never happened in the past,” he said. “I'm convinced that full employment will soon be possible.”

The German economy grew 0.7% between July and September compared with the Euro zone 0.4% average. This followed record growth of 2.3% in the previous three months.

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  • xbarilox

    “Germany out of the woods and heading for full employment, says minister” hahahahahahaha what is this guy drinking? piss? I love these people like this Rainer Bruederle that say “I've got money, so everything is ok” and what about people that have no money, Sir? We say go to hell to those people? haha what an idiot this Rainer is.

    Nov 25th, 2010 - 10:25 pm 0
  • Zethee

    I don't believe what he's saying, but..

    Wouldn't everyone having jobs in the country mean that everyone in the country has money, Are you an idiot?

    Nov 26th, 2010 - 12:12 am 0
  • NicoDin

    Germany is doing very well compared with the rest of the EU members 3.2% unemployment is amazing compared with Spain 20% or Britain real unemployment rate of 18%.

    “10.6 million people either did not have a job”

    Hey! Germany it is so far the most advanced country in Europe and its current nominal GDP its close to the double of Britain 3.5 trillions.

    While Britain it is struggling to survive advanced Germany is growing and prospering none can deny that.

    Nov 26th, 2010 - 06:05 am 0
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