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Rousseff complains German chancellor Merkel “listens to nobody”

Monday, November 14th 2011 - 06:58 UTC
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The two leaders at the recent Cannes G20 summit    The two leaders at the recent Cannes G20 summit

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff criticized German chancellor Angela Merkel for her refusal to receive suggestions as to how face the global crisis and on specific issues such as youth unemployment.

Angela Merkel “…listens to nobody” when elaborating “a plan to overcome global economic and financial turbulences”, complained president Rousseff according to reports in the Sao Paulo media.

Ten days ago the two leaders met privately in the framework of the G20 summit in Cannes hosted by French president Nicholas Sarkozy.

During the summit President Rousseff proposed the creation of a world rescue program to help indigence similar to that implemented in Brazil, under the name of “Family Bag” and which basically supports 12 million Brazilian families since 2003.

On her return from France the president in an official speech said that Brazil could be taken as “an example” for such global challenges since the country continues committed to a “growth and wealth distribution” policy as an official strategy to impede that the effects of the crisis impact on Brazil that in 2011 is expected to grow 3.2% according to private estimates compared to the up 7% of last year.

Ms Rousseff said she openly disagrees with governments from the rich countries which are committed to adjustment plans that create further unemployment, particularly among the young population frustrating whole generations.

Both leaders are known for their strong character and no-nonsense attitude to issues, which have caused difficulties in their ministerial cabinets.

They also share being among the most powerful women in the world according to Forbes: Ms Rousseff is the only Brazilian woman in the list and figures in position 22, while the German leader ranks fourth world-side.

Categories: Politics, Brazil, International.

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  • GeoffWard2

    Rousseff's proposal of a world-wide Bolsa Familia - or basket of social services fundimental provision attached to compulsory education for the young of the families in receipt - will do little or nothing to address the issues in Europe or in the rest of the stressed developed world.

    It will, however, create a GREAT DRAIN of resource from the relatively poorer first world to the absolute poverty of the third world.

    Just how does she think this will get the developed world back on its feet such that third world aid can flow sustainably from profit rather than (cripplingly) from loss?

    Dilma's way leads to a degenerative spiral of 'everybody looses'.

    And does Angela listen to good guidance? Of course.
    It's just that Dilma's advice is, in this case, not well founded.

    Nov 14th, 2011 - 12:35 pm 0
  • ElaineB

    When you look at the German economy and their low unemployment rate, I do not blame them for wanting to preserve it at this time.

    Nov 14th, 2011 - 01:03 pm 0
  • Fido Dido

    As I typed here before, Germany benefits from this crisis. They are the export power in Europe and a low Euro helps the economy, though it hurts the purchasing power of the hard working germans and the germans that are on welfare (that number is high too there).

    German youth, just like the Dutch are getting more frustrated and are willing to leave the country if it's a must and if they can, what is a lost for those nations. Matter fact it's already happening and I don't blame them because I did the same.

    Nov 14th, 2011 - 06:09 pm 0
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