Euro/European Economic Growth

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Euro/European Economic Growth

IMF Director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, sees need for greater European growth. Germany has again proven itself the economic tiger of Europe. It is helping drag much of the continent toward renewed growth. However, translating Germany's economic leadership into the political sphere is proving considerably more complex. Is German political leadership seeing the longer term picture for EU stability and the single currency? Will the Euro survive as one currency or perhaps split into two or ..???


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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund:
“Really I believe that Europe must break with the shackles of slow growth and stop settling for second best. The union has to have a goal which is first best and not always accept second best solutions. That’s the only way to save the social model and fulfill the common European destiny. It has been done before. Let’s do it again. For this, we need movement on a different front.”

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund:
“When I look at the lesson of the recent history of Europe, I think it goes in this direction. When the agenda was driven by the center, things happen: the single market, the monetary union. When the agenda is left to the nations, frankly, things stall.”

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund:
“The only answer for me is more cooperation and greater integration. I think it’s time now to fortify the economic foundation of the union, without which the Euro is still incomplete.”

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund:
“I’m very confident of the possibility of Greece to go back on track, and the government is very bold and has put in place what has to be done. Surprisingly enough, but that’s a very good signal: they didn’t lose the election, which is something important to keep in mind (for politicians at least). The fact that we had this problem and everybody knows that we have some other problems we’re dealing with is something that cannot come back again. Finally, we share a currency that has huge advantages, but at the same time, if we share a currency, we share a constraint.”

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn today (19 November) called on Europe to implement far-reaching reforms in a collaborative effort to restore dynamic and long-lasting economic growth as well as safeguard the European social model.

“Really I believe that Europe must break with the shackles of slow growth and stop settling for second best. The union has to have a goal which is first best and not always accept second best solutions. That’s the only way to save the social model and fulfill the common European destiny. It has been done before. Let’s do it again. For this, we need movement on a different front,” Strauss-Kahn said.

Strauss-Kahn outlined a number of areas for action ranging from fixing the financial sector, which he said “must surely come first” to a “single labor market initiative” and rebalancing growth within Europe. More fundamentally, only a collaborative approach driven by the center can forge the reforms that are needed to secure stability, create jobs, and ensure long-term growth, Strauss-Kahn said.

“When I look at the lesson of the recent history of Europe, I think it goes in this direction. When the agenda was driven by the center, things happen: the single market, the monetary union. When the agenda is left to the nations, frankly, things stall,” Strauss-Kahn said.

Strauss-Kahn told the audience at the Old Opera House in Frankfurt that there is only one way forward.

“The only answer for me is more cooperation and greater integration. I think it’s time now to fortify the economic foundation of the union, without which the Euro is still incomplete,” Strauss-Kahn said.

Turning to Greece, which entered into a program with the IMF in May, Strauss-Kahn said the country has taken some positive steps.

“I’m very confident of the possibility of Greece to go back on track, and the government is very bold and has put in place what has to be done. Surprisingly enough, but that’s a very good signal: they didn’t lose the election, which is something important to keep in mind (for politicians at least). The fact that we had this problem and everybody knows that we have some other problems we’re dealing with is something that cannot come back again. Finally, we share a currency that has huge advantages, but at the same time, if we share a currency, we share a constraint,” said Strauss-Kahn.

Details

Language: English

Year of Production: 2010

Length: 2:30

Country: Germany

Directors:

  • Mo Sacirbey & UNTV

Producers:

  • Muhamed Sacirbey