G8: World Economy Fragile


The G8 economic summit leaders remain concerned that the world economy is fragile:

G-8 Says Economic Recovery Too Weak to Withdraw Stimulus Effort
By Helene Fouquet and James G. Neuger

July 9 (Bloomberg) — Group of Eight leaders said the economic recovery from the steepest recession since World War II was too fragile for them to consider reversing efforts to pump money into the economy.

President Barack Obama pressed for the door to remain open to more stimulus measures as a renewed stock-market drop stirred concern that $2 trillion spent worldwide so far hasn’t jolted consumers and businesses back to life.

“The G-8 needed to sound a second wakeup call for the world economy,” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told reporters yesterday in L’Aquila, Italy, after the opening sessions of the leaders’ annual gathering. “There are warning signals about the world economy that we cannot ignore.”…

IMF Forecasts

The International Monetary Fund echoed that skepticism, upgrading its 2010 growth forecast while saying the rebound will be “sluggish” and urging governments to stay the economic- stimulus course.

Emerging countries like China will lead the way, expanding 4.7 percent next year, the IMF said yesterday, up from an April prediction of 4 percent. The Washington-based lender forecast growth of 0.6 percent in the advanced economies, up from expectations of stagnation.

“It’s a very volatile situation,” European Commission President Jose Barroso said in a Bloomberg Television interview in L’Aquila. “We are not yet out of the crisis, but it seems now that the free fall is over.”

In the U.S., a jump in the jobless rate to a 26-year-high of 9.5 percent in June and a 6.9 percent drop in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index in the past month raised questions whether Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package is turning the world’s largest economy around.

Democrats in Congress are split over whether to spend more, adding to a deficit that the IMF puts at 13.6 percent of gross domestic product in 2009, the highest since World War II.

‘Potentially Counterproductive’

Obama straddled the issue yesterday, telling ABC News that spending more borrowed money is “potentially counterproductive.”

A G-8 statement yesterday embraced options ranging from the second U.S. stimulus package some lawmakers and economists are advocating to Germany’s emphasis on shifting the focus to deficit reduction…

Bank bailouts and recession-fighting measures will explode the debt of the advanced economies to at least 114 percent of gross domestic product in 2014, the IMF forecasts.

‘Exit Strategy’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the leading opponent of additional stimulus, pushing through a statement at last month’s European Union summit that called for “a reliable and credible exit strategy.”

Merkel, campaigning for reelection in September, has warned against billowing budget deficits, which will rise in the EU to an average of 6 percent of GDP in 2009 from 2.3 percent last year, the EU forecasts.

“We have to get back on course with a sustainable budget, but with the emphasis on when the crisis is over,” Merkel said.

The 16-nation euro economy has shown some signs of resilience since shrinking 2.5 percent in the first quarter, the most since the currency’s birth in 1999. While measures of business confidence, manufacturing and services have ticked up, job cuts by companies from Austrian Airlines AG to ThyssenKrupp AG pushed up unemployment to 9.5 percent in May, a 10-year high.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper occupied the middle ground, saying the first priority is to spend wisely what has already been committed…

Russia, a G-8 member generally classified as an “emerging” economy, also believes that exit strategies “have to be developed already now,” said Andrei Bokarev, a Russian official. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601080&sid=a6oirZcecvoE

Notice that while the USA wants to increase debt, the Germans do not.  The reality is that the shake-up of the current world economy will ultimately end up with the USA no longer on the top.

The Bible, as most regular readers of this page are aware, has long taught:

And the borrower is servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7).

Those who increase debt will find that they no longer are true leaders.

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