The Times - United Kingdom | Monday, May 7, 2012
Europe needs to cut back and grow
After the presidential elections in France and the parliamentary elections in Greece on Sunday the conservative daily The Times calls for a European growth strategy: "There is no way of resolving this crisis except by cutting spending in the short term and creating the conditions for growth. These aims can work against each other, but they are both essential. In particular, because the option of currency devaluation is not open to Eurozone members, the only immediate option is to squeeze domestic costs. At the Europe-wide level this is holding back growth and only adding to the suffering of families unaccustomed to living on handouts. But it does not mean that austerity is the wrong path for individual countries, including Britain. ... EU governments must acknowledge that restoring public finances, while essential, is not enough: they must also create the conditions for growth."
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