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Most Germans don't credit politicians for recovery

The Local · 31 Oct 2010, 11:26

Published: 31 Oct 2010 11:26 GMT+01:00

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An Emnid survey taken for the Bild am Sonntag newspaper found that 63 percent pointed to "the world economy in general" as the main reason for Germany's better-than-expected economic recovery.

Only 28 percent said that government policy was to thank for the situation. But 49 percent of supporters of the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) believed the current government's policies were responsible.

The people surveyed also gave much more credit to Germany's companies and employees than the government. Some 54 percent credited the workers, while 50 percent credited the companies.

Only 22 percent gave any credit to the job market reforms known as 'Agenda 2010' introduced by former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder in the early part of the decade. Among Schröder's Social Democratic Party supporters, however, 40 percent said his reforms were the main reason for today's success.

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11:47 October 31, 2010 by adipk
ya its true. i believe in in this news. if i look back, i found only few efforts (may be not for recovery).
12:18 October 31, 2010 by storymann
I believe in giving credit where credit is due,,Germany has a strong and sound fiscal policy.Germany manufactures quality not Chinese junk and there is a strong market for quality. The average German is far less in debt than their counterparts in the rest of Europe and especially in the USA. Giving credit to the people is justified.
18:11 October 31, 2010 by grazhdanin
what crisis?
21:52 November 1, 2010 by Deutschguy
It was all government. Had western governments not assumed some of the bank debt and/or forced bank reform, the world, including Germany, would be in worse economic shape.

Saving the credit markets and not allowing banks to fail to any greater extent than they did was due to government pressure (and threats). True, Germany's social safety net prevented more of a contraction which is also government policy, unlike the US, which does not have that cushion to keep spending up.
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