The lines move, in Germany, in the heated debate around the modest package of measures adopted on Thursday by the Bundestag and Friday by the Bundesrat to support the economy. According to the weekly magazine "Der Spiegel", social democratic Minister of finance Peer Steinbrück, until recently the more resistant to the idea of a plan, is now ready to examine the possibility of new stimuli, but after Easter.
For its part, the Minister for the economy, Michael Glos pleaded yesterday in the "bild am sonntag" weekly for a decrease in the income tax, a view that does not appear to share Angela Merkel. The Chancellor also indicated that it would convene next Sunday, a special meeting of experts to take stock of the economic and financial situation of the coming months.
It must be said that the pressure is highest daily on the Merkel Government. According a survey ARD, the popularity of the Chancellor, criticized insensitively in most of the newspapers for his handling of the crisis, fell 6 points: "only" 65 of Germans were satisfied with his action against 74 (over 6) to his opponent in the general election next September, the Foreign Minister, Frank - Walter Steinmeier.
Media pontificate as much on the absence of the Chancellor to the organized portray today, London, by Gordon Brown, Nicolas Sarkozy and José Manuel Barroso, the President of the Commission European. Angela Merkel spokesman has beautiful repeating that there is not place for wonder, that Berlin has been notified of this meeting, and that "everyone knows that in Europe nothing can be done without the Germany", the feeling began to spread that Angela Merkel leaves marginalize, taking not the crisis more to stigmata.
The recession that threatens the country next year could be the highest since the creation of the RFA. The commands to the industry collapsed by 6.1 in October, revealed Friday, the Ministry of the economy. While the Bundesbank said Friday, expected for 2009, a decline of 0.8 of GDP, the Deutsche Bank forecasters have news stating build in the black scenario, on a decline of 4. Eight "super patterns" have called, "Spiegel", the Government to do more to fight against the crisis. Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn, believes that "we are facing an absolutely exceptional situation, and we can out us with political and economic instruments traditional." Adidas pattern suggests a decrease in VAT. Of BASF claims a tax reduction.
The tributary claims
All sides tributary claims. The left wing of the SPD proposes to reward all adults "good consumer", the Minister of Education proposes to spend EUR 4.6 billion for the renovation of schools. But much of measures referred to may not have the expected effects. A decrease in VAT would be perhaps not passed on to the consumer price. A tax cut would not benefit to the 24 million non-taxable households. A consumption good could provide only a straw fire... The Government must examine early January, in four weeks, the State of the situation and decide whether to consider new measures.