Økonomien i eurosonen svekkes fortsatt. I årets tre første måneder med 0,2 prosent. Fremdeles er det ikke noe tegn på oppsving.
Om noe så ser det ut til at økonomien «synker», den er kommet inn i et spor hvor nedgangen fortsetter. Psykologisk er det ikke bra. Det eneste som hjelper er sterke politiske initiativ, men Brussel virker handlingslammet, og det i seg selv gjør at nedgangen fortsetter.
Hvor skal fornyelsen komme fra?
More than five years after the meltdown of the U.S. housing market set off the global financial crisis, the 27-nation European Union remains in turmoil, buffeted by a lack of confidence in member states’ public finances and demands for budgetary rigor to address those concerns. Unemployment in the euro zone reached a record 12.1 percent in March, and economists do not expect the labor market to turn around before next year, at the earliest.
Despite its troubles, the E.U. market remains the world’s largest, and its weakness is doubly worrying at a time when the rest of the world is not growing strongly enough to take up the slack. Moody’s Investors Service warned Wednesday that the weakness in the euro zone, combined with the mandatory “sequestration” budget cuts in the United States, would weigh on the world economy, with growth in the Group of 20 nations this year of just 1.2 percent, picking up to 1.9 percent in 2014.
In annualized terms, the euro zone economy contracted by about 0.8 percent in the first quarter, lagging far behind the 2.5 percent growth in the United States.