Given that austerity measures are being put into place in Europe these days in ever bigger economies (Italy, France, Spain and even more in Greece) one wonders where the German government gets its confidence from. Germany has developed an economy that is dependent on exports to the European Union, mostly because it followed the merchantilistic policy of depressing real wages to become more “competitive” in unit labour costs. There is nothing to its domestic economy that could sustain any kind of growth. Whatever confidence the German government has in economic growth must be an outgrowth of the (local) election campaigns in the German Bundesländer (federal states).
Don’t trust your government during, before and after election campaigns. Or in other words: Don’t trust your government. Which is a sad state of affairs in any Democracy – but has become a universal phenomenon. After all the political lies and distortions reality has become something so unsettling that the public is not to be trusted with it.
And try to consult international news about your own country – no matter which country that is. The tangle of lies, half-truths and omitted truths is often impenetrable from the inside – but you might gain some valuable insight from an outside perspective. Or at least you will end up being thoroughly confused – which is a state preferable to the state of mind politicians would need to be in, in order to believe in what they are saying.