Germany will no longer lecture European countries economies says new finance minister

Vastavam web: Germany will no longer lecture other European countries over their economies, the next finance minister of the eurozone’s richest nation said today.Olaf Scholz, of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) that this week struck a deal to reform Germany’s so-called grand coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel, said Germany “doesn’t need to dictate to other European states how they run themselves”.Germany’s trading partners and international institutions like the International Monetary Fund regularly urge Berlin to spend and invest more to push up demand and indirectly boost other economies.

German officials, however, say the trade surplus reflects the strength of the “made in Germany” brand and insist there is little they can do to influence the spending of companies and individuals.Hardliner Schauble became known in many eurozone nations for his tough stance towards Greece as it struggled to stay in the euro, and he is unlikely to be missed by the many debt- mired countries of southern Europe.The deal includes 46 billion euros ( 56 billion) for economic and social development, and there is hope among some economists that Scholz could loosen the purse strings of Europe’s economic giant.