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European Leaders: Austerity alone not answer

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The European Union leaders meet in Brussels tomorrow and there is a growing recognition that austerity alone will not work. From the NY Times: E.U. Leaders Set to Admit Austerity Is Not Enough

European leaders are expected to conclude this week that what the debt-laden, sclerotic countries of the Continent need are a dose of economic growth.

A draft of the European Union summit meeting communiqué calls for ‘‘growth-friendly consolidation and job-friendly growth,’’ an indication that European leaders have come to realize that austerity measures, like those being put in countries like Greece and Italy, risk stoking a recession and plunging fragile economies into a downward spiral.

And on Greece from the NY Times: Greek Coalition Partners to Back New Reforms

As Greece tries to reach a debt-swap agreement with its private creditors, the country’s prime minister suggested on Sunday that the three leaders in his fractious coalition were prepared to back additional austerity measures and reforms needed to receive a second bailout.

Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is in the middle of a three ring circus negotiating with private creditors, negotiating with the “troika” (European Union, ECB, IMF), and negotiating with the various political parties in Greece.

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