The Financial Times (via EU Digest) begins its analysis with:
Currency traders have become convinced over the past two weeks that something big is afoot in the global economy. They are not convinced by the sanguine noises coming from the Federal Reserve and think the risks of a "hard landing" in the US economy have risen. But, in a departure from the old wisdom, they do not seem worried about the effects of a US downturn on European economies – rejecting the old adage that "when the US sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold". They appear to be trading on the belief that, while US interest rates will fall in an effort to counter a slowdown, European rates will continue to rise – and, by implication, that Europe's economic upswing has some way to go. This has led to steep declines in the dollar, which tumbled to a 20-month low against the euro and to a 14-year trough against sterling.According to DW World, Germany is in "Sustainable Recovery":
Germans will need a bigger cart to satisfy their current shopping urges. Consumer polls and expert forecasts paint a rosy picture for the German economy. But will unemployment decline quickly enough to offset the negative effects that next year's VAT hike will have on consumer spending? The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Tuesday that it expects the German economy will continue to expand in the coming two years. In its latest World Economic Outlook, the OECD predicted that growth in gross domestic product would reach 2.6 percent in 2006, 1.8 percent in 2007 and 2.1 percent in 2008.Those are rather modest numbers compared to US growth in recent years. Still, the ILO-labour market statistics are welcome news: "The number of unemployed was down by 450,000 (–12.7%) on a year earlier. This means that employment showed the highest, and unemployment the lowest October level since 2001."
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