Rough ride still ahead for economy: Merkel | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 01, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 01, 2010

Rough ride still ahead for economy: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the country's worst post-war recession would drag into 2010, in a New Year's television address to be broadcast Thursday.
"I tell you very openly: We cannot expect the economic downturn to be over quickly," she said according to a manuscript released by her office.
"Some things will initially be more difficult next year before they can improve."
She said Europe's biggest economy would continue to fight for new international rules for financial markets "so that the massing-together of excess and irresponsibility can in future be prevented in time."
2010 will be the crucial year that decides how Germany emerges from the crisis, and whether it lays the groundwork to avert a similar debacle, she said.
Merkel, 55, said her centre-right government would work with business leaders and banks to ensure companies, particularly small and medium-sized firms, can get past a nagging credit crunch.
She said that although the economic slowdown had created severe problems for the world's developed nations, it must not prevent them from confronting climate change after the failure of this month's Copenhagen summit.
"The global crisis must not serve as an excuse to brush aside other challenges facing humanity," Merkel said.
“Industry and environmental protection are not in opposition, they rely on each other, now more than ever. We must not let ourselves be put off by setbacks such as the climate conference in Copenhagen.”

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