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Question 3:
"Is current growth good? (and how can growth be increased)"

Fabius: "growth is weak in Europe and in France, compared to the rest of the world [..] social matters must feed growth and justice, and a stronger purchasing power [..]
I propose a law of ecological planning for energy [..] the number 2 in government should be responsible for energy" (my opinion: was average, paddled in deep water at some point)

Royal: "we need to reinvest in work, investment and environment [..] on one hand 3 million french people are unemployed, and on the other hand some companies are undermanned [..] professional training is important [..] we would have benefits in social accounts (and not deficits) if we followed Denmark's example [..] investment too [..] environment is essential, many jobs could be created in the environment if we focused on it [..]" (my opinion: was not very convincing, but stuck to a plan)

DSK: "what we need today, is confidence. French people are not confident. if there is no confidence, there is no growth [..] confidence [..] to create confidence we need to hold a huge round of negotiations on purchasing power, pensions, etc, creating a pact that binds the president [..] so first of all, regain confidence through negotiation [..] debt is not good, because then you pay interests. if you're a liberal then you don't care because you don't want the state to interfere, but I care" (my opinion => sounded like a salesman)

by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:07:22 PM EST
Royal answered the previous question with "GDP doesn't evaluate real wealth", but did not follow up in her answer to this question by challenging it.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 05:51:18 PM EST
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