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Jim O’Neill, the new Goldman Sachs Asset Management chairman who is famous for coining the term BRICs for the world’s new emerging economic giants, reckons he knows why Germany might not be rushing to bail out all the euro zone debt that is under pressure. Europe is not as important to Berlin as it was.
Speaking at the Reuters 2011 Investment Outlook Summit being held in London and New York, O’Neill pointed out that in the not very distant future Germany will have more trade with China than it does with France.
“It’s a different global environment. That’s why maybe Germany (ties) itself to a rules-based game with the rest of Europe because economically it doesn’t mean so much to them now. What goes on in China is more important than what goes on in France and that’s puts a different economic (spin) on the situation for the Germans.”
O’ Neill also drew parallels between the current situation which sees Germany being asked to stump up for ill-disciplined southern euro zone economies and the problems faced in 1990 when West Germany had to do something similar for East Germany.
A guide at the "Japanese Experience" exhibition talks to Miim, the Karaoke pal robot, on the sidelines of the APEC meetings in Yokohama, Japan on Nov. 10. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
Miim is one of the more popular delegates at the APEC meetings in Yokohama Japan. She sings. She dances. She tosses her shoulder length hair. She may not be able to spout an alphabet soup of APEC acronyms like the other Asia-Pacific delegates. But she's still pretty lively. For a robot.
We asked Senator Charles Grassley to grade President Barack Obama’s performance (close your ears Sasha and Malia) and the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee was a bit of a tough schoolmaster.
“He’s still learning an awful lot,” Grassley said at a Reuters Washington Summit.