Germany has ignored calls from its euro zone partners for more economic stimulus by tabling plans to cut spending and balance its budget ahead of schedule on the eve of an EU summit dedicated to growth.
Wolfgang Schauble, German finance minister, said on Wednesday that his budget for 2014, involving spending cuts of more than 5 billion euro to trim the total below 300 billion euro, was “a strong signal for Europe”.
The plan means Germany will reach budget balance in 2015, a year earlier than required under the “debt brake” written into its constitution.
He described the 2014 spending plan as “growth-friendly consolidation”, intended to prove to the rest of the euro zone that “consistent sustainable budgeting and growth are not mutually exclusive”.
Philipp Rosler, economy minister, said Germany’s public finances were the “envy of the world”.
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