actually Germany was barely affected - because they have a real economy built on solid manufacturing not consumer credit cards.
Brown/Lab squandered a lot of money during the boom years not least boosting the ranks of the public sector and, in particular, NHS bureaucracy - which is why the civil service faces such painful cuts now.
To repeat his boastful mantra NO RETURN TO BOOM/BUST (strange how that never gets mentioned now)[/QUOTE
Sorry, but in 2009 Germany had it's worst recession since the the end of WW2!!
It's manufacturing base was massively affected becasue it exports so much and everyone else wasn't buying!
However, i'm with you on the other two points.
were in slight recession compared to uk germany france italy...etc..and expecting a 1.7% gdp growth this yrThe Swiss were in recession.