Germany’s ‘post-growth’ movement

Sherelle Jacobs, The Guardian, 19 September 2012

Prompted by concerns for the environment and secure in their prosperity, many Germans are questioning the value of growth… Growth is a complicated business. Over the centuries, economists have not only been divided over how to make it come about, but over whether it is really a good thing in the first place.. On the one hand, we want to live comfortable existences free of struggle, but then again many of us would prioritise greater social equality or preserving the environment over endless economic enrichment. As we shudder through the collective hangover, growth for growth’s sake now finds itself under fresh scrutiny.Ironically it is in affluent Germany, the only place in Europe that currently seems to have any hope of economic growth, where the consensus on the intrinsic value of growth is most sceptical.

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