Thursday, June 12, 2008

German X Factor: Inflation Worries And Remembrances Of Weimar Moving Germans To German Made Currencies

X-factor: German bank customers are favouring notes that start with the distinctive ‘X’ serial numbers, which show they have come from Berlin

Support For Euro In Doubt As Germans Reject Latin Bloc Notes

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Last Updated: 1:26am BST 13/06/2008

Notes printed in Berlin have more currency for bank customers who fear a 'value crisis'

Ordinary Germans have begun to reject euro bank notes with serial numbers from Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal, raising concerns that public support for monetary union may be waning in the eurozone's anchor country...

Inflation touches a very sensitive nerve in Germany. Holger Schmeiding, from Bank of America, said the country had suffered two traumatic sets of inflation in living memory, first in Weimar in 1923 and then in 1948.

"People suffered a 90pc haircut on financial assets in the currency reform of 1948. The inflationary effects of two world wars were catastrophic," he said.

A group of leading German professors warned at the outset of EMU that the euro would tend to be weaker than old Deutsche Mark, and that it would fuel inflation over time. German citizens were never given a vote on the abolition of the D-Mark, which had become a symbol of Germany's rebirth after the war.

Many have kept a stash of D-Marks hidden in mattresses to this day. A recent IPOS poll showed that 59pc of Germany now had serious doubts about the euro.

Source Telegraph U.K.


Anonymous said...

Very interesting, and you have had the message above your currency exchange for quite sometime to keep our eye on the German Deutschmark along with the Euro. Wow I wonder what is happening that is causing the Germans to believe a possible major instability in the near future? I guess the inevitable collapse of the dollar could be insighting this? Thoughts anyone? This article grabs my attention.K

Anonymous said...

First I hear of this. Is it likely, or just an anomaly?