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Präses Schneider Criticizes Economy's One-sided Conception of Humanity

August 25, 2011

Schwerte (epd). The chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) Präses Nikolaus Schneider has called for greater social responsibility in economics. The economy provides unsatisfactory or even no answers to many questions, Schneider said on Thursday at the Villigst Protestant Study Center (Evangelisches Studienwerk)  in Schwerte.  The präses from the Rhineland criticized the economy's one-sided conception of humanity.

"As far as the economy is concerned, only greed matters," Schneider said. When greed takes precedence, solidarity and humaneness count less and less. Economists must set the well-being of everyone as their most important objective, the Protestant theologian emphasized.

In the current financial and euro crisis, the economy does not offer clarity, but rather clouds issues with terms such as "financial markets," Schneider further said. In the background, however, there are active players. "It is high time to demythologize the language of economics."

August 25, 2011



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