May 25, 2009
World economic recovery will be slow and rising unemployment could bring the threat of social crisis and protectionism, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said in an interview with Spanish Sunday newspaper El Pais.
[efoods]“What began as a great financial crisis and became a great economic crisis is now becoming a great crisis of unemployment, and if we don’t take measures there is a risk of a great human and social crisis, with major political implications,” he said.
“That’s a good breeding ground for populist, protectionist policies,” he added.
“The finance ministers of the G7 and the G20 are displaying a certain relief because the contraction has slowed. Although we could still have low or negative growth, the situation is less bad,” he said.
“But economists and industrialists are conscious that the recovery will be slow coming and weaker than expected.”
Dangers remain in the U.S. financial system and in vulnerable emerging markets, Zoellick said.