European finance officials are concerned the euro’s climb to a 14-month high against the dollar is eroding exports as an aide to French President Nicolas Sarkozy called the move a “disaster” for the economy.
“Excessive volatility” in currency rates is “bad for economic development,” European Central Bank President Jean- Claude Trichet said in an unscheduled appearance at a press conference late yesterday after a meeting of euro-area finance ministers in Luxembourg. “It’s a problem which worries us,” said Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker, who led the talks.
The euro has gained almost 20 percent against the dollar since February, making the region’s exports more expensive to overseas buyers and threatening the recovery from the worst recession since World War II. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Oct. 3 that it is “very important” for the U.S. to have a strong dollar.