Europeans are torn about the best approach to fix their messed-up economies: austerity (cutting government budgets and deficits) or stimulus (the government spending even more money and running up even bigger deficits in an effort to jump-start economic growth). Austerity, as recommended by Germany, had been the plan, but recent elections in France and Greece have favored the pro-stimulus side. Who is the role model for this position? President Barack Obama and his stewardship of the American economy. See Germany, U.S. head to G-8 summit with starkly different economic policies – The Washington Post.