WASHINGTON— Europeans voted for change over the weekend, and some politicians even promised it. But the reality of today’s Europe is that little change is possible.

While voters in France and Greece clamored for government stimulus and an end to austerity measures that have cut hundreds of thousands of government jobs, economists come back to a simple fact: Only Germany might have the needed cash, and it has no intention of sending it around the continent.

Despite French President-elect Francois Hollande’s proclamation that growth, not austerity, is the new path for Europe, there’s little chance of that becoming true in the near term.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday invited Hollande to Berlin for economic talks expected next week — the new president’s first international trip — but she noted that the European fiscal treaty that mandates spending cuts and strict discipline won’t be renegotiated. European growth, Merkel said, requires first getting Europe’s spending and debt under control.

And while Greeks plead for a path out of their ruined economy, there is only political paralysis. The leader of the party that finished a weak first place in Sunday’s voting abandoned his attempt to form a new coalition government after just six hours.

Richard Whitman, a European policy expert at the University of Kent in England, said German fiscal restraint means European leaders don’t have many options.

“It’s clear that we’ll see a lot of lip service to stimulus growth spending, but it will all be politics,” Whitman said. “Germany has done the maximum of what they’re going to do.”

If Merkel offers some concessions to Hollande and the pro-stimulus camp, however, experts say that Greece, with all its structural problems, shouldn’t expect even that much.

France may have serious debt issues, but Greece’s per capita debt is almost double France’s. While France is a founding member and central player in the new Europe, Greece from the start has been little more than a sentimental member, allowed into the eurozone despite widespread sentiment that it’s a nation with a great history but a bleak future.

Holger Schmieding, chief economist of Berenberg Bank, Germany’s oldest private bank, said that it would be a mistake to lump Germany’s willingness to listen to the plans of the new French president with pleas for a lesser demands on Greece. Greek voters on Sunday tossed out the two parties that had backed a plan of austerity measures under the terms of an international economic bailout, but it wasn’t clear what a new government in Athens would be able to do differently.

“Greece is a separate issue — they have been told what is expected and there will be no change of course,” Schmieding said. “But for Hollande, there will be something from his visit to Berlin. To justify falling in line with a course of austerity, he has to come away with something. It won’t be much, but it will look good in headlines.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney reiterated that President Obama favored a balanced approach under which Europe would deal directly with its huge deficits but also work for economic growth.