European policy issues

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1 04.04.2017 Articles: European Policy Research
Are Europeans facing an identity crisis?
Abstract: In the current debate about the future of the EU, politicians as well as the media are warning of a tendency by member states to shift their focus back to their own national interests and of a subsequent loss of significance of the EU. Are policymakers reacting to actual changes in the attitudes of EU citizens or is there an underlying perception issue here?
Topics: European integration; European issues; European policy issues
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2 30.03.2017 Artikel: Wirtschaftspolitik
Identitätskrise der Europäer?
Abstract: In der aktuellen Debatte um die Zukunft der EU warnen Politiker ebenso wie Medien vor dem Rückfall der Mitgliedstaaten in „Nationalstaaterei“ und einem damit verbundenen Bedeutungsverlust der EU. Reagiert die Politik damit auf tatsächlich veränderte Einstellungen der EU-Bürger oder gibt es hier eher ein Wahrnehmungsproblem?
Topics: European integration; European issues; European policy issues
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3 23.03.2017 EU Monitor (Engl.)
Who is afraid of populists?
Abstract: With developments in the UK and the US, populism was a key theme in 2016. But does the perception of 2016 as “the year of the populists” really fit for Europe? A closer look suggests that while populism was an omnipresent theme in public discourse, support for populist parties in polls rather remained stable and elections did not translate into outright populist wins. The rise of populist parties has however been a multi-year trend. Populists can affect national politics in various ways. One possible effect is that forming a government (coalition) often gets more complicated and time-consuming and results in more fragile governments. Another is populists’ potential impact on policy discussions’ style and content. Pursuing policies with long-term benefits but which are often not instantly popular becomes more difficult ‒ both at the national and the European level.
Topics: Brexit; Economic policy; European integration; European issues; European policy issues; Politics and elections
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4 30.01.2017 Aktuelle Themen
Ausblick Deutschland: Risiken für den Export – trotz unterstützender EZB
Abstract: Das deutsche BIP-Wachstum in 2016 erhöhte sich im Vergleich zu den beiden Vorjahren weiter (1,9% gg. Vj. nach 1,7%, bzw. 1,6%). Einige temporäre Faktoren (Flüchtlingszustrom, geringe Inflation, Stärke des Arbeitsmarktes) sorgten für eine äußerst robuste Binnenwirtschaft. Die Verlangsamung der Exporte belastet dagegen die privaten Ausrüstungsinvestitionen. Etwa die Hälfte des BIP-Wachstums ging auf Staatsausgaben zurück. Insgesamt deckte sich die Entwicklung weitgehend mit unseren Erwartungen und verändert daher unseren Ausblick auf 2017 nicht: Da einige günstige Faktoren abklingen und ein Arbeitstageeffekt dämpft, dürfte sich das BIP-Wachstum in 2017 auf 1,1% abschwächen. Jüngste Stimmungsindikatoren signalisieren gewisse Aufwärtsrisiken für unsere Konjunkturprognose. Weitere Themen:„Border Adjustment Tax“: Was ist das und was bedeutet es für deutsche Unternehmen? EZB: Geduld, Transparenz und Kerninflation.
Topics: Business cycle; Economic growth; Economic policy; European issues; European policy issues; Germany; Global financial markets; Globalisation; Intern. relations; Macroeconomics; Prices, inflation; Tax policy
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5 30.01.2017 Current Issues
Focus Germany: New SPD frontrunner unlikely to defeat Merkel
Abstract: 2016 GDP growth picked up further relative to the previous two years (1.9% vs. 1.7%). Growth was strongly tilted towards consumption thanks to several tailwinds (refugee crisis, low inflation, labour market strength), while slowing exports weighed on private equipment investment: With several tailwinds fading and a strong workday effect weighing, GDP growth looks set to slow to 1.1% in 2017. Recent sentiment indicators herald some upside risks for the current quarter. However, the 2.3 point drop in the expectations component of the January ifo index seems to corroborate our more cautious stance. In an unexpected turn, SPD party leader Gabriel announced that he would not run against Angela Merkel. Instead Martin Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament, will be the party’s frontrunner. Mr. Schulz’s unexpected nomination is likely to push the SPD’s campaign for the federal election on September 24 but unlikely to derail Merkel.
Topics: Business cycle; European issues; European policy issues; Germany; Globalisation; Intern. relations; Macroeconomics; Politics and elections; Prices, inflation
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6 24.01.2017 EU Monitor (Engl.)
Coping with mixed feelings: What future for European trade policy?
Abstract: It is hard to overstate the importance of trade policy for Europe. The EU28 is the largest trading bloc, the top trading partner for about 80 countries worldwide and ranks 1st for in- and outbound investment. The EU’s free trade agreements (FTAs) vary substantially, depending on partners and policy priorities. “New generation trade agreements” go beyond traditional tariff reductions, including issues like services trade, intellectual property or investment. EU agreements to foster trade (and investment), however, have sparked mixed feelings more recently given the backlash against globalisation as well as EU-internal controversies over the power to strike such deals. Yet, the EU’s ability to conclude trade deals is also contingent on political support. Rising scepticism about globalisation means, that (potential) distributional effects of FTAs and their (potential) interaction with national legislation, is going to feature more prominently throughout negotiations and in the public debate.
Topics: Brexit; Economic policy; EMU; European integration; European issues; European policy issues; Globalisation; Intern. relations; Trade
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7 21.12.2016 Current Issues
Focus Germany: Outlook 2017: Solid, despite diminished tailwinds
Abstract: German GDP growth is expected to slow somewhat in 2017 following considerable momentum over the last two years. We note the growth rate will almost half, to 1.1%, in 2017, but around half of this is due to a smaller number of working days. While the economy will likely have to do without a number of special factors that provided a boost to domestic demand in 2016, we believe that the underlying robust domestic economic growth path remains intact. Weak global trade and political uncertainty will dampen exports and investments. The ECB has in all but words indicated that tapering will begin in 2017. European interest rates are likely to remain at very low levels in 2017, at least at the short end.
Topics: Auto industry; Brexit; Business cycle; Commercial real estate; Construction industry; Economic growth; European issues; European policy issues; Exchange rates; Germany; Labour market; Macroeconomics; Migration; Monetary policy; Other sectors; Prices, inflation; Real econ. trends; Real estate; Sectors / commodities; Trade
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8 16.12.2016 Aktuelle Themen
Ausblick Deutschland: Ausblick 2017 - solide, trotz nachlassendem Rückenwind
Abstract: Das deutsche BIP-Wachstum dürfte 2017 nach der ausgeprägten Dynamik der zwei Vorjahre etwas nachlassen. Mit 1,1% könnte sich die Wachstumsrate 2017 zwar nahezu halbieren. Dies ist aber zur Hälfte der geringeren Zahl von Arbeitstagen geschuldet. Die Binnenkonjunktur bleibt dank robustem Konsum und Bau der Wachstumsanker der deutschen Wirtschaft. Die weltwirtschaftliche Dynamik dürfte 2017 zwar etwas zunehmen; die Nachfrage nach deutschen Exporten aber zurückhaltend bleiben. Die politische Unsicherheit vor allem in Europa und die Ungewissheit über den Ausblick für den globalen Freihandel sollten die Ausrüstungsinvestitionen in einem Umfeld moderater Nachfrage dämpfen. Die EZB hat den Einstieg in den Ausstieg aus ihrem Anleihekaufprogramm angekündigt. Das europäische Zinsniveau dürfte aber 2017 zumindest am kurzen Ende auf Niedrigstniveau verharren.
Topics: Auto industry; Brexit; Business cycle; Commercial real estate; Construction industry; Economic growth; European issues; European policy issues; Exchange rates; Germany; Labour market; Migration; Monetary policy; Other sectors; Prices, inflation; Real econ. trends; Real estate; Sectors / commodities; Trade
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9 06.12.2016 EU Monitor (Engl.)
Rising income inequality: do not draw the obvious conclusions
Abstract: Inequality is dominating the political debate in various countries still characterised by sluggish economic recovery and high unemployment even several years after the financial crisis. In this note we look at trends, drivers and solutions. Four points stand out from the trends. First, global income inequality has increased over the last three decades. Second, the integration of the EM into the global economy has allowed aggregate income levels to converge towards AE levels, lifting millions out of poverty. Third, the AE have been better able to control income inequality via redistribution. Fourth, aggregates can be deceptive. Rising income inequality is associated with globalisation, technological change and migration. At the same time they have had an undeniably positive impact on aggregate income. The policy dilemma is in resolving the tension between the increase in income and its unfair distribution.
Topics: Economic growth; Economic policy; European policy issues; Globalisation; Labour market; Labour market policy; Macroeconomics; Migration
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10 07.11.2016 Articles: European Policy Research
Stability anchor Germany– most likely with Merkel
Abstract: Political risks in the months to come might increasingly take their toll on economic developments and investor sentiment (see accompanying article, “Uncertainty & animal spirits”). Up until recently, few people would have included Germany in this risk category.
Topics: Brexit; European issues; European policy issues
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