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1 09.08.2017 Articles: European Policy Research
German election: stability-led complacency
Abstract: The German election will take place on September 24. Polls indicate a fourth term for Chancellor Merkel but it remains to be seen with which coalition she will govern. The booming economy has fostered cross-party complacency and prevented the necessary debate about how to ensure Germany’s future prosperity.
Topics: Economic policy; European policy issues; Germany; Politics and elections
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2 08.08.2017 Germany Monitor
German defence policy: Towards a more integrated security framework
Abstract: Defence policy and defence expenditures have moved into the light of public attention ahead of September parliamentary elections, fuelled by US criticism of Europe’s NATO spending, the experience of the refugee crisis but also regained momentum for European integration. While NATO membership and EU defence integration is supported by the German public, a majority rejects an increase in the military budget. To reach NATO’s 2% of GDP target by 2024, defence expenditures would have to more than double within seven years. Mainstream parties agree that a more holistic security framework is required but they are divided on the details, in particular when it comes to the question on how much to spend for it.
Topics: Economic policy; European issues; European policy issues; Germany; Other sectors; Politics and elections; Sectors / commodities
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3 03.08.2017 Germany Monitor
Packed European agenda for the next government: Numerous challenges, no (easy) answers
Abstract: The benign economic and public environment allows to fundamentally address shortcomings of the E(M)U. The next German government’s term is faced with numerous challenges ranging from Brexit and its impact on the next EU Budget to migration and the upgrade of the euro area. A revitalised relation with France provides the opportunity for substantive steps to further stabilise the euro area albeit Germany and France need to find common ground on many issues and seek the support of EU partners. European politics is still less of a topic for the German electorate not least as mainstream parties are all various shades of pro-European. However, the next government’s party composition is likely to matter for both speed and scope of changes on European level.
Topics: Brexit; Economic policy; EMU; European issues; European policy issues; Macroeconomics; Migration; Politics and elections
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4 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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5 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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6 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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7 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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8 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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9 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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10 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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