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3. August 2017
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. [mehr]
19. Mai 2017
Last Sunday the CDU won the important election in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), defeating the SPD in its major stronghold (33 vs 31.2%). The result indicates an end to the SPD’s upswing following the nomination of Schulz as Chancellor Merkel’s contender, and thus confirms our earlier cautious view on the likely sustainability of this development. [mehr]
23. März 2017
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. [mehr]
11. Februar 2017
At a meeting in Munich, the executive committees of the CDU and the CSU have largely demonstrated unanimity and the willingness to close the ranks behind Chancellor Merkel in the imminent election campaign after months of tension over Merkel’s refugee policy. The meeting is meant as the start signal of a joint campaign which aims at keeping Chancellor Merkel in office and preventing a “left republic”, the term the CSU uses to describe a coalition among the SPD, the Left and the Greens. As an anchor for a common campaign a joint election platform shall be launched. The platform is likely to focus on external and internal security, (income) tax reductions, support for families, prosperity and jobs and European policy. The Bavarian CSU, however, will stick to its demand for an upper limit on migration of 200,000 p.a. as a major element of its own complementary platform for Bavaria, weakening the signal of unanimity at a time when the SPD is surging in polls. [mehr]
16. Dezember 2016
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. [mehr]
3. August 2015
Vorbild Deutschland – stößt die Konsenswirtschaft an ihre Grenzen? Deutschland wird im laufenden Jahr erneut über Potenzial wachsen. Trotz neuer Ausgabenprogramme dürften im Staatshaushalt zunächst weiter Überschüsse erwirtschaftet werden. Aufgrund seiner institutionellen Besonderheiten hat es Deutschland bis dato weitgehend vermeiden können, dass Verteilungskonflikte sich in höheren Staatsdefiziten und/oder steigender Inflation niederschlugen. Nicht zuletzt die demografische Entwicklung dürfte diese Resilienz auf die Probe stellen. Ein neuer Reformaufbruch ist aber angesichts abnehmender Standortvorteile notwendig. Es bleibt abzuwarten, ob die Gesellschaft eine Neuauflage der Agenda 2010 auf den Weg bringt. [mehr]
31. Juli 2015
German model – has a consensus economy reached its limit? German output growth poised to outstrip potential again in current year. Despite new government spending programmes there should be continued budget surpluses for the time being. Given the strengths of its institutional framework Germany has so far largely been able to avoid the possibility of distributional conflicts feeding through in the shape of higher government deficits and/or rising inflation. Demographic developments, not least, will probably put this resilience to the test. However, a new reform thrust is needed in view of decreasing locational advantages. It remains to be seen whether society will carry through with an update of the Agenda 2010 reforms. [mehr]