Spotlight on Germany
With the sovereign debt crisis enveloping some parts of the euro area the financial markets have intensified their focus on Germany. Political decisions and trends in Europe's largest economy have a major impact on the progress of European integration. Much will also depend on how well Germany can maintain its economic strength. Thus, not only ground-breaking decisions for the euro and the European Union but also resolute reforms for sustainable growth are needed. Correspondingly, we cover a broad spectrum of issues: Deutsche Bank Research offers near-term analyses and comments on Germany's economic, fiscal and European policies, political trends, and the cyclical and sectoral outlook for German business.
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Influx of refugees: An opportunity for Germany
The influx of refugees has raised net immigration to Germany to the record level of more than one million. Among the OECD countries, this trend could put Germany ahead of the United States, traditionally the No. 1 destination country for migrants. As a result, Germany faces the difficult − and costly – Herculean task of integrating the refugees and absorbing the supply shock to the labour market. At the same time, the refugees represent an opportunity for rejuvenating an ageing population in Germany, where there is a growing scarcity of labour and the threat of lower structural growth. In our outlined win-win scenario, successful integration offers Germany the opportunity to consolidate its position as Europe’s economic powerhouse and to increase its attractiveness as an immigration country. A sustained high level of net immigration will attenuate the decline of the trend growth rate brought on by an ageing population. Instead of moving closer to stagnation, the trend growth could still amount to 1% in ten to 15 years as well, which would also benefit social systems. [more]
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Focus Germany: How to pay for retirement?
CSU leader Seehofer and SPD leader Gabriel have advocated a stabilization of the level of the public pension scheme’s benefits. This would mean to skip one of the past decade’s major social policy reforms that aimed at enhancing the public budgets' fiscal sustainability. Mr. Seehofer has even questioned the complete architecture of Germany’s pension system by also stating that the Riester-Pension had failed. Obviously both party leaders are in search for popular topics for the imminent federal election campaign, given that in 2017 more than one third of the eligible voters will be 60 years old or older. But it is doubtful whether the promotion of pensioners‘ interests will help both leaders to improve their parties’ image. Further topics in this issue: High returns on direct investments in Germany, Global trade growth remains subdued. [more]
Latest articles on Germany
12.05.2016
Direct investments, global trade growth, view from Berlin
04.04.2016
German GDP growth; German exports to oil-producing countries; residential construction in Germany; View from Berlin.
03.03.2016
German exports; house prices; GDP growth; View from Berlin
 
Germany
12.05.2016
Direct investments, global trade growth, view from Berlin
04.04.2016
German GDP growth; German exports to oil-producing countries; residential construction in Germany; View from Berlin.
03.03.2016
German exports; house prices; GDP growth; View from Berlin
 
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