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6. September 2021
With less than three weeks to go until the German federal election, we put together a succinct presentation to address the following questions:

#1: Is the SPD boom yet another spike in voter preferences – that is going to mean-revert?
#2: How do policy platforms compare and where are the parties’ red lines?
#3: Which coalition option is most likely to materialize?
#4: Is a leftish red-red-green coalition a possibility at all?
#5: Are there any procedural stumbling blocks? How long might the Merkel government act as a caretaker government?
#6: What could fiscal, climate, distribution, and housing policies look like in a new three-way coalition?
#7: What is the likely impact on Germany’s potential growth?

In addition to summarizing our election outlook, we include snapshots of recently published research on how key policy areas like climate, energy, EU, distribution, and fiscal policy might be shaped by the next government. [mehr]
3. September 2021
The goal is clear: In the future, Germany’s energy needs are to be met to the largest possible extent by electricity from renewable sources. This will entail high initial expenses for companies and households, as existing infrastructure will have to be retrofitted or replaced. At the same time, companies and households have seen electricity prices rise more strongly than petrol, diesel, natural gas or heating oil prices over the last few years. This suggests that policymakers should reduce the state components of electricity prices as quickly as possible. This would have favourable social-policy effects and strengthen Germany’s position as an industrial hub, particularly since it has already suffered considerably from electricity-price-related burdens. [mehr]
1. September 2021
Strom aus erneuerbaren Energien soll künftig möglichst große Teile der Volkswirtschaft mit Energie versorgen. Auf Unternehmen und private Haushalte kommen zunächst hohe Kosten zu, denn es bedarf einer Umrüstung der bestehenden Infrastrukturen. Zugleich haben Unternehmen und Verbraucher in den letzten Jahren die Erfahrung gemacht, dass der Strompreis tendenziell stärker gestiegen ist also etwa die Preise für Benzin, Diesel, Erdgas oder Heizöl. Die Politik sollte daher die staatlichen Komponenten des Strompreises möglichst schnell zurückfahren. Dies wäre sozialpolitisch vorteilhaft. Es würde zudem den Industriestandort Deutschland stärken, der bereits erheblich unter dem strompreisbedingten Wettbewerbsnachteil leidet. [mehr]
30. August 2021
Negative Effekte der Corona-Pandemie, ambitionierte Klimapolitik, anhaltende Negativzinsen und die immensen Wertpapierkäufe der EZB rücken Verteilungsfragen zunehmend in den Fokus. Die Politik neigt zum Ad-hoc-Kurieren von Symptomen mit Blick auf das eigene Klientel, statt ursachenwirksame Maßnahmen zu ergreifen. Das schon bestehende Ausmaß an Umverteilung und langfristige Konsequenzen für Wachstum und Staatsfinanzen werden aus der Debatte ausgeklammert. Eine zielgerichtete Politik könnte dagegen Aufstiegschancen schaffen und damit die soziale Unabhängigkeit fördern. Auch die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit des deutschen Standorts und die politische Stabilität könnten dadurch verbessert werden. [mehr]
26. August 2021
Polls are in flux. The SPD – pulled up by popular frontrunner FM Scholz – has exploited the conservatives’ ongoing weakness and turned a seemingly hopeless endeavour into a neck-and-neck race. In parallel, the Greens are stumbling. In the midst of this volatile political atmosphere, postal voting has started. As most postal voters intend to cast their vote quickly, there is little time left for the faltering conservatives and Greens to regain voters’ support. [mehr]
23. August 2021
While the Conservatives’ position in the polls seems to be in free fall for now, the FDP has regained standing with the voters just in time for the federal election in September. According to current polls, only three-way party coalitions have a majority, hence, the Liberals could end up as the new kingmakers, clearly favouring a coalition with the Conservatives and the Greens (Jamaica) over a traffic-light coalition with the SPD and the Greens. But there are still five weeks to go and the election race is as open as ever. [mehr]
19. August 2021
For the German federal elections in September, about 60m voters are called to cast their ballot. Despite more than half of voters being 50 years and above, it would still be too far-fetched to say that Germany has become a so-called gerontocracy, where the interests of the older dominate the political process. Moreover, the pandemic could curb participation among all age groups. [mehr]
10. August 2021
Demand for electric vehicles has recently surged. Two key drivers are behind this gain in market share: Tight caps on vehicle CO2 emissions combined with the classification of electric cars as zero-emission vehicles and subsidies to buyers of electric cars. The transition to e-mobility helps to protect the climate. The contribution to climate protection will rise over time due to technological progress and scale effects in production. However, it is small and expensive for now. For every one million electric cars sold in Germany in the next few years, the total fiscal effect amounts to at least EUR 15 bn over the twelve years after the sale. Carbon abatement costs may amount to more than EUR 1,000 per ton. The current regulatory regime is obviously neither efficient from an economic vantage point nor effective in environmental protection terms. [mehr]
5. August 2021
Die Nachfrage nach Elektroautos ist zuletzt signifikant gestiegen. Zwei wesentliche Treiber sind für den Marktanteilsgewinn maßgeblich: strenge CO2-Grenzwerte für Pkw in der EU kombiniert mit der regulatorischen Einstufung von Elektroautos als Null-Emissionsfahrzeuge sowie hohe staatliche Förderungen für den Kauf von Elektroautos. Der Umstieg auf Elektromobilität leistet einen Beitrag für den Klimaschutz, der durch technischen Fortschritt und Größenvorteile in der Produktion künftig noch größer werden wird. Vorerst ist der Klimaeffekt aber noch klein und teuer erkauft. Die CO2-Vermeidungskosten können die Schwelle von EUR 1.000 pro Tonne übersteigen; im Emissionshandel liegen sie lediglich bei gut EUR 50 pro Tonne. Damit genügt das aktuelle regulatorische Förderregime nicht den Kriterien der ökonomischen Effizienz und der ökologischen Effektivität. [mehr]
5. August 2021
The global airline industry supports 87.7 million jobs worldwide, drives $3.5 trillion of global economic activity (direct and indirect), and accounts for ~4.1% of global GDP. In 2019, the industry also emitted 914 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), which represents 2.1% of global human CO2 emissions. What’s next? [mehr]
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