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20. Februar 2024
11
Two large German industrial sectors have experienced significant losses in domestic production during the last few years: the automotive and the chemical industries. In the automotive industry, production level in Q4 2023 was 21% below the former peak reached in autumn 2017. Chemical output in Germany was 27% lower than at its the former peak.
Compared to the significant drop in domestic production, employment in both sectors has remained quite stable during the last few years. The number of employees in the automotive industry declined moderately between 2018 und 2022 but has stabilised since. Employment in the chemical industry was even only 2% below its peak at the latest reading.
In our view, production volumes in both sectors are unlikely to return to former peaks. Thus, we expect employment in these sectors to decline before long, as an adaptation to lower production volumes and probably also as a result of more automatisation and efficiency gains. [mehr]
19. Februar 2024
12
Deutschland hinkt bei der Digitalisierung hinterher. Ein Beispiel dafür ist das E-Government. Innerhalb Deutschlands gibt es signifikante Unterschiede zwischen Kreisen und Bundesländern. Interessanterweise schneidet Bayern besser ab und scheint einen zentraleren Ansatz als andere Bundesländer zu verfolgen. Erfolgreiche IT-Projekte in der öffentlichen Verwaltung beruhen wohl generell auf einer klaren zentralen Steuerung. Wir denken, auch Deutschland muss diesen Weg beschreiten, um eine öffentliche Cloud zu implementieren, die Registermodernisierung erfolgreich umzusetzen und umfassend digitale Dienste für Bürger und Unternehmen anzubieten. [mehr]
19. Februar 2024
13
Wir haben unsere Prognose für die EZB sowie für die Konjunktur der Eurozone insgesamt angepasst. Ob die Stimmung in diesem Wirtschaftsraum die Talsohle durchschritten hat, werden entsprechende Indikatoren in der zweiten Wochenhälfte zeigen. Das gilt insbesondere für Deutschland. In den USA ist die Handelswoche verkürzt. Der Fokus dürfte auf den Sitzungsprotokollen der Fed liegen sowie auf den Flash-PMIs und den Erstanträgen für Arbeitslosenhilfe. In China werden Zinsentscheidungen der Zentralbank erwartet. [mehr]
15. Februar 2024
15
Current EU Commission President von der Leyen is expected to announce that she is running for a second term on Monday. With less than four months to go until the June 6-9 European parliament elections, we provide an update on current developments and address the following questions: What is the likelihood of a von der Leyen 2.0 Commission and what could be the main policy priorities of the next Commission? To what extent could the prospect of a Trump 2.0 administration be a catalyst for an EU defence capability and spending boost? What do current polls tell us about a possible right-wing shift of the European parliament? How would this impact EU policy making? Which legislative proposals might still be finalised in the current legislative term? [mehr]
14. Februar 2024
17
Die Spannung steigt. Wann werden EZB und Fed die Leitzinsen senken? In der Eurozone und insbesondere Deutschland stottert der Konjunkturmotor. Die traditionellen und energieintensiven Industrien stehen weiterhin unter Druck. Das könnte auch die Inflation dämpfen und die EZB könnte die Zinsen bereits im April senken. Nachdem diese Woche die US-Inflation etwas stärker zulegte als erwartet, erscheint eine Zinssenkung der Fed im März unwahrscheinlich. Die EZB könnte die Leitzinsen also vor der Fed senken. [mehr]
13. Februar 2024
19
Production in the manufacturing industry in Germany dropped by 1.2% in 2023 in real terms. This was the second decline in a row (2022: -0.2%) and the fourth decline in the last five years. Thus, industrial output was roughly 9% below the record level of 2018. Since manufacturing output dropped significantly in both Q3 and Q4 2023 (-2.0% and -2.2% qoq respectively), 2024 starts with a significant negative statistical overhang. Sentiment indicators seem to have reached a bottom, but business expectations are still far in negative territory. The negative impact of the recent increase in interest rates on domestic industrial production will likely become visible with a time lag because companies have been able to partly compensate the downturn in new orders by working off the orders booked before 2023. We have revised our forecast for manufacturing production in Germany in 2024 to -2.5% down from -1.5%. In this report, we also look at the economic development in major industrial sectors in Germany. [mehr]
12. Februar 2024
20
In early February, the German parliament approved the 2024 budget, ending a prolonged period of uncertainty and provisional budget management. But, torn between the intensifying consolidation requirements under the debt brake and the need to solve the economy's cyclical and structural challenges, the coalition government has already started to debate the upcoming 2025 budget. This fiscal policy debate appears unlikely to be settled anytime soon. In this note we discuss three possible scenarios for how the budget 2025 process might play out. [mehr]
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