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8. September 2021
The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, ambitious climate policies, persistently negative interest rates, and large-scale security purchases by the ECB are increasingly raising the issue of a fair distribution. Policymakers tend to focus on the symptoms in order to appease their voters – and in doing so, they often neglect the root causes. [mehr]
8. September 2021
Due to the continuing shortage of semiconductors, 2021 will be another weak year for Germany as an automotive location. Although the current economic and supply crisis may have reached its low point, a return to earlier highs is unlikely – even in the medium term. By contrast, German auto manufacturers are reporting positive results and gaining share in important markets. The discrepancy between Germany as an automotive location and the German auto industry is becoming apparent. [mehr]
7. September 2021
Liam Fitzpatrick, European Head of Metals and Mining Research interviews Anna Krutikov, Glencore's Head of Sustainability. Climate ambition is increasing rapidly at a global level and investors are demanding that large corporates, such as Glencore, align strategies with the goals of the Paris Agreement and take the necessary action on reducing emissions. [mehr]
7. September 2021
Who would have guessed that Tom Brady would lead a team to Superbowl glory at the age of 43? Who would have thought that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi would still compete for the Ballon d’Or award at the ages of 36 and 34, respectively? And who would have guessed that Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic would continue to dominate tennis well into their thirties, despite a generation of new players? There are close parallels between great athletes like these and professional success. We have a lot to learn from remarkable women and men who achieve great heights in sports—especially as we move toward a post-pandemic work-from-home future. [mehr]
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]
6. September 2021
Beim Thema Wohnungspolitik haben die aktuellen Wahlprogramme der Parteien wenig Schnittmengen. Union, FDP und AfD schlagen weiterhin eine eher angebots- und SPD, Grüne und Linke eine eher nachfrageorientierte Wohnungspolitik vor. Union und FDP versprechen, den Preis- und Mietdruck über zusätzliches Angebot zu beseitigen und Anreize für Renovierungen zu bieten. Wer zur Miete wohnt und nie wieder umziehen möchte, dürfte sich durch die Programme der SPD, der Linken oder der Grünen angesprochen fühlen. Für private Haushalte dürfte die Belastung durch die Grunderwerbsteuer nach der Wahl womöglich sinken, für große Investoren dürfte sie dagegen eher zulegen. Keine Partei bietet ein Gesamtkonzept. Keine Partei schätzt die Folgen ihrer Forderungen im Hinblick auf benötigte Arbeitskräfte, Finanzmittel oder Flächen ab. [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]
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