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12. August 2020
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Die monatlichen Daten deuten auf eine kräftige Belebung der konjunkturellen Dynamik im Laufe des zweiten Quartals hin, was u.a. auf Aufholeffekte zurückzuführen ist. Nach dem beispiellosen BIP-Einbruch um 10,1% gg. Vq. in Q2 prognostizieren wir für Q3 bzw. Q4 ein Wachstum von 5% bzw. 2% (Markterwartungen: 5,2% bzw. 2,4%). Das BIP-Niveau vor dem Ausbruch der Corona-Pandemie dürfte jedoch erst Mitte 2022 wieder erreicht werden. Angesichts der derzeit außergewöhnlich hohen Volatilität der monatlichen Daten und der Unsicherheit über den weiteren Verlauf der globalen Pandemie sind die Prognosen mit ungewöhnlich hoher Unsicherheit behaftet. (Lesen Sie außerdem in dieser Ausgabe: Merkels Stärke könnte eine Last für ihre potenziellen Nachfolger werden.) [mehr]
10. August 2020
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Monthly data point to a strong pickup in economic momentum during the course of Q2, in part due to catch-up effects. Still, after the unprecedented 10.1% GDP contraction in Q2 we expect a 5% increase in Q3 followed by a 2% rise in Q4 (consensus: 5.2% and 2.4%). We now expect German GDP to contract by 6.4% (compared with -9% predicted in early May) followed by a 4% increase in 2021. Still, the pre-COVID output level will not be reached before mid-2022. The current exceptional volatility in monthly data and the further development of the global pandemic imply that the error margins remain exceptionally high. (Also in this issue: Merkel’s strength might become a burden for her potential successors.) [mehr]
5. August 2020
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The EUR 750 bn recovery package agreed upon by EU leaders two weeks ago will be financed through EU borrowing while the EUR 1,074 bn budget for the next seven years mainly depends on EU members' direct contributions. For the Commission to tap markets, the own resources ceiling – i.e. the maximum amount that can be called per year to finance EU expenditure – will be temporarily increased from the current 1.2% to 2% of EU members’ GNI. The Council committed itself to reform the EU’s financing system and plans to introduce new own resources for early repayment of EU borrowing. The top priority at present is swift adoption of the budget and recovery fund to address the consequences of the pandemic over the coming years. Following agreement in the Council, the MFF 2021-2027 now requires the consent of the European Parliament, in an absolute-majority vote. The decision about own resources – EU borrowing, increased ceiling and new own resources – needs to be approved by all member states in accordance with their constitutional requirements (including approval by national parliaments). While we do not expect an overall blockage of the package by the European Parliament or member states, delays cannot be excluded. [mehr]
21. Juli 2020
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EU leaders finally reached what looked impossible at times: agreement on a EUR 1.074 trillion next seven-year EU budget as well as a EUR 750 bn European recovery fund, consisting of EUR 390 bn in grants and EUR 360 bn in loans. In order to engineer consensus, Council President Michel repeatedly adjusted (downsized) his original proposal to meet the demands of frugal members. The EUR 390 bn grants facility agreed is a significant cut compared to the EUR 500 bn called for by France and Germany, but the share of grants in the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) was slightly increased to EUR 312.5 bn The Council meeting that lasted from Friday to Tuesday was the first in-person conference between EU leaders since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic and took place under heightened health precautions. In the end, leaders of 27 EU members managed to find a joint response to the unprecedented economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis. [mehr]
9. Juli 2020
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With Germany’s rather successful COVID-19 strategy and the recovery and stimulus packages broadly agreed, the question of Merkel’s successor and the next German federal elections in autumn 2021 are gradually getting closer political attention again. Parties are currently not only preparing for the election, but are also arguing about the electoral law: the present law allowed the Bundestag to grow from 598 mandates to the current record size of 709 mandates, with the 2021 election likely to result in an even bigger number of seats. The Bundestag just failed to pass a reform before the summer break and thus in time for the 2021 elections. However, political and public pressure to find a solution is high and will keep the issue on the political agenda. [mehr]
1. Juli 2020
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Wie tief war der Konjunkturabsturz in Q2? Hochfrequenzdaten zeigen, dass mit der Rückführung der Lockdown-Maßnahmen eine Trendwende in der Wirtschaft stattgefunden hat. Überraschend starke Einzelhandelsumsätze (Mai) haben die Chance erhöht, dass der BIP-Rückgang in Q2 „nur“ einstellig ausgefallen sein könnte. Wir halten bis zu unserem Prognose-Update Anfang August trotz gestiegener Aufwärtsrisiken an der BIP-Prognose von -9% für 2020 fest. (Lesen Sie außerdem in dieser Ausgabe: Öffentliche Finanzen, Welthandel, Reisen in Zeiten von Corona, Arbeitsmarkt, Autoindustrie, die deutsche EU-Präsidentschaft, EZB-Geldpolitik) [mehr]
28. Mai 2020
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Commission President von der Leyen presented the long anticipated Commission proposal for a EUR 750 bn European Recovery Instrument together with an upsized EU budget for the next seven years. The plan goes beyond the Franco-German proposal that surprised markets last week. It can be expected to cause heated debates in the European Council and meet fierce resistance from frugal EU members. [mehr]
13. Mai 2020
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Schwächer als erwartete „harte Daten“ für März und geradezu erschreckende Umfrageergebnisse für April deuten darauf hin, dass die Talsohle der Konjunktur auf einem tieferen Niveau liegen könnte als bisher angenommen. Wir prognostizieren inzwischen für das zweite Quartal eine BIP-Kontraktion um 14% gg. Vq., wobei die Abwärtsrisiken weiterhin überwiegen. Im Jahr 2009 hat der private Konsum in der Rezession als wichtiger Puffer fungiert. Aufgrund der Ausgangsbeschränkungen, der sozialen Distanzierung und der voraussichtlich deutlich sinkenden Einkommenserwartungen dürfte der private Konsum im Jahr 2020 um 10% schrumpfen. Angesichts des weltweit asynchronen Verlaufs der Corona-Pandemie und der anhaltenden Einschränkungen des Welthandels wird die Erholung (die Mitte Mai einsetzen und sich dann in der zweiten Jahreshälfte verstärken sollte) wahrscheinlich nicht so dynamisch sein wie ursprünglich erhofft. Für Deutschland erwarten wir daher in diesem Jahr eine BIP-Kontraktion um 9% und 2021 wieder ein Wachstum von etwa 4%. (Außerdem in dieser Ausgabe enthalten: Öffentliche Finanzen, Verarbeitendes Gewerbe, krisenbedingter Burgfriede in der Politik geht zu Ende) [mehr]
8. Mai 2020
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Weaker-than-expected March hard data and shocking April survey data point to a lower trough in economic activity than assumed so far. We now see Q2 GDP falling by 14% qoq, with the risks still skewed to the downside. In the 2009 recession, private consumption acted as a massive shock absorber. Given the lockdown, social distancing and a likely severe hit to income expectations, we expect private consumption to fall by 10% in 2020. The asynchronous global development of the COVID-19 pandemic and lasting impediments to global trade, will make the recovery, which began in May and will become more evident in H2, less dynamic than hoped for earlier. As a result, we expect German GDP to decline by 9% this year and to expand by about 4% in 2021. [mehr]
24. April 2020
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The press statement of European Council President Michel after yesterday’s video conference of EU leaders remained vague on the EU’s joint fiscal response to the COVID-19 crisis. EU leaders endorsed their earlier agreement on the EUR 540 bn package of safety nets and also agreed “to work towards establishing a recovery fund”, asking the Commission to rapidly prepare a proposal of what this requires. Interlinking the EU's recovery plan with the budget might add another layer of complexity but could also serve as a spur for rapid agreements on both matters. [mehr]
7. April 2020
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Um die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus einzudämmen, haben die EU-Regierungen den Grenzverkehr in den vergangenen Wochen in unterschiedlichem Umfang vorübergehend wieder eingeschränkt. Die Maßnahmen reichen von Grenzkontrollen bis hin zu Grenzschließungen. Dies hatte zuweilen ernsthafte Auswirkungen auf den Frachtverkehr; die Grenzkontrollen führten zu kilometerlangen Staus, wie etwa zwischen Polen und Deutschland. [mehr]
18. März 2020
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The competition for global AI leadership is speeding up. But it already seems to be a two-horse race between the US and China. Europe faces an imminent risk of falling far behind if the EU and its members do not react rapidly and boldly. This could have broad implications for Europe's competitiveness, future wealth and political stability. The Commission's recently published White Paper on AI and its communication on a European strategy for data are crucial steps to formalise the debate on addressing the AI challenge in Europe. While the EU's strategy goes in the right direction, several points need to be clarified, in particular regarding the investment gap towards the US and China, finding the right balance between regulation and competitiveness of the EU's AI industry, and data access for AI research. [mehr]
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