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December 16, 2013
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The approval of the coalition negotiations by the SPD’s membership has finally paved the way for a grand coalition. In our view, the agreement that is to be implemented over the coming years will take Germany in the wrong direction and will reduce trend growth in two broad ways: through the partial reversal of the successful Hartz reforms, as well as through increasing the fiscal sustainability gap through pension-system give-aways. Instead of making Germany a more competitive location for business and preparing its society for the demographic challenges ahead, the coalition is on course to implement policies that will be seen as errors in the years ahead. Increased federal spending on education, research and development is not accompanied by cuts in less useful policy interventions. European policy remains caught in a catch-22 between a tangled mass of over-complex regulation and the lack of willingness – not only in Germany – to rapidly pursue a political union. [more]
January 4, 2013
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National elections will be held in Germany in the autumn of 2013. The election campaign will be shaped, above all, by personality issues, second by the stance towards the euro crisis, and third by some modest domestic social policy issues. Steinbrück receives good ratings for tax issues and leads over Merkel on social issues but Chancellor Merkel benefits from a solid economy and her stance on euro politics, reflected in her high popularity. Steinbrück and the Greens are outspoken on stricter banking regulation and a separation of investment banking from commercial banking. Merkel and her coalition have kept a low profile on this issue so far but the banks will remain under scrutiny. [more]
May 12, 2009
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On May 1, 2004 the European Union was enlarged by ten new Member States. Their political and economic integration brought growth in trade, economic output and employment – but also in economic connectivity and mutual interdependence. As a result, the global economic and financial crisis has triggered serious economic slumps in some of the new EU members. It is now time to take initial stock of integration and turn to consideration of the outstanding issues. [more]
September 27, 2007
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With Germany's Grand Coalition two years into its first term, it is time for a midway review of what the government has achieved so far and a look at what the second half of the legislative period might bring. The Grand Coalition still lacks assertiveness in its economic and social policy. Reforms of corporate and investment income tax have been addressed only half-heartedly; the tax landscape is a work in progress. Structural energy and environmental policy reforms will be launched. The higher cost of environmental awareness should be another reason to lighten the tax and contributions load. [more]
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