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8. Dezember 2017
No real surprises hidden in the “Saint Nicholas” reform package from Brussels, a detailed set of reform proposals and communications that the European Commission published as a “roadmap” for deepening EMU. The proposals build on Commission President Juncker’s September State of the Union speech and, in essence, match closely with the French vision of more stabilization and risk-sharing in the EU, while they also try to meet German demands for better supervision of fiscal rules. The strong focus on anchoring any further integration of the Monetary Union - such as the reform of the ESM and the introduction of a Eurozone budget - in the institutional framework also illustrates the wariness in Brussels of being sidelined in its fiscal competencies and to allow the euro area to further develop on its own. [mehr]
1. Dezember 2017
The fluid political situation in Germany threatens to stall EU policymaking in a number of fields, above all the build-out of the euro area. The EU summit on Dec 14/15 is unlikely to yield an agreement on a potential roadmap for reforming the monetary union making it even more difficult to take final decisions in June 2018 as envisaged by the EU Commission. This will in return dampen optimism that a French-German tandem will provide a fresh impetus to the EU as a whole before the European Parliament elections in 2019. [mehr]
1. Dezember 2017
Beyond the Catalan referendum, independence movements in Europe seem to enjoy a revival. But calls for greater autonomy or even secession are not just about cultural identity - financial discrepancies between regions also play a major role. Unsurprisingly, most of the regions with strong separatist tendencies are amongst the wealthiest in their respective countries. Calls for (more) independence seem to be loudest when national financial equalization mechanisms lead to results that are perceived as disproportional, such as in Spain or Italy. [mehr]
17. November 2017
Der Euro kann seinen zweiten Platz unter den weltweit wichtigsten Reservewährungen bislang problemlos verteidigen. In Q2 2017 lag sein Anteil an den zugeordneten Währungsreserven nach Angaben des IWF bei 19,9%. Der US-Dollar bleibt mit 63,8% die unangefochtene Nummer eins unter den Reservewährungen. Doch sowohl der Euro als auch der Dollar mussten Anteile zugunsten anderer (nicht-traditioneller) Reservewährungen aufgeben. Ungeachtet der Frage, ob dies strukturellen Entwicklungen oder (vorübergehenden) Verschiebungen in der Reserveallokation geschuldet ist – die Diskussion um die führende Weltreservewährung (oder führenden Reservewährungen) des 21. Jahrhunderts gewinnt dadurch zweifelsohne an Bedeutung. [mehr]
4. September 2017
Optimism about Europe’s future surged after the French elections, while the EU is increasingly losing patience with British “divorce tactics”. Franco-German initiatives will be key to set the path for European reforms but the debate is expected to only gain speed after the formation of a new German government towards the end of the year. Meanwhile, the refugee challenge and EU external relations will remain on top of Europe’s political agenda. [mehr]
8. August 2017
Defence policy and defence expenditures have moved into the light of public attention ahead of September parliamentary elections, fuelled by US criticism of Europe’s NATO spending, the experience of the refugee crisis but also regained momentum for European integration. While NATO membership and EU defence integration is supported by the German public, a majority rejects an increase in the military budget. To reach NATO’s 2% of GDP target by 2024, defence expenditures would have to more than double within seven years. Mainstream parties agree that a more holistic security framework is required but they are divided on the details, in particular when it comes to the question on how much to spend for it. [mehr]
3. August 2017
The benign economic and public environment allows to fundamentally address shortcomings of the E(M)U. The next German government’s term is faced with numerous challenges ranging from Brexit and its impact on the next EU Budget to migration and the upgrade of the euro area. A revitalised relation with France provides the opportunity for substantive steps to further stabilise the euro area albeit Germany and France need to find common ground on many issues and seek the support of EU partners. European politics is still less of a topic for the German electorate not least as mainstream parties are all various shades of pro-European. However, the next government’s party composition is likely to matter for both speed and scope of changes on European level. [mehr]
24. April 2014
Am 1. Mai 2004 traten acht mittel- und osteuropäische Staaten der Europäischen Union bei, gefolgt von Bulgarien und Rumänien im Januar 2007. Die ausgeprägte wirtschaftliche und finanzielle Integration dieser Volkswirtschaften in die EU bildete dabei den Eckpfeiler ihres erfolgreichen wirtschaftlichen Aufholprozesses, der bereits viel früher begann als der eigentliche EU-Beitritt. Zehn Jahre und einen „Boom-and-Bust“-Zyklus wie aus dem Lehrbuch später haben die CEE-10 nicht nur die Vorteile, sondern auch die Schattenseiten ihrer ausgeprägten Handels- und Finanzintegration kennengelernt. Dennoch erwarten wir, dass die hohe und weiterhin steigende Handelsoffenheit sowie die starke Integration in die europäischen Wertschöpfungsketten auch in Zukunft das industriebasierte Wachstumsmodell der CEE-10 unterstützen werden. (nur auf Englisch verfügbar) [mehr]