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30. September 2019
A new (green) 'fiscal deal' in Germany? The climate protection programme is no game changer for fiscal policies as it will be largely counter-financed by additional revenues. The ecological steering effect of the climate package is also limited since the initial carbon price will be low. Speculations that Germany will finally relent and embark on a decisive fiscal policy loosening have proved to be overplayed. We stick to our call that we will not see a fiscal package unless Germany enters a severe recession. Still, Germany’s budget surpluses are set to narrow considerably in 2019/20. (Also included in this issue: German labour market, industrial production, auto industry, the view from Berlin) [mehr]
12. September 2019
Mit neuen Formen multilateraler Kommunikation hat die digitale Transformation den gesellschaftlichen Diskurs bereichert, aber auch die Verbreitung von Fehlinformationen und Propaganda sowie das Entstehen von Echokammern verstärkt. Sie bietet autokratischen Regimes neue Möglichkeiten für staatliche Überwachung und Kontrolle. Wie Demokratien damit umgehen, wird sich entscheidend darauf auswirken, wie sie im intensiver werdenden Wettbewerb der politischen Systeme bestehen. [mehr]
20. August 2019
Unseres Erachtens befindet sich die deutsche Wirtschaft in einer technischen Rezession: Wir erwarten für Q3 eine Kontraktion des BIP um ¼%. Außerdem haben wir unsere Prognose für 2019 auf 0,3% zurückgenommen. Da keine Hinweise auf eine Belebung in den kommenden Quartalen zu erkennen sind, haben wir die Prognose für 2020 auf 0,7% gesenkt. Angesichts des zunehmend fragilen Zustands der Weltwirtschaft könnte eine grundlegendere Änderung des Szenarios erforderlich werden, wenn eines oder mehrere der zuletzt immer deutlicher in den Blick gerückten Risiken eintreten sollte. Dann würden Prognosekorrekturen um einige Zehntelprozentpunkte nicht mehr ausreichen. (Außerdem in dieser Ausgabe: Deutsche Automobilkonjunktur, Chemieindustrie, Hauspreise und Mieten, Unternehmensfinanzierung in Deutschland, Digitalpolitik, EZB.) [mehr]
23. Mai 2019
Results from the 23-26 May EU elections will not be published before late Sunday evening, final numbers not before Monday morning. Polls continue to indicate a loss of the conservatives' and social democrats' traditional majority while right-wing and left-wing Eurosceptics could gain more than 35% of the seats in the next EP. We do not expect any Council decisions on the next Commission President and other key positions before the June 20-21 summit. But negotiations between leaders on the EU's top jobs could last much longer and also a lengthy standoff between the Council and Parliament over the "Spitzenkandidaten" procedure cannot be excluded. [mehr]
6. Mai 2019
The May European Parliament elections could see Germany's conservative CDU/CSU and Social Democrats lose a substantial share of votes compared to the last round in 2014, whereas the Greens could overtake the SPD and become the second strongest party. Compared to European peers, the appeal of the far-right AfD to German voters remains far more limited. Still, the AfD could expand its share and rank fourth, followed by the Liberals and the far-left Leftist party. Shifts of voters' support between centrist parties will not have a substantial impact on Germany's generally pro-European stance. However, these parties still represent different views on the future of the EU, e.g. regarding further EMU deepening. [mehr]
11. April 2019
Soft and hard EU(ro)sceptic as well as anti-establishment parties could account for one-quarter up to one-third of the seats in the next EP, according to our updated poll-based projections. We have doubts about whether Eurosceptic and nationalistic groups in the EP will be able to overcome their previous discrepancies and build a significantly more united bloc. However, even without a joint agenda, Eurosceptics could make coalition building (as on the national level) much more complex and increasingly split the next EP into two camps. [mehr]
26. März 2019
In the competition for global leadership in technologies like artificial intelligence, most observers see a two-horse race – between China and the United States. But what about Europe? Can it ever catch up to the galloping favorites? It won’t be easy. The digital economy in the United States has big advantages: a large domestic market, a risk-taking investment culture, and plenty of innovative companies and world-class universities. US tech giants were first-movers out of the gates, and used the network effects of the platform economy to dominate not only the US, but many other markets worldwide. [mehr]
28. Februar 2019
The outcome of the EU elections and the composition of the new Parliament will significantly influence the nomination and election of the next President of the European Commission (EC). Parliament will vote for the Council's proposed candidate in a secret ballot with a majority of component MEPs required. The election of the Commission President will be particularly challenging this year. Given the projected new balance of power after the elections both within the EP and within the Council as well as between the EP and the EU Council, an institutional stalemate cannot be ruled out. [mehr]
13. Februar 2019
Ahead of the May 23–26 European Parliament elections, the EU is surrounded by internal and external challenges, its leaders increasingly divided, and its integrity and credibility challenged by Eurosceptic and anti-European groups across the continent. An extension of Article 50 could push the Brexit date close to or even beyond the European elections. Under EU treaties the UK would then be required to participate in the vote. The implications for the next EP – both if the UK agreed and refused to hold elections – could bear risks for the unanimity required in the European Council for an extension of Article 50 beyond the election date. [mehr]
31. Januar 2019
Europa droht, im globalen Wettrennen um die Vorherrschaft bei Schlüsseltechnologien wie künstlicher Intelligenz von den USA und China abgehängt zu werden. Obwohl die Ursachen dieses Rückstandes sowohl auf Seiten der Wirtschaft als auch der Politik oftmals gut verstanden sind, gerät die Aufholjagd bislang nur stockend in Fahrt. Woran das liegt und welche Implikationen ein weiteres Zurückfallen für Europas Wohlstand und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit hat, beleuchtet DB Research-Ökonom Kevin Körner im Gespräch mit results, dem Unternehmer-Magazin der Deutschen Bank. [mehr]