1. Research

Kevin Körner

71 (25-36)
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]
22. August 2019
The digital transformation has enriched societal discourse through new forms of multilateral communication, but it has also amplified the spread of misinformation, echo chambers and propaganda, offering authoritarian states new means of surveillance and control. How democracies approach this challenge will be a key factor in their performance, given intensifying competition among political systems. [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]
19. August 2019
We see Germany in a technical recession, as we expect another ¼% GDP drop in Q3. Our forecast for 2019 is now 0.3%. Given no indication for a rebound we lowered our 2020 forecast to 0.7%. We acknowledge these revisions do not properly account for the recent accumulation of risks. Given the increasingly fragile state of the global economy, the realization of one or more risks could easily push the economy into a completely different scenario, where growth revisions of a few tenths of a percentage point will not be sufficient. (Also in this issue: German automotive industry, chemical industry, house prices, corporate lending, the view from Berlin, digital politics.) [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]