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European Parliament elections 2019: The next “battle for Europe”?

24. Oktober 2018
Accelerated by the consequences of the financial/economic and migration crisis, the influence of anti-European, anti-migration movements with a populist playbook in the EU is growing. For the EU, the next crucial stocktaking of voters’ sentiment will be the 2019 elections for the European Parliament on 23-26 May. The European political landscape and with it the composition of national parliaments in the EU member states has changed over the last five years and in some countries substantially so. These shifts can be expected to be reflected in the next European Parliament as well, and – as already the case in the Council – impact European policymaking. [mehr]

Weitere Dokumente von Kevin Körner

37 Dokumente
19. Dezember 2019
Im abgelaufenen Jahr haben uns unsere Kunden ungewöhnlich viele Fragen zur deutschen Konjunkturentwicklung, der Zukunft der Groko und natürlich auch zur „Schwarzen Null“ gestellt, aber es kamen auch deutlich mehr grundsätzliche Fragen zu Deutschlands Zukunft vor dem Hintergrund einer wohl dauerhafteren Umkehr des Globalisierungstrends, den Herausforderungen durch die Umweltpolitik, der Zukunft der deutschen Automobilindustrie oder auch, ob Deutschland bei der Digitalisierung und anderen Zukunftstechnologien den Anschluss verloren hat. Wir haben uns deshalb auch mit diesen Themen in dem vorliegenden Bericht beschäftigt. In 2020 könnte sich der Welthandel im Jahresverlauf allmählich stabilisieren und damit könnte auch die Rezession in der deutschen Industrie zu Ende gehen. Die Ausrüstungsinvestitionen dürften im Jahr 2020 sinken. Die Wachstumsmotoren im Inland, privater und staatlicher Konsum und die Bauinvestitionen, sollten sich aber weiterhin solide entwickeln. Allerdings ist die Beschleunigung der Wachstumsrate von 0,5% im Jahr 2019 auf 1% in 2020 eine fragile Angelegenheit, basiert sie doch vor allem auf einer ungewöhnlich hohen Zahl von Arbeitstagen in 2020. [mehr]
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]