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EU summit – pragmatism to win over reform ambitions

15. Juni 2018
The European Council meeting on June 28-29 is fraught with expectation of a breakthrough on EA reforms. However, while the aim of strengthening the resilience of the euro area is shared, means, scope and sequencing of action remain subject to debate. Also, it is open how the change of the political leadership in parts of the EA will affect the process. [mehr]

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62 (13-24)
8. Mai 2020
Weaker-than-expected March hard data and shocking April survey data point to a lower trough in economic activity than assumed so far. We now see Q2 GDP falling by 14% qoq, with the risks still skewed to the downside. In the 2009 recession, private consumption acted as a massive shock absorber. Given the lockdown, social distancing and a likely severe hit to income expectations, we expect private consumption to fall by 10% in 2020. The asynchronous global development of the COVID-19 pandemic and lasting impediments to global trade, will make the recovery, which began in May and will become more evident in H2, less dynamic than hoped for earlier. As a result, we expect German GDP to decline by 9% this year and to expand by about 4% in 2021. [mehr]
24. April 2020
The press statement of European Council President Michel after yesterday’s video conference of EU leaders remained vague on the EU’s joint fiscal response to the COVID-19 crisis. EU leaders endorsed their earlier agreement on the EUR 540 bn package of safety nets and also agreed “to work towards establishing a recovery fund”, asking the Commission to rapidly prepare a proposal of what this requires. Interlinking the EU's recovery plan with the budget might add another layer of complexity but could also serve as a spur for rapid agreements on both matters. [mehr]
16. April 2020
Merkel’s cabinet in consultation with the PMs of the 16 federal states agreed to partially lift containment measures but curbing health risks clearly dominated economic risks of a longer shutdown. The decisions taken will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis with the next meeting of political leaders on April 30. A European coordination of (national) exit strategies is important for Germany given its strong economic interlinkages with other member states. [mehr]
7. April 2020
Um die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus einzudämmen, haben die EU-Regierungen den Grenzverkehr in den vergangenen Wochen in unterschiedlichem Umfang vorübergehend wieder eingeschränkt. Die Maßnahmen reichen von Grenzkontrollen bis hin zu Grenzschließungen. Dies hatte zuweilen ernsthafte Auswirkungen auf den Frachtverkehr; die Grenzkontrollen führten zu kilometerlangen Staus, wie etwa zwischen Polen und Deutschland. [mehr]
18. März 2020
Corona recession – depth probably close to 2009 slump. Within days lock-down measures and (temporary) factory closures have reached a level that suggests a far bigger H1 contraction than previously thought. In our new baseline scenario we expect GDP to decline between 4% and 5% in 2020, notwithstanding a recovery in H2, as – in contrast to 2009 – the service sector will be hard hit, too. (Also in this issue: the German government's support measures, labour market, industrial recession, auto industry, corporate lending, the view from Berlin) [mehr]
12. Februar 2020
Deutsche Konjunktur – immer anfälliger. Aufgrund der sehr schwachen Dezember-Daten erscheint ein leichter BIP-Rückgang in Q4 2019 wahrscheinlich. Zudem stellt das Coronavirus ein Risiko für die globale Erholung dar, da die Hoffnungen auf einer Belebung der chinesischen Wirtschaft ruhen. Dieser Faktor dürfte auch das deutsche BIP-Wachstum in Q1 0,2%-Punkte kosten. Eine technische Rezession im Winterhalbjahr erscheint durchaus möglich. (Außerdem in dieser Ausgabe: Deutsche Staatsfinanzen, Arbeitsmarkt, Autokonjunktur, Berliner Wohnungsmarkt, regionale Unterschiede im Bankgeschäft, (politischer) Sturm über Deutschland) [mehr]
10. Februar 2020
After very weak December data a small drop in Q4 GDP seems likely. Looking forward, the coronavirus provides a substantial risk for the expected global recovery, as hopes were pinned on an improvement of the Chinese economy. We assume that the corona outbreak will shave off 0.2pp of Germany's Q1 GDP, making a technical recession quite probable during the winter half. [mehr]
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]
8. Juli 2019
In case of a snap election in Germany, a CDU/CSU-Greens coalition could be an option. Given both camps' radically different political positions in many areas, such a coalition would require both to make significant compromises. A black-green government would need to direct its focus and its available financial resources to climate protection and the energy transition. Corporates and consumers would have to bear considerable costs. This also spells a dilemma for fiscal policy. A larger share of government spending would necessarily have to be allocated to providing subsidies and mitigating the social impact of a quicker energy transition. Citizens and corporates cannot hope for major tax relief. (Also included in this issue: German goods exports, German industry, labour market, automotive business cycle.) [mehr]
5. Februar 2019
Given much weaker than expected January business surveys and in particular the slump in their more forward-looking components we are now expecting the German economy to contract again in Q1 2019. Due to the yet unknown Q4 GDP outcome and its contradictory signals we currently refrain from formally revising our 1% GDP forecast lower again, but are expecting to shave off several tenths of a percentage point come February 22nd, unless the Statistical Offices Q4 GDP breakdown – and the new monthly data available by then – provide us with substantial positive surprises. While a technical recession might be avoided by a hair’s breadth with a positive Q4 number, the development of several key cyclical indicators is telling us that the German economy is drifting towards recession right now. [mehr]
13. Dezember 2018
Auch wenn der BIP-Rückgang um 0,2% gg. Vq. in Q3 vor allem auf den WLTP-Effekt zurückzuführen war, hat sich das zugrunde liegende Wachstum im Jahr 2018 ganz klar verlangsamt. Nach einer Expansion um 1,6% im Jahr 2018 prognostizieren wir nun für 2019 ein Wachstum von 1,3%. 2020 ist trotz eines spürbaren, positiven Arbeitstageeffekts nur mit einer geringfügigen Beschleunigung zu rechnen, da die Abschwächung des weltweiten Wachstums und eine Aufwertung des Euro für kräftigen externen Gegenwind sorgen dürften. [mehr]