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A looming black-green coalition: Painful compromises needed

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]

Weitere Dokumente von Barbara Böttcher

57 (37-48)
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]
22. August 2017
Seit 2010 ist das Steueraufkommen in Deutschland um ein Drittel auf EUR 706 Mrd. gestiegen. Wenn Deutschland im internationalen Vergleich mit einer Aufkommensquote von 22,9% des BIP gleichwohl als Niedrigsteuerland erscheint, trügt das Bild, weil der deutsche Sozialstaat weitgehend über zusätzliche Abgaben finanziert wird. Bei der Gesamtbelastung liegt Deutschland über dem OECD-Durchschnitt und die Steuerstruktur ist ungünstig. Es erscheint sinnvoll, v.a. die steile Progression der Einkommensteuer bei geringeren und mittleren Einkommen abzuflachen. Mit Reformvorschlägen für die Einkommensteuer werben die Parteien um die Medianwähler und die eigene Klientel. Unter dem Strich ergeben sich unterschiedliche Entlastungseffekte. [mehr]
8. August 2017
Prognose für das deutsche BIP-Wachstum in Q2 auf 0,8% angehoben. Starker privater Konsum belebt den Einzelhandel. Deutscher Fiskalausblick: Idealzustand währt nicht ewig! EZB: Zwei Schritte vorwärts, einer zurück. [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]
19. Mai 2017
Last Sunday the CDU won the important election in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), defeating the SPD in its major stronghold (33 vs 31.2%). The result indicates an end to the SPD’s upswing following the nomination of Schulz as Chancellor Merkel’s contender, and thus confirms our earlier cautious view on the likely sustainability of this development. [mehr]
23. März 2017
With developments in the UK and the US, populism was a key theme in 2016. But does the perception of 2016 as “the year of the populists” really fit for Europe? A closer look suggests that while populism was an omnipresent theme in public discourse, support for populist parties in polls rather remained stable and elections did not translate into outright populist wins. The rise of populist parties has however been a multi-year trend. Populists can affect national politics in various ways. One possible effect is that forming a government (coalition) often gets more complicated and time-consuming and results in more fragile governments. Another is populists’ potential impact on policy discussions’ style and content. Pursuing policies with long-term benefits but which are often not instantly popular becomes more difficult ‒ both at the national and the European level. [mehr]
11. Februar 2017
At a meeting in Munich, the executive committees of the CDU and the CSU have largely demonstrated unanimity and the willingness to close the ranks behind Chancellor Merkel in the imminent election campaign after months of tension over Merkel’s refugee policy. The meeting is meant as the start signal of a joint campaign which aims at keeping Chancellor Merkel in office and preventing a “left republic”, the term the CSU uses to describe a coalition among the SPD, the Left and the Greens. As an anchor for a common campaign a joint election platform shall be launched. The platform is likely to focus on external and internal security, (income) tax reductions, support for families, prosperity and jobs and European policy. The Bavarian CSU, however, will stick to its demand for an upper limit on migration of 200,000 p.a. as a major element of its own complementary platform for Bavaria, weakening the signal of unanimity at a time when the SPD is surging in polls. [mehr]