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German parliament XXL – stalled electoral reform ahead of elections 2021

9. Juli 2020
With Germany’s rather successful COVID-19 strategy and the recovery and stimulus packages broadly agreed, the question of Merkel’s successor and the next German federal elections in autumn 2021 are gradually getting closer political attention again. Parties are currently not only preparing for the election, but are also arguing about the electoral law: the present law allowed the Bundestag to grow from 598 mandates to the current record size of 709 mandates, with the 2021 election likely to result in an even bigger number of seats. The Bundestag just failed to pass a reform before the summer break and thus in time for the 2021 elections. However, political and public pressure to find a solution is high and will keep the issue on the political agenda. [mehr]

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5. März 2018
2018/19 wird für die Zukunft der EU-Finanzen von entscheidender Bedeutung sein. Im Vergleich zu früheren Haushaltsverhandlungen steht die EU dieses Mal vor deutlich größeren Herausforderungen, zumal durch den Austritt Großbritanniens aus der Union jedes Jahr eine Lücke von über 10 Mrd. Euro im EU-Haushalt klaffen wird. Würde zur Deckung der Brexit-Lücke und der zusätzlichen Ausgaben der EU-Haushalt deutlich aufgestockt, hätte dies – wie unsere Szenarioanalyse zeigt – vor allem negative Auswirkungen für die Nettozahler in West- und Nordeuropa. Unter schmerzhaften Einschnitten im EU-Haushalt hingegen würden insbesondere die Mitgliedstaaten in Osteuropa leiden. Zusätzlich erschwert wird die Lage durch den Wegfall des Britenrabatts und die zu erwartende Streichung jeglicher „Rabatte auf den Rabatt“. Prioritätensetzung, Effizienz, Subsidiarität und Kostenverteilung gehören folglich zu den zentralen Diskussionspunkten um den zukünftigen EU-Haushalt. [mehr]
8. Dezember 2017
No real surprises hidden in the “Saint Nicholas” reform package from Brussels, a detailed set of reform proposals and communications that the European Commission published as a “roadmap” for deepening EMU. The proposals build on Commission President Juncker’s September State of the Union speech and, in essence, match closely with the French vision of more stabilization and risk-sharing in the EU, while they also try to meet German demands for better supervision of fiscal rules. The strong focus on anchoring any further integration of the Monetary Union - such as the reform of the ESM and the introduction of a Eurozone budget - in the institutional framework also illustrates the wariness in Brussels of being sidelined in its fiscal competencies and to allow the euro area to further develop on its own. [mehr]
1. Dezember 2017
Beyond the Catalan referendum, independence movements in Europe seem to enjoy a revival. But calls for greater autonomy or even secession are not just about cultural identity - financial discrepancies between regions also play a major role. Unsurprisingly, most of the regions with strong separatist tendencies are amongst the wealthiest in their respective countries. Calls for (more) independence seem to be loudest when national financial equalization mechanisms lead to results that are perceived as disproportional, such as in Spain or Italy. [mehr]
1. Dezember 2017
The fluid political situation in Germany threatens to stall EU policymaking in a number of fields, above all the build-out of the euro area. The EU summit on Dec 14/15 is unlikely to yield an agreement on a potential roadmap for reforming the monetary union making it even more difficult to take final decisions in June 2018 as envisaged by the EU Commission. This will in return dampen optimism that a French-German tandem will provide a fresh impetus to the EU as a whole before the European Parliament elections in 2019. [mehr]
17. November 2017
Der Euro kann seinen zweiten Platz unter den weltweit wichtigsten Reservewährungen bislang problemlos verteidigen. In Q2 2017 lag sein Anteil an den zugeordneten Währungsreserven nach Angaben des IWF bei 19,9%. Der US-Dollar bleibt mit 63,8% die unangefochtene Nummer eins unter den Reservewährungen. Doch sowohl der Euro als auch der Dollar mussten Anteile zugunsten anderer (nicht-traditioneller) Reservewährungen aufgeben. Ungeachtet der Frage, ob dies strukturellen Entwicklungen oder (vorübergehenden) Verschiebungen in der Reserveallokation geschuldet ist – die Diskussion um die führende Weltreservewährung (oder führenden Reservewährungen) des 21. Jahrhunderts gewinnt dadurch zweifelsohne an Bedeutung. [mehr]
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]
8. August 2017
Defence policy and defence expenditures have moved into the light of public attention ahead of September parliamentary elections, fuelled by US criticism of Europe’s NATO spending, the experience of the refugee crisis but also regained momentum for European integration. While NATO membership and EU defence integration is supported by the German public, a majority rejects an increase in the military budget. To reach NATO’s 2% of GDP target by 2024, defence expenditures would have to more than double within seven years. Mainstream parties agree that a more holistic security framework is required but they are divided on the details, in particular when it comes to the question on how much to spend for it. [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]
9. Juni 2017
The reflection paper contains two stages for the evolution of EMU. The first stage is about completing processes that remain open, for example, the Banking Union (BU) and the Capital Markets Union (CMU). Even here the decisions are not without political controversy, such as deposit
insurance and a fiscal back stop for the Single Resolution Fund. [mehr]