„After Merkel: Germany’s Tax State Faces Its Limits“

Dieser Kommentar von mir erschien bei the Globalist: Denying the root causes for the increased frustration of the public with existing policies is not going to regain trust. “Populism” will continue to gain support. The answer that many German politicians, many in the middle and certainly all those left of center, offer to address social […]

„After Merkel: Lax Migration Rules Trigger More Poverty“

Dieser Kommentar von mir erschien bei the Globalist: The entire increase in the share of people running the risk of poverty since 2005 is due to the bigger share of immigrants in the German society. Populists are gaining support in Germany. Why? First, a practical definition: Being „populist“ means opposing the narrative of open borders, […]

„Welcome to Poor Germany“

Mein folgender Kommentar erschien bei the Globalist: How the Merkel government is risking Germany’s future by underinvestment and other ill-applied policy approaches. „Poor Germany?“ Really? Is that not a crass overstatement? Isn’t Germany the powerhouse of Europe, boosting a huge export surplus, historical low unemployment and shrinking government debt? Yes, it is. But this view […]

„How the Merkel Government Makes up Its Statistics“

Mein Kommentar erschien bei the Globalist: In reality, German government debt levels have been going up during Merkel’s 12-year reign – and this despite a booming economy. Since the founding of the Federal Republic in 1949, the German government always used to be known for sound accounting, especially when it came to public finance. No […]

„Will Italy Spell the End of the Euro?“

France and Germany will be very flexible in their response to Italian demands, irrespective of the official rhetoric from Berlin and Paris. Politicians and financial markets remained surprisingly relaxed after the recent Italian election. Their expectation was that the newly elected parties would act like all Italian parties before and forget about the promises they […]

Trump’s Trade Policy: An Opportunity for Germany

Dieser Kommentar von mir erschien beim the Globalist: History teaches that everyone suffers from trade wars, but the biggest pain is incurred by those who run the big surpluses once it starts. U.S. President Donald Trump is getting serious with his threats to global trade relations. This would be particularly harmful for Germany, the world […]

„How Germany’s Current-Account Surplus Will Correct Itself“

The Economist magazine just featured Germany on its cover, with the message „Why Germany`s current-account surplus is bad for the world Economy.“ Being on the cover of The Economist is not necessarily a good sign. The magazine has a track record of bad timing, often presenting a topic on the cover as a real problem […]

„Is Germany Really Poverty-Stricken?“

Dieser Kommentar erschien bei the Globalist. Nach der Veröffentlichung kam die Presseabteilung des DIW auf mich zu und bat um einige Korrekturen. So war die Abkürzung falsch erklärt und die Zugehörigkeit zum Sachverständigenrat der Bundesregierung nicht richtig wiedergegeben. Das sollte gerade mir nicht passieren und war deshalb umso ärgerlicher. Darüber hinaus stellte das DIW fest, dass nach deren Daten […]

„European Peripheral Bond Risk Explodes: Forget Brexit, ‚Now It’s Italy’s Turn‘“

Eine abgewandelte Version meines Beitrags für das Manager Magazin in der letzten Woche habe ich bei the Globalist veröffentlicht. Zudem wurde es von Zero Hedge aufgegriffen und etwas ergänzt. Hier diese Version: If there was any doubt that Brexit was „relevant“ then the surges in European peripheral bond risk, despite massive bond-buying by The ECB, should send […]

„Dismantle the Central Banks!“

It’s over. Trust in the once almighty power of the central banks has almost completely vanished. Sure, there are still some holdouts who believe that central banks could fix all problems in the real economy as well as in financial markets, primarily by just printing more money. As becomes clearer every day, central banks are not […]