Germany

The German economy is not as strong as it looks because of low internal investment and adverse demographic trends

The German economy has generally been perceived as the strongest in the Eurozone, particularly since the start of the financial crisis. Terence Tse argues that while the country has impressive headline economic figures, the situation is not quite as healthy as it appears. He notes that levels of internal investment are relatively low in comparison to other European countries, and […]

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The SPD’s ‘referendum’ on the German coalition agreement poses legitimate problems, but it could also reaffirm citizens’ confidence in party politics

Last month, the SPD and Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU negotiated an agreement to form Germany’s next government. Before the agreement can be put into practice, however, it will be subject to a ‘referendum’ among the SPD’s membership. Fabio Wolkenstein writes that while the referendum has been criticised from a democratic and legal standpoint, it may have the potential to strengthen the […]

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The eurozone crisis has made Germany the scapegoat of Europe.

Germany has been less affected by the eurozone’s problems than many of its neighbours and the country has experienced a relative increase in its economic standing within the EU. As Sebastian Pfeffer notes, however, Germany’s power ensures that it must bear the bulk of the responsibility for solving the crisis. Arguing that EU governments have a long history of shifting […]

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