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Introducing eastern Germany’s far-right intellectuals

On 5 February, Thomas Kemmerich of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) was elected as Minister President of Thuringia with the help of the Alternative for Germany (AfD). Sabine Volk explains that the incident, which has generated a heated reaction in Germany, highlights the role of far-right groups in shaping public debate in eastern Germany. Following the AfD’s coup in Thuringia and the resulting political earthquake in German party politics, eastern Germany has once again moved into the...

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Far-right, populist or bourgeois? How the election of Thuringia’s regional governor shakes up German politics

The election of liberal politician Thomas Kemmerich as regional governor of the German state of Thuringia has shaken up German politics. Julian Göpffarth writes that the surprise vote shows far-right ideas in Germany not only resonate with the economically left-behind, but also with an educated bourgeoisie. Wednesday, 5 February 2020 is likely to enter German post war history as a political earthquake. Against all expectations, the incumbent left-wing regional governor Bodo Ramelow, who has...

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Gender and Meritocracy: A Historical Perspective

Share the post "Gender and Meritocracy: A Historical Perspective" Meritocracy is out of fashion. It is critiqued by those concerned with social mobility and for its threat to academic excellence. For all of the hand-wringing, though, there hasn’t been much analysis of meritocracy as a concept: what it is, where it comes from, and whether it might be worth saving. This lack is felt especially in discussions about higher education, given that universities are tasked...

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Scholz’s improved plan to complete the banking union

The head of German Finance has written in the 'Financial Times' defending the need to deepen the banking union, now London is about to leave By: Rebecca Christie Date: November 8, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Germany’s finance minister wrote an op-ed to praise the idea of pan-European deposit insurance, but if this is progress, it’s only the start of the debate.Olaf Scholz wrote in the Financial Times of an “undeniable” need to deepen the euro area banking...

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Schaut in die Region!

Die deutsche Industriepolitik folgt bisher keiner klaren Strategie, sondern ist von Unternehmensinteressen getrieben. Das ist der falsche Weg.Bundeswirtschaftsminister Peter Altmaiers Idee, die Industriepolitik strategischer auszurichten, ist begrüßenswert. Denn vom Staat gesetzte Rahmenbedingungen bestimmen bereits heute die Richtung der Industrieentwicklung in Deutschland. Beispielsweise bevorzugt der Energiemarkt große energieintensive Unternehmen, während kleinere Unternehmen wie zum...

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The Case for Intelligent Industrial Policy

Although national industrial policies have a bad reputation, there is a strong case for government support to sectors that will increasingly rely on artificial intelligence. In this regard, the German government’s plan to promote production of electric-car batteries may accelerate an industrial renaissance in Europe. By: Dalia Marin Date: October 7, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Earlier this year, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier unveiled his “National...

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A sputtering car goes into reverse: The German recession and its consequences

Heiner Flassbeck and Patrick Kaczmarczyk write that amidst global political and economic fragility, the downturn in the Germany economy adds to the uncertainty in a world that, as Paul Krugman put it, has a “Germany problem”. It not only raises questions and doubts over the future of the largest European economy but, more importantly, over the future of the Eurozone and Europe as a whole. The German economy is struggling. Both the publication of the ifo business confidence index (a survey...

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Germany’s Divided Soul

Eastern Germans vote, think, and feel differently than western Germans do, as the results of the September 1 regional elections make clear. To help tackle the underlying economic causes of this divide, the federal government should introduce incentives to encourage foreign investment in the east of the country. By: Dalia Marin Date: September 13, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance MUNICH – This November, Germany will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of...

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Five things to know about Sunday’s elections in eastern Germany

The radical right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) made large gains in the Brandenburg and Saxony state elections on 1 September. Manès Weisskircher highlights five takeaways from the elections, noting that while the AfD captured the headlines, there were several other important developments. International media coverage has paid a lot of attention to the elections in Brandenburg and Saxony, two states in Germany’s east. Now that the votes have been counted, here are five things to know...

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Why Europe needs a change of mind-set to fend off the risks of recession

Recession! This is the new worry in Europe and the US. A simple look at google trends shows that in Germany, France and the US, search interest for recession peaked in the last weeks. In Italy, the peak already occurred end of January. Whether a recession is actually occurring is difficult to gauge in real time. But there can be no doubt that significant risks such as the trade war and no-deal Brexit exist. By: Guntram B. Wolff Date: September 2, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics &...

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