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German Economy

Why Taxation Must Go Global

Wolfgang Schäuble | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Wolfgang Schäuble

Rules that were devised for this in the 1920s and 1930s are no longer suitable for today's international integration of economic processes and corporate structures. They need to be adapted to the economic reality of digital services.

The Architect of Germany's Third Industrial Revolution: an Interview with Jeremy Rifkin

Todd R. Miller | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Todd R. Miller

The architect of Germany's energy revolution, economist Jeremy Rifkin, argues that green energy critics have it backwards when it comes to the impact of renewable energy on economic growth.

Hype and Reality: American Economic Numbers

David Coates | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
David Coates

It is true that the rate of economic growth has quickened, but that rate is still low by pre-recession standards. In July the IMF actually cut the U.S. growth forecast for 2014 to just 1.7 percent, the CBO's in August was just 1.5 percent. These are not stellar growth numbers.

Germany Has the Most Unequal Distribution of Wealth in the Eurozone

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 09.27.2014 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

Germany has the most unequal distribution of wealth in the eurozone. In this sense, Germany faces the same challenge as China: a high-export and saving economy which needs to rebalance through policies that create a greater flow of wealth to households, thus spurring greater consumption. This, in turn, can create demand for imports from Germany's European neighbors.

Germany Should Lead by Example -- Not By Bailouts

Otmar Issing | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Otmar Issing

Complaints about the imposition of a "teutonic regime" and appeals for German leadership seem to contradict each other - a kind of continent-wide cognitive dissonance. In fact, the complaints and calls for leadership are mutually reinforcing. The implementation of austerity policies in the periphery has caused these countries to ask for help and request that Germany take the lead by putting more money on the European table. Nobody would deny that Germany has an interest in preserving the euro. So why shouldn't it support its partners with financial help to overcome the crisis?

The German Export Machine

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Germany is simply doing what everyone else does, only doing it better. Rather than criticize the Germans, we should study what they are doing, learn from them and strive to emulate them.

How Do Those Germans Do It and What Does it Mean for the U.S.?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Paul Krugman has a piece up today about how Germany's large and persistent trade surpluses play an important, destructive role in the slump in the rest of the Euro area -- essentially, they import much-needed labor demand from the rest of the zone.

German Union Members Go on Strike

David Macaray | Posted 06.24.2013 | World
David Macaray

It's doubtful those faux-admirers of German labor unions will remain consistent and approve of the Lufthansa strike. That's because they despise anything that disrupts commerce.

German Growth Goes Negative But Merkel's Press Becomes More Glowing

William K. Black | Posted 03.18.2013 | World
William K. Black

It is good to be Angela Merkel. Growth in Germany goes sharply negative in the last quarter of 2012 and press reports emphasize how sound the German economy is because it is a net exporter.

Lesson From Germany: If You Want a Middle Class, Keep Your Industrial Base

Gerhard Schroeder | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
Gerhard Schroeder

Europe is at a crossroads. The wider European Union needs to decide whether to promote growth, speak with a common voice on global issues and play a significant global role in the 21st century -- or to accept that the world will move on without Europe.

Is German Bad News Good News for Europe?

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

With so many understandably focused on Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, few noticed this week's economic numbers out of Germany -- a key part of the European puzzle. Yet the latest data releases could well prove consequential.

Protesters Demand Wealth Tax

AP | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business

BERLIN -- Thousands of people across Germany have protested for the introduction of taxes on wealth and financial transactions. Organizers said Satur...

Not Even Germany Can Escape The Debt Crisis

Reuters | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business

LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) - The euro zone is likely to have slipped back into recession in the current quarter, according to a survey published on We...

'The Last Positive Piece Of News Out Of Germany For Some Time'

Reuters | Posted 10.13.2012 | Business

* Euro zone economy shrinks 0.2 percent in Q2 * Germany posts slower growth of 0.3 percent * France stag...

'Even Germany's Resilience Is Not Unlimited'

Reuters | Posted 09.23.2012 | Business

By Madeline Chambers BERLIN, July 24 (Reuters) - The prospect of Europe's biggest economy losing its cherished AAA credit status has u...

The European Debt Crisis: An Alternative Solution

Aris Protopapadakis | Posted 09.17.2012 | Business
Aris Protopapadakis

Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain are becoming increasingly uncompetitive economically relative to Germany. A higher average inflation rate in Germany can help reverse this slide.

The European German Crisis

The European Magazine | Posted 08.15.2012 | World
The European Magazine

I am presumably in the same position as most others: Neither do I fully understand what is happening, nor do I believe that those in power have a better grasp of it.

Are We Entering an Era of "Brain Circulation"?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Dorian de Wind

The economies in southern Europe, especially the unemployment figures, are not a pretty sight. The unemployment in Spain "just hit a depression-leve...

The Apprentice vs. American Idol

John Zipperer | Posted 06.04.2012 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Once in a while, just a few minutes on the radio encapsulates some very telling features of our culture.



German Economy Likely Shrunk Last Quarter Stoking Recession Fears

AP | KIRSTEN GRIESHABER and DAVID McHUGH | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business

BERLIN — Germany's economy slipped into reverse in the last quarter of 2011 despite posting strong growth of 3 percent for the full year, the co...

Germany Forced to be Europe's Sole Savior

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 12.27.2011 | World
Nake M. Kamrany

Chancellor Merkel has no other choice but saving the weak countries by aiding with full strength to not jeopardize her own economy. The public will have to understand and accept the lesser evil.

Spain's Troubles Are Tied to Eurozone Policies

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

It has become fashionable since Spain's economy began to decline to make comparisons to Germany, which is rebounding strongly. This story does not fit the economic facts very well.

German History, the Financial Crisis and Democracy in Danger

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

The Germans can provide us with a frightening cautionary example of where we might be headed during this financial crisis. They have been there, they have done that, and it wasn't pretty.