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Current Account Surplus: Policy Makers Virtually Powerless

Crane lifting bis container in yard © bugphai – iStockphotoGermany’s current account surplus is set to remain very high for the foreseeable future, with German policy makers largely unable to prevent it. Due to either political or technical obstacles, there is little chance that specific measures to reduce the German current account balance can be implemented on the necessary scale. That is the finding of a report prepared by the Kiel Institute on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance. Read more...


DIE and IfW hand over T20 leadership to Argentinian partners

G20_Gipfel_think20dialogue_2017_Internet_RGB_L-01.jpgWashington D.C. - Representatives from the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy met in Washington, D.C. with senior Argentine government and academic representatives. The meeting formally marked the transfer of the Think20 (T20) leadership to the two Argentine research institutions CARI and CIPPEC. Argentina will take over the G20 presidency from Germany at the end of this year. Read more...


Joint Economic Forecast—Upturn Remains Robust

GD_teaser1Twitter-FB_Bild_984px.jpgThe German economic upturn has gained both in terms of strength and breadth. In addition to consumer spending, external trade and investments are now also contributing to economic expansion. These are the conclusions drawn by the economic research institutes in their autumn report for the German federal government. Gross Domestic Product is likely to grow by 1.9 percent this year and by 2 percent in 2019. Read more...

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