Generalstreik in Griechenland
Jürgen Matthes on bankingnews.gr

Syriza's failed gamble Arrow

About a year ago, leftist Syriza party took power in Greece. IW economist Jürgen Matthes speaks to bankingnews.gr about austerity measures, structural reforms and missed opportunities. more

Transatlantic data transfers
Transatlantic data transfers

No end to the Safe Harbor vacuum Arrow

Sunday (31st) marks the deadline for a new Safe Harbor agreement on transatlantic data transfers. It is unlikely that this deadline will be met. The victims of the ongoing legal uncertainty are thousands of businesses across Europe. They need legal certainty to be able to plan ahead. more

Federal Reserve
Federal Reserve

Fed leaves interest rates unchanged Arrow

The US central bank Fed has decided not to raise interest rates in its most recent meeting – even though in December, it signaled it would end its low interest rate policy. Yet, it hasn't abandoned a return to higher interest rates. On the contrary. more

Study on monetary policy decisions

Fed Increases, ECB Sits TightArrow

Study on monetary policy decisions

Investors eagerly await the Federal Reserve Bank’s and the European Central Bank’s forthcoming interest rate decisions. When will both central banks start hiking their policy interest rates? A study from the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) shows that the Fed will start its lift-off this year, while the ECB will stick to its accommodative monetary policy further on.more

Markus Demary / Michael Hüther IW Monetary Outlook October 2015
Study on monetary policy decisions
Study on monetary policy decisions

Fed Increases, ECB Sits Tight Arrow

Investors eagerly await the Federal Reserve Bank’s and the European Central Bank’s forthcoming interest rate decisions. When will both central banks start hiking their policy interest rates? A study from the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) shows that the Fed will start its lift-off this year, while the ECB will stick to its accommodative monetary policy further on. more

Online platforms
Online platforms

Europe needs to strike a balance Arrow

More and more goods, services and data are traded on online platforms. This results in new challenges that regulation so far has not kept pace with. The European Union needs to change this quickly, according to a new analysis done by experts from the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW). What is needed now is a balance between legal certainty and fostering innovation. more

Euro Area
Euro Area

Policy Preferences Have to be Taken Seriously into Account Arrow

Research of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research shows that different preferences for the design of fiscal, social and labour market policy need to be reflected in European policy-making. A long-term convergence of these would be necessary to provide essential ground for further integration measures.  more

EU Data Protection Regulation
EU Data Protection Regulation

Too late, too general Arrow

After four years of negotiations, the EU has reached an agreement about the Data Protection Reform. It will replace a patchwork of 28 national regulations and strengthen user rights. But particularly the so-called right to data portability might eventually harm competition. more