Future of the European Monetary Union – how to deepen the Eurozone?
Event, 28 June 2017 Working Breakfast

Future of the European Monetary Union Arrow

The Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW Köln) and the Association of German Banks (BdB) have successfully launched a series of events on the topic of the European Financial Markets. more

Ensuring accountability in modern trade policy
IW-Report, 27 June 2017 Jürgen Matthes / Ilaria Maselli

Ensuring accountability in modern trade policy Arrow

Attempts to foster trade liberalisation with a new generation of trade agreements aimed at lowering non-tariff barriers face opposition among the general public. Many fear that trade liberalisation risks lowering the level of protection embedded in regulations that are aimed at safeguarding social rights, health and the environment.  more

Free Trade between Europe and Japan – hope for global prosperity
Contribution, 20 June 2017 Hubertus Bardt on KKC International Platform

Free Trade between Europe and Japan – hope for global prosperity Arrow

In an environment with growing protectionism and the danger of economic disintegration and shocks for the global trade policy system, a free trade agreement between Japan and Europe could set a positive example. Progress in the negotiations are necessary to foster growth and prosperity and to send a message to other countries, that modern market economies rely on good trade relations. more

German investment becomes focus of international politics
IW-Kurzbericht, 7 June 2017 Michael Grömling

German investment becomes focus of international politics Arrow

Overall investment activity in Germany is currently a hot topic in international economic policy discussions. In the controversy over Germany’s large current account surpluses, the argument is regularly put forward that imports of goods lag behind exports due to the overly weak domestic demand within Germany. more

European SME Policy – Recommendations for a Growth-Oriented Agenda
IW policy paper, 31 May 2017 Klaus-Heiner Röhl

European SME Policy – Recommendations for a Growth-Oriented Agenda Arrow

As a result of the European debt crisis, start-ups and established small and medium-sized companies have returned into focus for policy-makers in Brussels. They hope that SMEs create more jobs and growth. Despite this, the concerns of SMEs are still not at the heart of economic policy and regulation. more

Public investment is not a panacea
IW News, 23 May 2017 German current account surplus

Public investment is not a panacea Arrow

The European Commission criticized again the high current account surplus in Germany. It suggest increasing public investment as one possible way to tackle the problem. Simulations show however that the effect of public investment on the current account is limited.  more

First IW Financial Expert Survey
Press Release, 19 May 2017 Markus Demary

Launch of the IW Financial Expert Survey Arrow

The experts of banks and insurance companies expect interest rates to increase in this and the forthcoming quarter. At the same time they predict a higher oil price and a depreciation of the Euro. These are the results of the first IW Financial Expert Survey of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW). The survey is the continuation of the former ZEW-Prognosetest of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). more