Don’t Sacrifice the EU for Trade with Britain
Contribution, 19 April 2017 Michael Hüther for Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung

Don’t Sacrifice the EU for Trade with Britain Arrow

Since the UK is the third most important export destination for German businesses and the British share some views on economic governance with Germans, the question arises about the German position in the Brexit negotiations. A contributin by IW Director Michael Hüther for German Newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung. more

European Monetary Union – Euro debt crisis does not justify deeper integration
IW News, 4 April 2017 European Monetary Union

Crisis does not justify a deeper integration Arrow

Today, the College of Commissioners debates the future of EMU in the context of the recent White Paper. A common claim suggests that the euro debt crisis showed that EMU was not sustainable without more fiscal integration. However, this view does not take into account that important reasons for the crisis were exceptional and are unlikely to reoccur. A similar crisis can be prevented instead by reforms focused on the financial sector.  more

Event
Event, 9 May 2017 Presentation

CO2 Compendium on CO2 regulation for motor vehicles in Europe Arrow

The transportation sector faces special challenges in the process of decarbonisation, since the need for mobility – both for people and goods – is rapidly increasing around the world, especially in the emerging economies. Because of road traffic’s key position in mobility, the future CO2 regulation of cars and trucks will play a substantial role in climate policy. more

Contribution, 23 March 2017 Michael Hüther for Handelsblatt Global

Is the West Disintegrating?Arrow

Is the West Disintegrating?

The West will not be able to continue espousing values of liberal democracy if it keeps ignoring poverty, growing domestic inequality and widespread anti-elitist attitudes, Russell Berman and Michael Hüther argue. more

Is the West Disintegrating?
Contribution, 23 March 2017 Michael Hüther for Handelsblatt Global

Is the West Disintegrating? Arrow

The West will not be able to continue espousing values of liberal democracy if it keeps ignoring poverty, growing domestic inequality and widespread anti-elitist attitudes, Russell Berman and Michael Hüther argue.  more

Contribution, 29 March 2017 Berthold Busch, Matthias Diermeier, Henry Goecke and Michael Hüther for LSE

Article 50 and game theory: the EU will drive a hard bargain Arrow

Having triggered Article 50 of the EU Treaty, the British government officially kicked off the Brexit negotiations on March 29. Until today, both parties pretended not to give in and instead promised a tough negotiation strategy. Game theory offers one way of testing the reliability of these claims and allowing the negotiations to be seen for what they are: a strategically driven, tactical game in which each side attempts to realise their own interests. more

Nationale Hindernisse für eine grenzüberschreitende Patientenversorgung in der EU
IW policy paper, 27 March 2017 Susanna Kochskämper

Why is it used so little? Arrow

Why do so few patients know that they are allowed to be treated in other EU member states – on the same terms as within their own state and without additional health insurance? And why is this potential so far hardly used, even though national health systems could benefit from it? Cost advantages resulting from medical treatment of patients abroad fully benefit the country of affiliation. more

ECB at the Crossroads
IW-Kurzbericht, 27 March 2017 Markus Demary / Michael Hüther

ECB at the Crossroads Arrow

The ECB has left its policy interest rates unchanged despite inflationary pressures stemming from a strengthened recovery and from rising oil prices. Although the ECB’s Governing Council did not discuss a renewal of the long-term refinancing operations, which will expire in 2020, its monetary policy stance is still too accommodative.  more

iwd, 22 March 2017 EU

60 years Treaty of Rome Arrow

The European Union looks back on 60 years of economic cooperation. The first attempts to political integration are even older, but failed in the French parliament. Currently, however, closer cooperation in security and defense policy is urgently needed. more

Be careful with benchmarking in pension policy
IW News, 17 March 2017 Pension Systems

Be careful with benchmarking in pension policy Arrow

The Eurogroup will look into the possibility of introducing benchmarking in pension policy. Most European pension systems face a similar demographic challenge. Yet, they differ in many aspects. If this is not taken into account, a benchmarking process is likely to fail its purpose. more