1. 30.07.2018 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    Climate, Weather, and Air
    As a result of the prolonged drought, many farmers in Germany are fearing severe crop losses and are calling for tax-funded government assistance.

    Farmers in some regions of Germany have been experiencing crop failures as a result of the persistently warm and dry weather. Against this background, the German Farmers’ Association has asked federal and state authorities for financial support of one billion euros. Dr. Daniel Osberghaus, researcher in the Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management” at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, offers his view on the matter.

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  2. 26.07.2018 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    Real estate | Real estate market | Monetary target | Monetary policy decisions | ECB

    The European Central Bank (ECB) has once again chosen not to announce any changes since the Governing Council’s previous meeting in June. The real estate markets in particular would have been grateful for a clear signal indicating when and how gradually the bank is planning to move back in the direction of higher interest rates. This affects not only the German real estate market, but other European markets as well, including Austria, the Netherlands and France. Professor Steffen Sebastian, professor of real estate financing at the International Real Estate Business School (IREBS) at the University of Regensburg and a research associate at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, shares his view on the matter.

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  3. 26.07.2018 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    ECB | Monetary target | Monetary policy decisions

    As expected, the European Central Bank (ECB) has not made any changes to its interest rate policy in its latest decision. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the ZEW Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, explains the ECB's decision.

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  4. 18.07.2018 · ZEW ()
    Comment

    Both German and French agricultural ministers have spoken out against reducing EU agricultural spending and called for the agricultural budget to be maintained at its current level. In a joint study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, researchers have found that the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) provides only limited added value to the EU, and recommend a comprehensive redistribution of funds in favour of other policy areas. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the ZEW Research Department “Corporation Taxation and Public Finance” comments on the Franco-German policy statement:

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  5. 11.07.2018 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    Family policy | Real Estate Services | Real estate market

    After long negotiations, the German government has agreed to introduce the so-called Baukindergeld, a subsidy granted per child to help families to build or buy homes. The government subsidy programme to finance residential construction and real estate purchases will apply retroactively from January 2018 and aims to make it easier for young families to acquire residential property.

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  6. 10.07.2018 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    EU | ECB

    Today, the case of the Public Sector Purchase Programme (PSPP) of the European Central Bank (ECB) is being brought before the European Court of Justice. The asset purchase programme of the ECB is primarily being accused of violating the ban on monetary financing. In a ZEW expert brief, Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, has commented on this issue.

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  7. 02.07.2018 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    Refugees | European policy | Right to political asylum
    A ZEW study has shown that an EU-wide refugee policy would bring moral and economic benefits.

    In the ongoing political debate surrounding Germany’s policy regarding refugees and asylum, the current focus is on whether Germany can achieve its goals in this area without the support of other nations. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department "Corporate Taxation and Public Finance" at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), offers his view on the matter.

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  8. 22.06.2018 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    Eurozone | Greece

    The Eurogroup has agreed to release a fifth and final loan tranche of 15 billion euros to Greece. In addition, the Greek government has been granted an extension for the repayment of its loans as well as interest rate cuts so as to ensure the country’s debt sustainability in the coming years. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), offers his view on the matter.

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  9. 20.06.2018 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    Eurozone | Reform | Currency reform | European Economic and Monetary Union | Monetary union

    Following their meeting at Schloss Meseberg in Brandenburg, the “Meseberg Declaration” signed off by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron concretises the current proposals for a reform of the Eurozone. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department "Corporate Taxation and Public Finance" at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), offers his view on the matter.

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  10. 14.06.2018 · ZEW ()
    Comment
    Monetary policy decisions | ECB

    As expected, the European Central Bank (ECB) has not made any changes to its interest rate policy in its latest decision. However, it has now set a timetable for phasing out its asset purchase programme. The ECB expects to halve its net asset purchases to 15 billion euros per month as of October as well as to discontinue them completely by the end of the year. This latest decision is, however, subject to the condition that incoming inflation data matches the ECB’s inflation expectations. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), offers his view on the matter.

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