1. 24.12.2020 · ZEW (awh)
    Comment
    Brexit | Trade agreement | Europe
    President of the ZEW Mannheim, Professor Dr. Achim Wambach.

    The European Union and the United Kingdom have agreed on a last-minute trade deal after tense negotiations. The president of ZEW Mannheim, Professor Achim Wambach, comments on this matter: “It is a relief that the wrangling over the withdrawal agreement and trade deal has finally been concluded, and that the incertitude has now come to an end. The agreement provides greater predictability and certainty for future trade relations between the EU and the UK.

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  2. 15.12.2020 · ZEW (awh)
    Comment
    EU Commission | Regulation | Competition
    Professor Dr. Achim Wambach on the EU’s Digital Market Rules.

    Today, the EU Commission is set to unveil the Digital Services and Digital Markets Acts in Brussels. Professor Achim Wambach, president of ZEW Mannheim and member of the Monopolies Commission, comments on this matter: “The EU Commission’s efforts to establish new rules that take into account the fast-paced dynamics of digital markets and limit the market power of tech giants in advance is the right approach. In the future, it will be important to prevent individual companies in digital markets from becoming uncontrollably powerful in the first place.

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  3. 10.12.2020 · ZEW (fhe/deg)
    Comment
    ECB
    Professor Dr. Friedrich Heinemann on the Results of the ZEW Study on Securities Purchase Programs.

    The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) has decided to expand the size of its pandemic emergency purchase programme (PEPP) by 500 billion euros as well as to extend its earliest end date by nine months until March 2022. Furthermore, the Council has postponed the start of net repayments under the PEPP until 2024 at the earliest. The ECB is thus reacting to the renewed economic slowdown caused by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the ZEW Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance”, comments on this matter.

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  4. 30.11.2020 · ZEW (der/deg)
    Comment
    Coronavirus

    The video communications software provider Zoom has recently published its figures for the third quarter of 2020. ZEW economist Dr. Daniel Erdsiek, researcher in ZEW’s “Digital Economy” Department, comments on this matter.

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  5. 27.11.2020 · ZEW (gli/deg)
    Comment
    Budgetary process
     ZEW-economist Dr.Georg Licht comments on the latest decisions of the Budget Committee.

    In its meeting yesterday, the German Bundestag’s Budget Committee approved a fund to promote start-ups. Dr. Georg Licht, head of the ZEW Research Department “Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter.

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  6. 20.11.2020 · ZEW (fhe/deg)
    Comment
    Coronavirus | Community Law | EU Presidency | Rule of law
    Professor Dr. Friedrich Heinemann on controversial issues of the Coronavirus Plan.

    Hungary and Poland vetoed the EU’s 1.8 trillion euro budget plan for the years 2021 to 2027. The bone of contention has been a new mechanism under which Member States can lose EU funds for violating the rule of law. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter.

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  7. 12.11.2020 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    Public Budget | Tax revenue estimation | Germany | Tax Policy
    ZEW-Ökono ZEW-economist Friedrich Heinemann comments that the entire next legislative period will be marked by greatly reduced revenues and a sharp increase in public debt. m Friedrich Heinemann kommentiert, dass die komplette nächste Legislaturperiode unter den Vorzeichen stark geminderter Einnahmen und einer sprunghaft ansteigenden Staatsverschuldung steht.

    The German Federal Ministry of Finance’s Working Party on Tax Revenue Estimates has presented its new forecasts to the government authorities at federal, state and municipal levels. The forecasts confirm that tax revenues will fall significantly in the current year and the following years. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter:

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  8. 11.11.2020 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    Public Budget | EU Parliament | European Integration and EU Policy
    [Translate to English:] Friedrich Heinemann über den Neuansatz der leyen-Kommission

    The European Parliament and the Council have agreed on the EU budget for the time frame 2021 until 2027. The Parliament was able to make small amendments, with slightly increased budgets in research, health, border management and the Erasmus programme. The agreement also means that the penultimate obstacle for the EU’s coronavirus recovery plan has been cleared. The only remaining task is to get all 27 Member States of the EU to agree on the budget, although there is a certain degree of uncertainty from Hungary. The Member State has criticised the fact that future allocations of the EU budget may be stopped on the grounds of violations of the rule of law. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, gives the following assessment of the agreement:

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  9. 07.11.2020 · ZEW (awh)
    Comment
    United States
    ZEW President Achim Wambach sees chances and reliability in Joe Biden.

    Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States. Professor Achim Wambach, president of ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter:

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  10. 21.10.2020 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    Agricultural Policy | Public Budget | Europe
     Approval of the compromise proposal of the German Council Presidency.

    EU Member States have agreed on a reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). After almost two days of negotiations, the Member States have approved a compromise proposal made by the German presidency of the Council of the EU. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter.

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