1. 14.10.2020 · ZEW (fhe/deg)
    Comment
    Foreign Trade | United States | Europe
     Friedrich Heinrich Heinemann comments on the fact that the European Union may impose punitive tariffs on the USA.

    World Trade Organization (WTO) mediators have decided that the EU can apply tariffs on US imports. The decision was taken after the USA granted unlawful subsidies to aircraft manufacturer Boeing. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter:

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  2. 12.10.2020 · ZEW (awh/deg)
    Comment
    Market design | Auctions
    ZEW President Achim Wambach comments on the Nobel Prize for Economics.

    The 2020 Nobel Prize in Economics has been awarded to the US economists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson for their contributions to auction theory. Professor Achim Wambach, president of ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter.

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  3. 07.10.2020 · ZEW (ibe/chs)
    Comment
    data economy | Data protection
    ZEW economist Professor Dr. Irene Bertschek on the first draft of a data strategy of the German government.

    The German government has presented a first draft of its data strategy, which is being discussed today in the Cabinet Committee on Digitalisation. One of the goals of the strategy is to secure access to data and improve their availability. Professor Irene Bertschek, head of ZEW’s Research Department “Digital Economy”, comments on this matter:

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  4. 02.10.2020 · ZEW (fhe/chs)
    Comment
    Rule of law | Corruption | Coronavirus | European Integration
    Professor Dr. Friedrich Heinemann on EU funds and the rule of law.

    Against strong opposition from Poland and Hungary, the German presidency of the Council of the European Union has proposed a procedure that would cut off EU funds to countries that violate the rule of law. As a response, both governments have threatened to block the 750-billion-euro coronavirus recovery package of the EU. A recently published report found deficits in Poland and Hungary regarding judicial independence, the fight against corruption and media freedom. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter.

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  5. 24.09.2020 · ZEW (kso/sel)
    Comment
    Europe
     Katrin Sommerfeld on the pact for migration and asylum.

    The question of how to distribute incoming asylum seekers among the Member States has long been the subject of intense debate. Recently, the EU Commission unveiled its new plan to reform EU asylum and migration policy. Dr. Katrin Sommerfeld, head of the Junior Research Group “Integration of Migrants and Attitudes towards the Welfare State (IMES)” in ZEW’s Research Department “Labour Markets and Human Resources”, comments on this matter.

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  6. 16.09.2020 · ZEW (sru/deg)
    Comment
    EU policy
     Prof. Dr. Sebastian Rausch on the tightening of the European climate targets.

    The EU Commission has tightened the climate targets of the European Union for 2030. Instead of a carbon-reduction of 40 per cent compared to 1990 levels, the Commission will aim for a 55 per cent reduction. Professor Sebastian Rausch, head of the ZEW Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management”, comments on this matter.

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  7. 10.09.2020 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    Coronavirus | Economic policy
     ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann estimates the loss of tax revenue for the federal, state and local governments to be considerable.

    The German Federal Ministry of Finance’s Working Party on Tax Revenue Estimates published the results of its unscheduled assessment. This special analysis had become necessary as the financial consequences of the crisis could not yet be properly assessed in the Working Party’s regular forecast in May 2020. The updated estimates confirm that the federal, state and municipal governments will face considerable losses in tax revenues as a result of the crisis. While in May the Working Party had still expected federal revenues of around 285 billion euros for the current year, estimates are now at 275 billion euros. This marks a decline of 54 billion euros compared to 2019. 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. 27.08.2020 · ZEW (ssi)
    Comment
    Coronavirus
    ZEW employee Professor Dr. Sebastian Siegloch on the extension of the short-time work allowance.

    Germany’s “Grand Coalition” has agreed to extend the period for which the short-time work allowance can be claimed: Due to the coronavirus crisis, workers will be able to receive the allowance until the end of December 2021, which represents a 24-month extension. Professor Sebastian Siegloch, head of the ZEW Research Department “Social Policy and Redistribution”, comments on this matter:

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  9. 30.07.2020 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    Germany | Coronavirus
    ZEW economist Professor Dr. Friedrich Heinemann comments on the decline in GDP figures in the second quarter of 2020.

    In the second quarter of 2020, the German economy experienced the sharpest drop in its economic output ever recorded by the German Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden since it started its quarterly calculations in 1970. In comparison to the previous quarter, the already low gross domestic product (price, seasonally and calendar adjusted) fell by 10.1 per cent. When compared to the second quarter of 2019, this represents a decrease of 11.7 per cent. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, comments on this matter.

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  10. 21.07.2020 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann comments on the decisions on the EU financial framework at the EU special summit.

    After days of negotiations, the European Council agreed on the EU Recovery Fund package and the next EU multiannual financial framework. The “Next Generation EU” package, which is intended to speed up the recovery from coronavirus-induced recession, remains at 750 billion euros. However, the 500 billion euros in grants provided for in the Commission proposal have been reduced to 390 billion euros, with the rest being made available to Member States as loans. The whole package is financed by EU borrowing, which is to be repaid by 2058.

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