1. 21.06.2022 · ZEW (hsh/rha)
    Comment
    France | Parliament | Germany | Economic Policy
    Image of Holger Stichnoth.

    French President Emmanuel Macron has lost the absolute majority in parliament with his Ensemble coalition. Important reforms thus become bargaining chips. Professor Holger Stichnoth, head of the Research Group “Inequality and Public Policy” at ZEW Mannheim, has commented on this matter:

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  2. 14.06.2022 · ZEW (kki/deg)
    Comment
    Green Economy | Climate policy | Climate protection | Financial investment | Europe
    Photo of Karolin Kirschenmann

    Together, the European Parliament’s Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs and on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety have objected to the classification of nuclear power and gas as sustainable investments. Dr. Karolin Kirschenmann, deputy head of the Research Department “Pensions and Sustainable Financial Markets” at ZEW Mannheim, has commented on this matter:

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  3. 10.06.2022 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    ECB | Monetary policy decisions | Monetary target | Securities Markets | Eurozone
    Picture of the ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann.

    The ECB Governing Council has decided to end asset purchases at the end of June, clearing the way for a first interest rate hike in July. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, has commented on this matter:

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  4. 30.05.2022 · ZEW (hsh/deg)
    Comment
    Energy transition | Ukraine | Social inequality | Income redistribution | Social Policy
    Image of Holger Stichnoth.

    Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil, has presented his plans for a so-called climate income (‘Klimageld’), a social compensation mechanism to relieve the burden on people with low and medium incomes in the face of high food and energy prices. Professor Holger Stichnoth, deputy head of the Research Department “Inequality and Public Policy” at ZEW Mannheim, has commented on this matter:

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  5. 04.05.2022 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    Monetary policy decisions | Interest Rate | United States | Central bank
    ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann comments on the Fed's decision to leave its key interest rates unchanged.

    The US Federal Reserve continues its monetary policy change. The Fed raises its key interest rates by 0.5 percentage points, twice as much as the first rate hike in March, to a current range between 0.75 and 1.0 per cent. In addition, the central bank has announced that it will start reducing its balance sheet in June. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, has commented on this matter:

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  6. 28.04.2022 · ZEW (fhe)
    Comment
    Inflation | Consumer Price Index | Statistical office
    Image of the ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann.

    The Federal Statistical Office published its preliminary results on the development of the German inflation rate in April 2022. According to the calculations, the inflation rate measured by the German consumer price index recorded a slight increase to 7.4 per cent. Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW Mannheim, has commented on this matter:

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  7. 25.03.2022 · ZEW (awh)
    Comment
    Digitisation | Regulation | Data protection

    Late on Thursday evening, the relevant European institutions agreed on new rules for the digital world. The Digital Markets Act (DMA) bans harmful business practices of large digital players that act as ‘gatekeepers’ and imposes others on them. For example, user data from different services may no longer be combined for advertising purposes without explicit consent, and messenger services on these large platforms must be compatible with other messenger services. Professor Achim Wambach, president of ZEW Mannheim, explains:

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  8. 23.03.2022 · ZEW (lgi)
    Comment
    Procurement | Bundeswehr
    ZEW Economist Leonardo Maria Giuffrida: Organizing Armed Forces Procurement More Efficiently.

    The German government has agreed that the German Armed Forces must be modernised quickly to fulfil both its NATO and legal obligations. Accordingly, the German Bundestag provided additional funds worth 100 billion euros solely to be spent on military equipment and assets. Minister of Defence Christine Lambrecht has made out two bottlenecks in that regard: mandatory EU-wide tenders are time-consuming and internal procurement processes are too bureaucratic. ZEW procurement specialist Leonardo Maria Giuffrida, head of the ZEW Junior Research Group “Public Procurement" advises:

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  9. 10.03.2022 · ZEW (gne)
    Comment
    Migration policy | Integration | War | Ukraine
    Picture of ZEW Economist Guido Neidhöfer.

    Europe is showing unity and solidarity with the refugees of the Ukraine war. In Germany, they are being received quickly and unbureaucratically. However, there are still many unresolved issues. For example, it is not clear how long they will need protection. In the event that they cannot return to their destroyed homeland in the foreseeable future, strategies for successful integration are necessary. Studies by ZEW Mannheim show that the integration of young children can be particularly helpful for the successful integration of the entire family. Guido Neidhöfer, a researcher in ZEW’s “Labour Markets and Human Resources” Department, explains:

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  10. 03.03.2022 · ZEW (pab/deg)
    Comment
    Picture of Paul Berbée.

    More than one million people from Ukraine are currently fleeing towards the west. Countless volunteers in Eastern Europe and Germany are organising emergency shelters and relief supplies to provide them with essential goods. Paul Berbée, a researcher of the Junior Research Group “Integration of Migrants and Attitudes Towards the Welfare State (IMES)” at ZEW Mannheim, explains the role of volunteers in supporting refugees.

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