1. 22.10.2019 · ZEW (awh/fkr)
    Opinion
    Digital Economy | Competition law | data economy

    Joining recent expert forums in Brussels, Canberra, Chicago and London, the German government in September set up the Berlin commission “Competition Law 4.0” to develop proposals for creating a regulatory framework that meets the challenges posed by the digital economy. Government agencies all around the world, including those in the United States, have ramped up efforts to reign in the leading online digital platforms and pass new competition law for the digital age. In Germany, legislators are currently working on the tenth amendment to the country’s Act Against Restraints of Competition (GWB), which like the previous set of revisions devotes much of its attention to the digital economy. From all these efforts, guidelines for an economic order for the digital economy can be derived.

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  2. 11.09.2019 · ZEW (awh)
    Opinion
    European Emission Trading System (EU ETS) | Sustainable transport policy | ZEWnews | CO2 certificate
    Achim Wambach pleads for an extension of Europea emissions

    European emissions trading has effectively linked economics and climate protection for some time now. But the public seems to be unaware of its success. The German Federal Government’s climate cabinet should work to extend European emissions trading to the transport and heating sectors. The first step should be to introduce emissions markets in these sectors throughout Germany, argues Professor Achim Wambach, President of the economic research institute ZEW in Mannheim, in his latest opinion piece.

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  3. 26.07.2019 · ZEW (awh)
    Opinion
    ZEWnews | Competition
    Achim Wambach requests better on-time performances of the German train system.

    Summer is a time for rest and relaxation. Yet for many vacationers traveling by train, it is also filled with stress. In 2018, over a quarter of Germany’s long-distance trains were delayed by five minutes or more, an increase of 3.6 per cent relative to the previous year. And this statistic does not take into account the 2.4 per cent of scheduled trains that were cancelled.

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  4. 28.06.2019 · ZEW (awh)
    Opinion
    Competition
    Achim Wambach on the Systemic Competition between Europe and China

    This summer, the German cabinet will propose its new National Industry Strategy 2030. Federal Minister of Economic Affairs Altmaier has placed great emphasis on the industrial strategy and elicited a great deal of controversy. While the proposed instruments and one-sided attention to industry and large firms has drawn some criticism, underlying justification for the industrial strategy has received less attention: How should Europe, with its market-based orientation, position itself against state capitalism in China, marked by a large proportion of state-owned enterprises and a high density of government control of the private economy? In trying to wrestle with this question, it makes sense to divide the discussion into three strands.

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  5. 22.03.2019 · ZEW ()
    Opinion
    Industrial Policy | Competition
    Achim Wambach discusses German Industrial Policy in his recent statement

    Germany’s Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier recently submitted the National Industrial Strategy 2030, his answer to the “process of rapid and profound change” in the global economy. While his strategy has aroused scepticism in some quarters, the industrial sector has emerged as one of its ardent supporters.

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  6. 14.03.2019 · ZEW (awh)
    Opinion
    Takeover | Competition | Merger | EU Commission
    Achim Wambach explains why there should not be an exception for the merger between Siemens ans Alstom.

    It’s official: the EU Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, has decided to block a merger between Siemens and Alstom despite massive pressure from company executives and their political allies. Her decision should be applauded.

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  7. 12.02.2019 · ZEW ()
    Opinion
    Brexit | ZEWnews | Public Budget | European policy
    Prof. Achim Wambach about the development of the EU

    2019 is a year of great importance for Europe. Britain will leave the EU in March; elections to the European Parliament will be held in May; and in October, new EU Commissioners and a new head of the ECB will take office. The budget for 2021–27 is being negotiated this year, and many important EU bodies and institutions will be reconstituted. In this way, the coming months will significantly impact the course charted by the European ship of state over the next decade.

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  8. 18.12.2018 · ZEW ()
    Opinion
    Economics | Macroeconomics | Microeconomics | Science | ZEWnews
    Achim Wambach defends the economics in his recent statement.

    Many observers were surprised to see that the trade unions’ recent nominee for Germany’s Council of Economic Experts is an economist who has bemoaned the discipline’s ‘lack of self-reflection and methodological and theoretical diversity’. However one views the nomination, it would be too simplistic to see it either as a mere affront to the discipline or an indication of a need for diversification in the wake of the financial crisis.

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  9. 29.11.2018 · ZEW ()
    Opinion
    Renewable Energies

    Public awareness for the threat posed by climate change is at an unprecedented high. This is a welcome fact. The need for structural change away from fossil fuels and toward climate-friendly energy sources is – at least in Germany – now beyond debate. The Paris Agreement has been signed, and climate protection goals have been enshrined in national and international agreements.

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  10. 16.10.2018 · ZEW ()
    Opinion
    Brexit | Negotiations | United Kingdom | ZEW President

    As the end of 2018 approaches, the UK and the European Union still need to negotiate the details of Brexit. However, any kind of agreement still seems a long way off. It is of the utmost urgency that some of these details be clarified – EU citizens living in the UK, British citizens living in Europe as well as busineses on both sides of the Channel have been waiting long enough.

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