1. 23.08.2018 · ZEW ()
    Opinion
    German Football League | Football (Sport) | Competition | ZEWnews
    Achim Wambach critizes the missing competition in the marketing of football games.

    The new season for the first division of the Bundesliga kicks off this week. Second division matches have already started, with the two teams relegated in the previous season, 1. FC Cologne and Hamburg SV, hoping to make it back into the first division. Meanwhile, all the teams in the top league will be trying to stop Bayern Munich from winning the German championship for the seventh year in a row. The fans are all hoping for a gripping season of competition. When it comes to marketing the games, however, competition is nowhere to be seen. The German Football League (DFL) has the exclusive rights to market the games. This is a billion-euro enterprise, with the DFL expected to net 4.64 billion euros over the next four seasons from 2017/18 to 2020/21.

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  2. 09.08.2018 · ZEW (awh)
    Opinion
    ZEW President

    Google’s parent company Alphabet is an impressive corporation. With a current market value of around 837 ­bil­­lion dollars, it is among the top three most valuable companies in the world. With the exemption of Amazon, Alphabet spends more money on research and development than any other company. In 2017 this amounted to 14 billion dollars. By comparison, in that same year Volkswagen spent 12 billion dollars on R&D. And while ten years ago top Ivy League graduates would flock to Wall Street to find work, now firms in Silicon Valley – and Google in particu­lar – are at the top of their list of potential employers. Consumers have benefited greatly from the way Google has revolutionised how we search for information online and created a far-reaching, high-performance ecosystem for mobile applications in the form of Android.

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  3. 16.07.2018 · ZEW (awh)
    Opinion
    ZEWnews | Broadband telecommunications | Telecommunications infrastructure

    The warning from the European Court of Auditors that Germany risks missing out on the rapid expansion of ultra-fast internet if it sticks to its current copper wire based expansion strategy is alarming. The last national government couldn’t even meet its broadband goal of providing every household with a minimum internet speed of 50 Mbit/s by 2018. Therefore, the latest promise of a nationwide update to gigabit networks capable of speeds of 1,000 Mbit/s by 2025 seems far off on the horizon. Germany currently comes in fifth from the bottom in Europe when it comes to the share of households with a fibre-optic internet connection. There are, however, a number of ways for Germany to transform into a gigabit society.

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  4. 25.05.2018 · ZEW (awh)
    Opinion
    ZEWnews | Competition Policy | Single European market | ZEW President

    In January of 1993 Europe officially began its experiment with a common market. Now, 25 years later, we can say with certainty that it’s been a resounding success. Accounting for more than 500 million consumers, the European Union (EU) represents the world’s largest economic region. In 2017, it made up 16.5 per cent of global GDP, with a significant potential for growth going forward.

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  5. 25.04.2018 · ZEW (awh)
    Opinion
    Health insurance | Health care | Competition | ZEW President

    According to the OECD’s most recent healthcare report, Germany’s health system is merely average – not in terms of healthcare expenditure, which, like the number of doctors and hospital beds per capita, is above the OECD average, but in terms of the quality of provision. Heart attack mortality rates and obstetric injury figures, for example, are above average in Germany.

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  6. 27.03.2018 · ZEW (awh)
    Opinion
    ZEW President

    Happy birthday to the German Federal Cartel Office! As the Federal Cartel Office turns 60 this year, it can look back on a long history of successes. But now is not the time for the Office to rest on its laurels. The mission of the Federal Cartel Office is to enforce the Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB), which forms the basis of Germany’s antitrust laws, and in doing so protect competition. The GWB sets out rules for the main instruments for protecting competition: anti-cartel enforcement, abuse control, and merger control. However, the GWB was not welcomed from all sides before it was passed. As the leading advocate of legally determined competition regulations back in the 1950s, Ludwig Erhard did not have an easy task facing up to the voices of protest coming from German industry. The GWB was eventually passed in 1957 and came into effect on 1 January 1958.

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  7. 27.02.2018 · ZEW (awh)
    Opinion
    ZEW President | Public Budget | Public Budgeting
    Achim Wambach explains the effects of Brexit on the MFF

    Alongside the Brexit negotiations, Brussels and the EU Member States have another important issue on their minds this year, namely the proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), which is set to be presented by EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Günther Oettinger by the end of May. The MFF will set the volume and areas of expenditure for the EU budget for the next seven years and ideally should be approved before the European elections in 2019. The MFF will reveal the areas in which the EU wishes to focus its attention in the years following 2020.

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  8. 21.12.2017 · ZEW ()
    Opinion
    European Emission Trading System (EU ETS) | European Union Energy Policy | Federal Government

    The collapse of the coalition talks in Berlin risks squandering a key opportunity to shape Germany’s energy transition by linking ecological goals with efficient economic regulation. The clean-energy transition poses enormous challenges. Accordingly, it is imperative to harmonise ecological necessity with economic efficiency. Germany is a prosperous country with a strong culture of public debate. Should Germany fail to meet the challenges in this area, it will sacrifice its role as a vanguard in climate policy.

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  9. 30.11.2017 · ZEW ()
    Opinion
    Health insurance

    Every year the German Federal Insurance Office distributes more than 200 billion euros from the healthcare fund to the statutory health insurance providers. The allocation of these funds is, however, somewhat controversial. The principle behind the allocation makes sense; health insurance providers ought to receive as much money for each insured individual as that individual is going to cost the insurer in the following year. That way, health insurance providers have no incentive to turn away insured people who are sick or treat them poorly simply because they incur higher costs, since for these people, insurers receive additional money from the healthcare fund. Although this principle is widely accepted, its practical implementation has been a continual source of contention.

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  10. 26.10.2017 · ZEW ()
    Opinion
    Public Administration

    All the political parties pledged in their campaign manifestos to encourage the digitalisation of Germany’s economy and society. This is a good thing. Armed with buzzwords like “Industry 4.0” and “digital hubs” or calls for a faster expansion of the country’s broadband networks, politicians from all sides are demanding that the pace of digital transformation pick up rapidly in various economic sectors and private companies. But the government might want to get its own house in order first. The level of digitalisation in the German public sector is well behind that of many other countries.

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