1. 15.10.2020 · ZEW (awh/deg)
    Statement
    Climate policy | Europe | EU environmental policy
    Achim Wambach on the Green Deal and a competitive implementation.

    Within the space of a few days in September, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German economic minister Peter Altmaier both publicly called for the creation of a climate-neutral economy by 2050. Each of their proposed initiatives focuses on augmenting CO2 reductions. But the success of European and German climate policies will depend on more than meeting climate targets alone.

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  2. 17.09.2020 · ZEW (awh/deg)
    Statement
    School | Teaching | Economic sciences | Educational policy | Educational System
     ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach on advantages and disadvantages of the compulsory subject economy.

    Economics has now also come to the schools of North Rhine-Westphalia. Starting in the school year 2020/21, economics is to become a mandatory subject in all secondary schools in this state – North Rhine-Westphalia is taking the step that Baden-Württemberg took four years ago.

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  3. 24.08.2020 · ZEW (awh/sel)
    Statement
    China | Europe | Competition | Single European market
     ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach on the challenge of the European Single Market.

    The European Commission’s ban of the planned merger of the Siemens and Alstom train divisions in May 2019 put the issue on the front page: Is the European internal market well equipped to adequately deal with the challenges posed by the China’s economy and Chinese companies, such as the railway giant China Railway?

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  4. 26.06.2020 · ZEW (awh/sel)
    Statement
    European Integration and EU Policy | Coronavirus | Single European market | Solidarity | Economic-Growth Package
    Achim Wambach comments on the recovery funds adopted by the EU Commission during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Throughout Europe, the coronavirus crisis has had severe economic consequences, although they differ in type and scope between countries and regions. The EU Commission has responded to the crisis with an array of policy instruments. As the contours of a general strategy have begun to take shape, the Commission is in the process of planning an EU-wide recovery fund. 

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  5. 27.05.2020 · ZEW ()
    Statement
    ZEWnews | Competition Policy | Competition authority | Competition | EU Commission | Opinion
    ZEW President Achim Wambach expresses his views on the effects on competition during the coronavirus crisis.

    Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the EU Commission, has expressed concern about the “big differences” in state aid granted by the Member States in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, she fears that Germany’s aid programmes are giving its companies an advantage over those in countries whose governments cannot afford similar levels of support.

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  6. 29.04.2020 · ZEW ()
    Statement
    Coronavirus | Crisis management | Economic-Growth Package | European Union | Stabilization
    Achim Wambach comments on crisis management during coronavirus pandemic.

    The world has changed dramatically over the past few weeks: countries everywhere have issued exit restrictions, many companies have halted operations, stock exchange markets are in turmoil, economic forecasts range from bad to terrible, and governments have approved unprecedented rescue packages. 

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  7. 30.03.2020 · ZEW (awh/fkr)
    Statement
    Funds | Stabilization | Germany | Federal Government | Economic policy
    ZEW President Achim Wambach comments on the Corona rescue programme of the German government.

    The German Bundestag and the Bundesrat have approved the biggest rescue programme in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. With a volume of up to 600 billion euros, the Economic Stabilisation Fund (WSF) aims to intervene in the economy and support German businesses during the difficult times amid the coronavirus pandemic. While the federal government’s swift and determined action is to be welcomed, greater account should be taken of the lessons learned from the financial crisis that began in 2007, argue ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach and Klaus Schmidt, professor at the University of Munich and chair of the Board of Academic Advisors to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. 

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  8. 27.02.2020 · ZEW (awh/sel)
    Statement
    Digitisation | Competition law | Digital Economy | Market power
    ZEW president Achim Wambach comments on the recently submitted GWB Digitalisation Act.

    The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has submitted a draft proposal for the 10th Amendment to the German Competition Act (GWB) – the cornerstone of the social market economy. Otherwise referred to as the ‘GWB Digitalisation Act’, the amendment reflects how digitalisation is dramatically changing the way we do business. But one important step remains. After a long delay, the draft proposal has been published, and opinions from professional associations and the states will soon be heard. This is the second amendment aimed at integrating the special features of the digital economy into competition law. While the 9th amendment to the GWB integrated the terms ‘data’ and ‘platform’ into the GWB, the present draft shows how radically these concepts have altered our economy. 

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  9. 24.01.2020 · ZEW (awh)
    Statement
    Climate protection | Emissions trading
    ZEW President Achim Wambach demands more efficiency in climate policy by the government.

    At her annual New Year’s address, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel renewed her commitment to climate action: “I will do everything in my power to ensure that Germany does its part – ecologically, economically, societally – to get climate change under control.” Climate policy is becoming increasingly important in Germany. In August 2019, the Cabinet passed the Structural Development Act for German coal-mining regions; three months later, it rolled out a new climate bill. What is more, federal and state authorities recently agreed on a timetable for phasing out coal.

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  10. 13.11.2019 · ZEW (fkr)
    Statement
    GDP | Business Cycle | ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment | Employment | Growth | Economic change | Productivity | Energy transition | Digitisation | Infrastructure investment | Innovation | ZEWnews | Opinion
    ZEW president Achim Wambach pleads for political measures against the technical recession.

    It was one of the longest booms in post-war history. Since 2009, Germany’s gross domestic product (GDP) has grown year after year. Per capita GDP today is 33 per cent higher than it was ten years ago. But now growth has stalled. Following a 0.1 per cent quarter-on-quarter decline in GDP in the second quarter, GDP is expected to shrink again in the third quarter. The German Federal Statistical Office, which publishes its quarterly figures on 14 November, may declare a “technical recession” – a decline in GDP over two consecutive quarters. Should the government take steps to stimulate the economy?

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