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  1. Free trade with Russia Could Bring Benefits for Germany and EU

    Feb 20, 2017: A free trade area for the European Union, Russia and other states would have economic advantages for all concerned, according to model-based calculations by the Ifo Institute. According to Ifo’s research results, a comprehensive agreement between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Community could lead to a 0.2 percent increase in real per capita income in the EU, corresponding to an annual EUR 91 upturn in per capita income. For Russia this increase could be as high as three percent or EUR 235 per year. “These income gains stem from the fact that the economic structures on all sides are highly complementary,” explained Gabriel Felbermayr, Director of the Ifo Center for International Economics speaking at a conference held at the Ifo Institute entitled: “Common Economic Space from Lisbon to Vladivostok.” Details

  2. German Economists Sceptical About Brexit Timetable

    Feb 16, 2017: German economists are sceptical about the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, according to the results of the latest Economists Panel conducted by the Ifo Institute and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 70 percent of survey participants believes that the British government’s two-year timetable for negotiating a comprehensive free trade agreement with the European Union is unrealistic. Only 21 percent of the German 125 economics professors surveyed believes that a deal can be negotiated within the next two years, while the remainder is unsure. Details

  3. Ifo President Fuest Demands Far-Reaching Reform of Eurozone

    Feb 14, 2017: Ifo President Clemens Fuest has called for a comprehensive reform of the Eurozone. “The Eurozone requires urgent reforms. Procedures and competencies now need to be changed if lasting stability in the currency union is to be achieved,” he said on Tuesday in Berlin at the presentation of his new book “The Odysseus Complex” (“Der Odysseus-Komplex” published in German), co-authored by Fuest and finance expert Johannes Becker from Muenster. Details

  4. Results of the Ifo World Economic Survey (WES) of 1st quarter 2017

    Ifo World Economic Climate Continues to Brighten

    Feb 13, 2017: The Ifo World Economic climate continued to improve this quarter. The indicator rose to +2.6 balance points from -1.2 points previously. Experts’ assessments of the current economic situation were no longer quite as unfavourable as last quarter. Expectations also brightened somewhat, pointing to a moderate recovery in the world economy. Details

  5. Advance results of the Ifo World Economic Survey (WES) of 1st quarter 2017

    Ifo Economic Climate in the Euro Area Brightens Markedly

    Feb 6, 2017: Economic sentiment in the euro area continued to firm this quarter. The Ifo Economic Climate improved to 17.2 balance points in the first quarter from 8.2 balance points previously. Expectations are far more positive than last quarter. The experts surveyed also assessed their current economic situation more favourably. The economic recovery is gathering impetus. Details


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