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  1. German Health Insurance Funds criticise Schäuble

    Apr 11, 2014: The head of the German Association of National Health Insurance Funds, Doris Pfeiffer, has criticised Germany’s federal finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble. With his budgets for 2014 and 2015, “The German federal government is now reaching into the pockets of contributors to the social security system”, writes Pfeiffer in an article for the latest issue of ifo-Schnelldienst, published on Friday in Munich. Details

  2. Joint Economic Forecast Spring 2014: Upturn in German Economy, but Economic Policy Creates Headwind

    Apr 10, 2014: The German economy is experiencing an upturn in spring 2014. Gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow by 1.9 percent this year. The 68 percent projection interval ranges from 1.2 percent to 2.6 percent. Domestic demand is the main driver of growth. Consumer prices will increase by a moderate 1.3 percent in 2014. The number of persons in employment looks set to rise steeply once again in 2014. Economic activity, however, will have to weather an economic policy headwind. The entitlement to a full pension as of 63 years is a step in the wrong direction and the introduction of the minimum wage will curb the rise in employment in 2015. Details

  3. Growth Picks Up in Eurozone

    Apr 7, 2014: Economic growth is accelerating in the Eurozone. It will reach 0.4 percent in the first quarter of 2014, following 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent respectively in the two previous quarters. Economic output is subsequently anticipated to rise by 0.3 percent in both the second and third quarters of 2014. These are the results of forecasts by the research institutes Ifo, INSEE and Istat, based in Germany, France and Italy respectively. This economic upswing will be broad-based, covering all of the economic sectors and involving the majority of the 18 member countries. Details

  4. Credit Constraint Indicator - From the Ifo Business Survey for March 2014

    Credit Constraints Hit New Historic Low Again

    Mar 31, 2014: Credit constraints for German trade and industry once again fell to a new historic low in March, dropping to 18.5 percent from 18.6 percent in February. In other words, 18.5% of the companies surveyed reported restrictive access to bank credit. Financing conditions for German companies remain excellent. Details

  5. Results of the Ifo Business Survey for March 2014

    Ifo Business Climate for Eastern Germany Clouds Over

    Mar 28, 2014: The Ifo Business Climate Index for trade and industry for the Eastern German Länder fell in March 2014 for the first time since last summer. Eastern German companies assessed the current business situation just as positively as last month, but they were clearly less optimistic about future business developments. International tensions in the Ukraine conflict are fuelling insecurity in the Eastern German economy. Details

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