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Focus Winter 2014/15

We present and discuss current research and economic policy related topics in International Economics. This quarter about:

What are the prospects for European Integration?

In the latest negotiations over the Greek debt-program, the EU and the Greek did not reach a solution but agreed to continue their talks.

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EU finance ministers will discuss the €315bn Juncker growth plan on Tuesday (17 February) amid criticism by leading scientists over plans to raid the EU research budget to fund it.



Angela Merkel pledges for more reforms to improve innovation-capacity and compteviness in Euro-countries.

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French President Francois Hollande promises that France will contribute 8 bn. Euro to the Juncker-plan.

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The final list of promised reforms by the Greek government has arrived in Brussels. documents the original text.




Greece and its creditors have agreed in prinicpial  over the reform-path for the next four months. But they are ignoring important question marks.

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The Tsipras-government is a sign of hope against right-wing parties on the rise in Europe. But Greece has to start delivering real reforms.

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4 influantial German Economists think that Greece is miscalculating its economic alternatives in the negotions with the European Union. A "Grexit" could strengthen the Eurozone

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An Austrian perspective on 20 years of Austria in the European Union and the challenges lying ahead.

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EU-politicians should take the outcome of the Greek elections seriously.

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The article discusses three scenarios for Greeca under the new government led by Syriza. The developments in Greece will be important for the Eurozone.

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The euro-crisis has started a process of politicial integration resulting in more competences at the EU-level.

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Consequences of the economic slowdown in the BRICS-countries

Unsustainable growth and corruption - Li Keqiang, the Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China adresses the problem of the chinese growth model in his speech at the people's congress.

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Today the Eurozone holds a higher share of world exports than Asia. But the ratio will change dramatically, predicts the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).

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Li Keqiang, the Premier of the State Council, expects that the future annual economic growth rates of China to decrease to a level of 7-percent-anually. Nonetheless China will increase its defence spending by 10 percent.

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The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has published its annual "Gobal Investment Trends Monitor"

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According to a study by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), tighter sanctions against Russia could decrease Austria's net product by 2.9 bn Euro.

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Due to crisis of the Russian economy, the rating agency Standard & Poos's downgrades Russia's sovereign credit rating.

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According to the country's central bank, Brazil’s inflation rate is expected to hit an 11-year high in 2015. Market analysts also lowered their growth projections for the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

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Economic growth rates in the BRICS-countries have slowed down since the economic crisis. The article examines the problems faced by the Brics-countries and new promising markets.

undefinedWirtschaftsblatt (German)