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Maartje Wijffelaars

Senior economist Eurozone

Maartje Wijffelaars covers political and economic developments in Italy, Spain and the broader Eurozone economy.

On top of that, she writes about cross-border topics such as the (trade) relationship between the EU and the US. Maartje has worked at the economic research department of Rabobank since 2013. She previously worked at the University of Antwerp. There she analysed the relationship between financial institutions and government debt in the Eurozone, at the time of the global financial and Eurozone debt crisis. Maartje has studied International Economics and Finance at Tilburg University.

Publications Maartje Wijffelaars

Country Report

Country Report Norway

While rising house prices and low interest rates have boosted growth, they have also led to increasing housing market risks amid high household indebtedness. That said, the strong fiscal position mitigates the risks to financial stability.

Country Report

Country Report Belgium

Weaker growth prospects and political hurdles challenge the government’s commitment to fiscal austerity and the implementation of unpopular, yet necessary, reforms. That said, the country’s underlying economic fundamentals remain strong.

Country Report

Country Report Italy

In 2012, Italy’s GDP contracted amid harsh fiscal austerity measures and ongoing European debt crisis. The weak growth outlook in both the short and the long-term requires firm action by the government.

Country Report

Country Report Finland

The recovery of the Finnish economy slowed in 2012 and the growth outlook for 2013 is weak. The export dependent economy is struggling with weak external demand, but also with structural issues concerning its main export sectors.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeeld Italië (Dutch)

Zwakke binnenlandse vraag leidde tot een sterke BBP-krimp in 12K4. Sentimentsindicatoren blijven wijzen op verdere krimp. De beëdiging van een nieuwe regering heeft investeerders positief gestemd maar maakt geen einde aan de politieke instabiliteit.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeeld België (Dutch)

De aanhoudend sombere stemming onder producenten en consumenten voorspelt vooralsnog weinig toename in de economische activiteit. De relatief aanzienlijke begrotingsmaatregelen in 2013 fungeren als een extra tegenwind voor de economische groei.

Economic Update

Economic Update Belgium

Declining producer and consumer sentiment points to a very weak pace of economic activity going forward. In addition, the relatively large fiscal adjustment in 2013 will act as a strong headwind to economic growth.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeeld Italië (Dutch)

In 12K4 is het BBP voor het zesde kwartaal op rij gekrompen. Italiaanse staatsrentes zijn gestegen als gevolg van de beleidsonzekerheid die na de verkiezingen is ontstaan. Mogelijk tast dit ook het broze consumenten- en producentenvertrouwen aan.

Economic Update

Economic Update Italy

In 12Q4 GDP shrank for the sixth consecutive quarter. Uncertainty about the policy of the next government has led to increased yields on both government bonds. It may also weaken the fragile consumer and producer sentiment.

Economic Report Dutch version

Italian elections: A lost year?

Given the Italian election outcome, resurgence of political and financial market unrest seems likely. No party has obtained a workable majority and a coalition seems extremely difficult to be formed. In any case, the appetite for further fiscal austerity and reforms will be lower than desired.