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Banken splitsen is geen goed idee (Dutch)

Met zekere regelmaat blijft het idee opduiken dat banken kunnen worden opgesplitst in een ‘nutsdeel’ en een risicovol deel. Dit uit zich dan in oproepen tot het afsplitsen van de ‘investment banking’-activiteiten van banken. De uitwerking is om meerdere redenen heel erg lastig.

Economic Update Dutch version

Economic Update The Netherlands

At a rate of 0.9% (q-o-q), real economic growth in the first quarter was higher than expected. The increase was due to a surge in private investment growth. Economic growth on an annual basis is expected to average 2% for 2011.

Economic Update Dutch version

Economic Update Belgium

In spite of the political deadlock, the Belgian economy seems to keep up with the growth pace witnessed in 2010 (+2.1% y-o-y). For the current year we even foresee a slightly higher growth based on the very strong figure in the first quarter (1% q-o-q).

Country Report

Czech Republic (Country report)

Despite strong economic growth in the Czech Republic’s main trading partner Germany, the country’s economic recovery remains sluggish amidst ongoing budgetary consolidation and relatively tempered export growth.

Economic Quarterly Report

Focus: The Arab spring

It's a compelling tale. With wave after wave of protests sweeping through country after country, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) finally appear ready for a democratic, peaceful future. The truth is – obviously – more complicated.

Country Report

Slovak Republic (Country report)

The small open economy of Slovakia rebounded comparatively well from the 2009 recession, posting 4% economic growth in 2010 on the back of strongly recovering exports. Domestic demand, however, did not yet contribute to economic growth and its contribution in the coming years will be limited by the government’s austerity measures.

Economic Update Dutch version

Economic Update Germany

Germany's economic growth momentum continues to surprise on the upside. But the pace of growth will return to more sustainable levels going forward.

Economic Update Dutch version

Economic Update Italy

The Italian economy has started 2011 as weak as it ended 2010. The economic recovery is clearly lagging that in the northern part of the eurozone.

Country Report

Macedonia (Country report)

Economic growth in Macedonia is recovering from the global financial crisis and is expected to increase to around 2-3% in 2011/12.

Country Report

Panama (Country report)

Benefiting from the expansion of the Panama Canal and a series of large-scale public investment projects, the Panamanian economy emerged from the global economic crisis as the bestperforming Central American economy, posting 7.5% economic growth in 2010.

Country Report

Colombia (Country report)

The security situation in Colombia has improved recently on the back of military successes against guerrillas and drug gangs, but the activities of the latter two groups continue to have a sizeable social cost.


Onbegrepen eigenbelang (Dutch)

Terwijl de economie nog niet eens volledig hersteld is van de financiële crisis, kampen sommige Nederlandse sectoren al met de krapte op de arbeidsmarkt. En wat doet dit kabinet? De grenzen dicht voor Oost-Europese werknemers. Zo zorg je er wel voor dat de Nederlandse economie snel minder presteert.