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Country Report

Country Report Cyprus

Thanks to the bailout program Cyprus will, at least for the near future, remain in the eurozone. Cyprus will face a difficult and uncertain future though.

Country Report

Country Report South Africa

The largest and most modern economy of Sub Saharan Africa had a troublesome year as the large income disparities burst out into protracted industrial unrest, while domestic bottlenecks and low external demand took its toll on economic development.

Economic Comment

China: Growth slows in first quarter

China´s economic growth slowed in the first quarter of 2013, against expectations. Chinese authorities don’t seem too concerned (yet) and take a cautious approach regarding further growth supporting policies. China´s growth estimate for 2013 is lowered to 7.5%-8%.

Economic Report

Turkey: export-led growth

The past decade saw Turkey move away from the boom-bust cycles of the past. The new export industries are a good step in the right direction, but more is needed. This Special Report takes account of the past, while also considering the road ahead.

Economic Report

Turkey: long term outlook

The past decade saw Turkey break with its turbulent past. This final Special Report on Turkey’s long-term economic prospects discusses our expectations for the coming decade in all these areas.

Economic Report

Turkey: political and social situation

Located in both Europe and Asia, Turkey is often regarded as the bridge between east and west. This Special Report considers Turkey’s current social and political situation, as well as the challenges ahead.

Economic Report

Turkey: financing growth

Turkey’s growth performance over the past decade has been impressive but not without risks. This study looks at mechanisms to improve Turkey’s domestic savings rate, as well as the country’s efforts to guarantee long-term investments from abroad.

Country Report

Country Report Bahrain

The largest country risks for Bahrain lie in the political and social spheres. We expect the social unrest originated in the Arab spring to continue, but not on the scale seen in 2011. Economic growth is forecast at 3.5-4% in 2013.

Country Report

Country Report Slovakia

Economic growth in Slovakia decelerated from 3.2% in 2011 to 2.2% in 2012. Strong foreign demand for Slovak cars and foreign direct investment, the latter primarily by foreign car producers, were the main drivers of growth.


Catastrofias, Peerlusconi en Panicos (Dutch)

De kern van het Cypriotische probleem ligt meer bij de overheid dan bij de sterk uitgedijde bankensector. Sinds 2012 zijn Cypriotische banken nagenoeg geheel afhankelijk geworden van steun van de ECB en de Cypriotische centrale bank.

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

Conjunctuurbeeld Verenigd Koninkrijk (Dutch)

De begroting 2013 kende geen verrassingen. De Bank of England heeft extra ruimte om de economie te stimuleren. Vanwege de private schuldafbouw en snelle budgettaire consolidatie zal dit de economische vooruitzichten niet verbeteren.

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 Frankrijk (Dutch)

Het zwakke 12K4 lijkt een vervolg te krijgen in 13K1, waardoor een nieuwe milde recessie waarschijnlijk is. Uitstel van de begrotingsdoelstelling voorkomt verdere negatieve impact op de groei dit jaar, de keerzijde is een grotere inspanning in 2014.

Economic Update

Economic Update Emerging Markets

The news from Emerging Markets is not that bad. South (East) Asia's latest IP data were rather good. Growth in Brazil disappointed in 2012, but a recovery has started. Meanwhile, the policy rate in Mexico and Poland fell to a record low level.