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Economic Quarterly Report

The Netherlands: Towards the elections

The Dutch economy has not yet managed to escape the mire, and faces rising unemployment, shrinking consumption, falling house prices and a lack of business investment. The coming months will be decisive in several respects.

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Focus: The grass is greener to the East

As a result of its open character, the Dutch economy fluctuates along with the international economic cycle. The Netherlands is now again in recession, while GDP in Germany continues to grow. Is the grass greener in the East?

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Netherlands: Uncertainty continues

Dutch citizens are again facing a package of unprecedented spending cuts and increases in tax and social insurance contributions, at least by Dutch standards. The Spring Agreement should be seen as the start of further budgetary consolidation.

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Government Finances: Reforms or cuts?

The current Dutch government has booked the Prime Minister’s official residence called ‘the Catshuis’ for three weeks to agree on billions in new spending cuts. The Dutch government says restructuring government finances is the answer to the crisis.

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Netherlands: Always look on the bright side

The Dutch economy is back in recession. After a quarter-on-quarter contraction in the third quarter of 2011, the size of the Dutch economy shrank by 0.7% in the last quarter of 2011. It is expected to pick up again in the course of 2012.