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Economic Comment

The defence spending gap in the EU

The EU is temporarily exempted from the steel and aluminium tariffs in the US. While seeking permanent exemption, it might be difficult for the EU to increase defence spending to the satisfaction of the US, due to the possibly massive costs involved.

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India: a continuing balancing act for the RBI

A two-equation forecasting model shows that we expect interest and inflation rates to increase in India. It might be worthwhile for the Reserve Bank of India to examine whether it is useful to communicate medium-term forecasts on these variables.

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India: what is the economic impact of the new stimulus package?

The announced stimulus package in October will support the ailing banking sector, but we expect limited additional effects on economic growth of India (of 0.2ppts in fiscal year 2018/2019). Moreover, it is a missed opportunity that the package does not contain measures to foster total factor productivity growth.

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China: a balancing act between growth and reforms

The government is currently performing a balancing act between keeping the economy going and safeguarding social and financial stability. Authorities continue to follow a step-by-step strategy to reduce excess capacity in heavy industry state-owned enterprises.

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China: when will the hangover of the debt binge set in?

Macro economically, China is in calmer water now but medium term risks have been on the rise, at the same time. Debt keeps piling, especially for state owned enterprises, which boast ever lower profits. As a result the asset quality of loans, and consequently financial stability, are coming under pressure.

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Recent developments in Greece

In the past months, the tensions between Greece and its creditors have grown and so has the risk of a Greek exit from the eurozone. It is only recently that the Greek government seems willing to give in to the tough demands of Europe in return for financial support. Yet it is far from clear when the crisis will be defused and what exactly this will entail.