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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.

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

Economic Update The Netherlands

Dutch exports continue to grow and are expected to slowly lift the Dutch economy out of recession. But falling domestic demand continued to outweigh a positive contribution from net trade in the first quarter.

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.

Economic Update

Economic Update United Kingdom

The Budget 2013 had no surprises as the government opted for a fiscally neutral package. The Bank of England has got extra room to stimulate the economy. This is unlikely to change the outlook without slowing down the pace of fiscal tightening.

Economic Update

Economic Update France

The weak momentum of 12Q4 seems to have continued into 13Q1.Therefore a new mild recession is likely. A postponement of the budget target would limit the impact on domestic demand this year. The drawback is that a larger effort is needed in 2014.