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Economic Update

Belgium: Good things come to those who wait

The economic recovery carries on as growth of domestic demand increases. Fiscal policy will be less distortive next year and inflation remains low. However, high unemployment and also wage moderation still limit private consumption growth.

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Italy: Arrivederci recessione?!

GDP growth stagnated in 13Q3. One cannot talk of a start of economic recovery yet, though. The contribution of domestic demand was negative and there are still significant headwinds. On a positive note, policy uncertainty might fall going forward.

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Te mooi om waar te zijn (Dutch)

Een belangrijke les van de mondiale financiële crisis van 2008 is dat de kapitaalbuffers van banken fors moeten worden verstevigd. De strengere eisen aan de risico-gewogen kapitaalratio van het Bazels Comité –Bazel III– voorzien hierin.

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De bankenunie-boemerang (Dutch)

Als een boemerang geen doel treft, keert hij terug naar de werper. De politieke discussie rondom de oprichting van een bankenunie doet mij sterk denken aan zo’n boemerang. De belangrijkste reden van de worp vormen de zogenaamde ‘legacy assets’.

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Spain: Basta recesión!

Spanish GDP rose in 13Q3, after nine quarterly contractions in a row. Although positive, we do not expect a quick recovery on the labour market. Based on the Budget 2014, the fiscal effort will be slightly less than in preceding years.

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Duits regeerakkoord: ‘Grote coalitie’ zonder grootse plannen (Dutch)

Zoals verwacht bevat het akkoord weinig grote plannen. Het binnenlands beleid wordt gedomineerd door een uitruil van de stokpaardjes van de coalitiepartners, terwijl het Europees beleid een voortzetting wordt van de voorgaande twee kabinetten Merkel.

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Germany: Steady as she goes

Once again, the German economy posted a positive growth figure in the third quarter. The increase has been entirely domestic-driven. We expect domestic demand to remain strong given the solid labour market and the positive investment outlook.

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France: Nombres rouges

The French economy slightly contracted in 13Q3, but this was largely due to a bounce back from the strong 13Q2 figure. We expect the recovery to continue, albeit very gradually. Therefore, we do not envisage a robust improvement in the labour market.

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Country Report Portugal

Portugal has made considerable progress regarding the implementation of structural reforms and safeguarding financial stability. However, the high short-term socioeconomic costs have increased political instability, which might weigh on support for further reforms.

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Country Report Spain

The short term pain of the macroeconomic rebalancing process is clearly weighing on the political support to continue with necessary reforms. Without a more vigorous cleanup of the banking sector, it will remain a large drag on the recovery going forward.

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Country Report Italy

Italy has to deal with a severe crisis and large public debt stock. Non-performing loans in the banking sector are on the rise, while government bond yields are vulnerable to political instability. Given large debt dynamics, Italy should improve its potential growth rate to ensure debt sustainability.

Economic Comment

Eurozone: herstel kost tijd (Dutch)

Ondanks de verbetering van het sentiment in de afgelopen maanden vertraagde de groei van het eurozone-BBP in het derde kwartaal. Dit komt met name door het wegvallen van enkele tijdelijke positieve impulsen uit het tweede kwartaal.