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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.

Economic Comment

Derde Plenum in China maakt verwachtingen niet waar (Dutch)

Er is tijdens het derde plenum brede politieke steun verkregen voor het doorzetten met de nodige hervormingen. Een einddoel is geformuleerd, maar het is helaas niet duidelijk geworden hoe China dat precies gaat bereiken.

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Country Report Slovenia

Slovenia has taken further steps to tackle its banking crisis, but progress has been delayed by an extensive asset quality review that is yet to reveal the true scale of the problem. Depending on the outcome, an EU-led bailout may be needed soon.

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Country Report Indonesia

The third free presidential elections in Indonesia’s history (1H2014) will bring a new president into office, as Yudhoyono is barred from participating after completing two terms. There is no clear favorite, increasing policy uncertainty. Also, the external position is weakening.

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Country Report Cameroon

In 2012, the economic performance of Cameroon improved on the back of the oil sector, while the political risks persisted, despite milestones having been achieved.

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Country Report Taiwan

Due to a weak external environment, Taiwan’s economy has been performing weakly, but a slight growth acceleration is expected. Political infighting in the ruling KMT party has weakened the president’s position and will hamper policy implementation.