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Economic Report

Germany and further EU integration

Elections in Germany in 2013 might result in a stable and EU-friendly grand coalition. However, recent appeals against the ESM ratification suggest that politicians will be constrained by legal boundaries regarding further EU integration.

Economic Update

Economic Update Belgium

After the better than expected GDP figure in 12Q1 a new slow down seems unavoidable. We anticipate a contraction of GDP in 12Q2. If the economic weakness lasts, we believe also the labour market cannot remain out of harm's way.

Economic Update

Economic Update Germany

GDP increased by 0.5% q-o-q in 12Q1. Activity is likely to be far weaker in Q2. Even a minor contraction in GDP cannot be excluded. Unemployment rose for the third month in a row in June.

Economic Update

Economic Update Spain

Following two quarters of a 0.3% q-o-q GDP contraction, the decline in economic activity probably acce-lerated in 12Q2. The fact that the government has been unable to reduce the budget deficit up until May is worrying.