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Country Report

Spain (Country Update)

The Spanish government is seriously tackling its financial and economic issues. But the country is currently in a perfect storm of recession, missed budget deficit targets, rising government debt and rising opposition to government policies.

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Slovenia (Country Update)

Slovenia is currently experiencing a double-dip recession as a result of fiscal consolidation and banking sector problems. Implementation of the necessary reform plans is still at risk, as pressure from the public and trade unions remains high.

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Ireland (Country Update)

Economic stabilisation and restructuring and recapitalisation of the banking sector have pushed government bond yields for Ireland below those of Italy. But uncertainty remains high, with the economic recovery still far from complete.

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Italy (Country Update)

Italy is taking significant steps to reduce the budget deficit and reform the economy. But the former is being undermined by the return of recession while on the reform front much still needs to be done.

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Portugal (Country Update)

Although Portugal has been very successful in abiding by the conditions of the IMF/EC/ECB troika and therefore has received official financial assistance without delay, the economic and financial situation remains very precarious and uncertain.

Economic Comment

Grieks akkoord omzeilt hete hangijzers (Dutch)

Het IMF is met de Europese geldschieters overeengekomen om de Griekse overheidsschuld gedeeltelijk te herstructureren. De genomen maatregelen zijn echter een kleine en nog altijd uitermate onzekere stap in de richting van schuldhoudbaarheid.

Economic Comment

Meevallende krimp in het eurogebied (Dutch)

De economische krimp in het eurogebied was in het derde kwartaal iets kleiner dan een kwartaal eerder. Dat is positiever dan wij verwacht hadden. Wij denken dat de krimp in het laatste kwartaal van het jaar weer sterker zal zijn.

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Visie op 2013: Wennen aan lagere groei (Dutch)

De Nederlandse economie zal in 2013 nauwelijks groeien (+¦%). Wereldwijd moet de economische groei grotendeels uit de opkomende markten komen. Onder invloed van vooral de eurocrisis zal het mondiale groeiherstel in 2013 beperkt blijven tot 3?%.

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Outlook 2013: Emerging Europe

The start of 2012 saw many Emerging European economies fall back into recession. Although the outlook for 2013 is somewhat less bleak, there is little reason for optimism. The region's proximity to the eurozone renders it vulnerable.

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Outlook 2013: Eurozone

While desperately in need of growth, eurozone's GDP is unlikely to pick up in the second half of this year. Although market sentiment regarding the European debt crisis seems to be on a cautious positive trend, the outlook for 2013 is bleak.

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Outlook 2013: Lower growth is the new reality

In 2013 the Dutch economy will show a very low growth rate of just 0.25%. Globally, the emerging markets will drive economic growth mostly. We project that, mainly as a result of the euro crisis, the global economy will grow by only 3.75% in 2013.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeeld Duitsland (Dutch)

Zwakkere sentimentindicatoren wijzen op een lagere groei in 12K4. Dankzij een sterke export waren de harde data beter dan verwacht. De huizenprijzen bleven stijgen in 12H1. De stijgende werkloosheid drukt nog niet het consumentenvertrouwen.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeeld Spanje (Dutch)

De krimp van het Spaanse BBP-volume was in 12K3 minder sterk dan verwacht. Maar dit was een tijdelijke meevaller omdat consumenten met de btw-verhoging van september in het vooruitzicht extra aankopen in augustus hebben gedaan.

Economic Update

Economic Update Spain

The contraction of the Spanish GDP volume in 12Q3 was much smaller than expected. But this will prove to be a temporary effect, since consumers have frontloaded their spending in August to avoid paying higher VAT rates in September.

Economic Update

Economic Update Germany

The leading indicators are all weakening, pointing towards softer growth in 12Q4. Hard data are still more resilient, thanks to strong exports. Housing prices continued to rise in 12H1. Consumer confidence is improving amid a worsening labour market.