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Country Report Macedonia

Macedonia’s economic and political situation looks challenging, as the country’s economy contracted last year and the passage of this year’s budget resulted in a major political crisis. Meanwhile, EU membership remains a distant prospect.

Economic Comment

Europa naar andere beleidskoers (Dutch)

De Europese Commissie lijkt de beleidsfocus van de lidstaten te willen verschuiven van bezuinigingen en lastenverzwaringen naar structurele hervormingen. Hoewel economisch verstandig, is het de vraag of deze hervormingen kunnen worden afgedwongen.

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Country Report Denmark

Growth is hampered by weak external demand and private sector deleveraging. Although the banking sector has come a long way in addressing its weaknesses, challenges remain. Danish public finances are healthy.

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Country Report Belgium

Weaker growth prospects and political hurdles challenge the government’s commitment to fiscal austerity and the implementation of unpopular, yet necessary, reforms. That said, the country’s underlying economic fundamentals remain strong.

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Country Report Austria

Economic growth slowed down in 2012 and the outlook remains weak for 2013. The fiscal position is relatively strong, but the government has large contingent liabilities due to rising non-performing loans of Austrian banks in the CEE-countries.

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Country Report Germany

Economic growth slowed down in 2012. Going forward, activity is expected to pick up only slowly in 2013. Long-run growth prospects remain weak, caused by the aging population and subdued labour productivity growth in the services sector.

Economic Comment

Eurozone: blijven wachten op herstel (Dutch)

De economische activiteit in de eurozone is in het eerste kwartaal van 2013 wederom gekrompen (-0,2% k-o-k). Sentimentsindicatoren wijzen op een eveneens zwak tweede kwartaal. Voor de rest van het jaar blijven de vooruitzichten mager.

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Country Report Czech Republic

Reflecting close business cycle synchronicity with the euro area and fiscal consolidation at home, the Czech economy contracted by 1.2% last year. Yet, thanks to ongoing fiscal prudence, the deterioration of public finances could be contained.

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Country Report Italy

In 2012, Italy’s GDP contracted amid harsh fiscal austerity measures and ongoing European debt crisis. The weak growth outlook in both the short and the long-term requires firm action by the government.

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Country Report Serbia

Serbia’s economic and fiscal situation remains worrisome, as the country’s economy fell back into recession last year and a pre-election spending binge led to a marked deterioration of its public finances.

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Country Report Finland

The recovery of the Finnish economy slowed in 2012 and the growth outlook for 2013 is weak. The export dependent economy is struggling with weak external demand, but also with structural issues concerning its main export sectors.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeeld Duitsland (Dutch)

Sentimentindicatoren wijzen op groei in 13K1, echter de harde data zijn vooralsnog minder overtuigend. Daarnaast neemt het producentenvertrouwen af, wat een indicator is voor afzwakking van groei in 13K2. Gelukkig blijven consumenten wel positief.

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Economic Update Germany

Sentiment indicators point toward solid growth in 13Q1, but the hard data is less convincing. Moreover, major producer confidence indicators decreased recently, indicating a slowdown of growth. Thankfully, consumers remain positive.