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Special

Eurocrisis: Publieke hulp dekt private vlucht (Dutch)

De eurocrisis is een ver­trouwenscrisis waar private investeerders zich uit de periferie terugtrekken en publieke middelen de gevallen gaten tijdelijk afdekken. De steun is nodig om onwenselijke economische schade in heel Europa te voorkomen.

Economic Comment

UK: Osborne loses his cherished AAA

Moody’s decision to downgrade the UK’s government bond rating should not come as a surprise to investors. That said, the lower rating is a huge blow for Mr. Osborne since his austerity plan was partly based on maintaining the AAA-rating of the UK.

Economic Comment

Duitsland: slecht uiteinde, sterk begin (Dutch)

De Duitse economie is in het vierde kwartaal van 2012 met 0,6% gekrompen door een forse teruggang in de buitenlandse vraag naar Duitse goederen. Stemmingsindicatoren wijzen op een herstel van de economie in 2013.

Special

Mind the fiscal speed limit

The current debate amongst economists regarding the timing of fiscal consolidation is not yet resolved. In this Special we present evidence that fiscal policy has a larger short-term negative impact on growth than the government currently expects.

Economic Report

The inflation genie must not leave the bottle

There is an on-going debate in the UK regarding the merits of nominal GDP targeting. Of course, ‘out-of-the box’ thinking is welcome but the risk of switching to a new policy framework is high because it can destabilise inflation expectations.

Economic Comment

Eurozone’s growth disappoints in 12Q4

The eurozone GDP contracted by 0.6% q-o-q in the final quarter of 2012. Sentiment indicators suggest the economy will fare better in 13Q1, but we do not expect growth to pick up strongly in 2013 amid severe economic headwinds.

Economic Comment

Thou shalt not beggar-thy-neighbour

The G7 statement released today was aimed at addressing concerns over a fresh round of global currency wars. It is vital that the world leaders denounce beggar-thy-neighbour policies at the upcoming G20 meeting in Moscow as well.

Economic Report

Turkey: ready to compete?

The competitiveness of the Turkish economy is obstructed by a high minimum wage, stringent labor laws and a flawed education system. Improvements are needed to allow Turkey to compete abroad and fully benefit from a young and growing labour market.

Economic Report

Turkey: coping with external imbalance

Despite Turkey's economic success over the past decade, its large external imbalance remains a cause for concern. This report considers the risks, as well as the reforms needed to reduce this imbalance and move to a more sustainable growth path.

Column

Het dilemma van de toeschouwer (Dutch)

Als mensen gaan staan om een voetbalwedstrijd beter te zien, dwingen zij de rest om ook te gaan staan. Maar als iedereen staat, ziet niemand het beter, terwijl iedereen minder comfortabel is. Dit is de essentie van de valutaoorlog.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeeld Verenigd Koninkrijk (Dutch)

Het BBP van de VK kromp in 12K4. Met een daling van de werkloosheid naar 7,7% blijft de arbeidsmarkt positief verrassen. Naar verwachting zal de inflatie verder stijgen. Er zijn signalen dat het 'Funding for Lending' schema verder op stoom komt.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeeld Frankrijk (Dutch)

De Franse economie kende een zwak 12K4. Wij verwachten een milde BBP-krimp. Daarnaast valt op dat de stemmingsindicatoren van januari een verslechtering laten zien, dit in tegenstelling tot de lichte verbetering in andere eurozone landen.

Economic Update

Economic Update United Kingdom

GDP contracted in 12Q4. The labour market continues to surprise on the upside. Inflation is expected to rise further, which will be an extra headwind for households this year. There are signs that the Funding for Lending Scheme is gaining traction.

Economic Update

Economic Update Emerging Markets

In some emerging markets, economic growth has started to pick up in the fourth quarter of last year, but not in all. This year should be a better year than 2012, but growth will remain relatively weak and below the long-term trend.