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Half instrumentarium maakt beleid voeren lastig (Dutch)

De Europese Centrale Bank (ECB) is opgericht in de geest van de Deutsche Bundesbank. Dat wil zeggen, onafhankelijk van de dagelijkse politiek en met een eenduidig mandaat: zorgen voor prijsstabiliteit. Duitsland heeft in de afgelopen eeuw enkele malen een serieuze hyperinflatie meegemaakt.

Country Report

Country Report Hungary

Thanks to a policy-induced rebound of domestic demand and solid exports, Hungary exited recession last year while keeping its budget deficit below 3% of GDP. Yet, sustainability concerns remain, as unorthodox policies will likely continue beyond the parliamentary elections in April.

Country Report

Country Report Latvia

Following a period of strict fiscal consolidation and economic rebalancing, Latvia joined the euro area in 2014. Its economy continues to rebound strongly from a very deep recession in 2009 despite tight local credit conditions and weak external demand.

Economic Update

Italy: goodbye recession, hello stagnation

In 13Q4, Italy’s recession officially came to an end. Looking forward, the economic outlook has improved somewhat, but GDP growth will greatly depend on exports. Meanwhile, in Rome the game of musical chairs was won by the centre-left democrat Renzi.

Economic Update

Belgium: Economic recovery pushes through

In the final quarter of 2013, GDP volume rose with 0.5% q-o-q. Looking forward, the economic recovery is expected to push through as the economy faces fewer headwinds. Nevertheless, a full revival of economic growth and the labour market needs time.

Economic Comment

China zet stappen op het pad van financiële hervorming (Dutch)

China begint voorzichtig werk te maken van de financiële hervormingen. Ten eerste is de overheid nu voor het eerst bereid om bedrijven in moeilijkheden te laten vallen. Ten tweede zijn maatregelen aangekondigd die tot meer marktwerking moeten leiden.

Economic Quarterly Report

Economisch Kwartaalbericht in vogelvlucht (Dutch)

De wereldeconomie zal in 2014 en 2015 naar verwachting langzaam herstellen. Over de gehele linie zijn de risico’s iets kleiner dan de afgelopen jaren, maar eventuele schokken kunnen in dit stadium wel grote gevolgen hebben.

Economic Update

Germany: die ‘Exportweltmeister’

The German economy posted a solid growth figure in the final quarter of 2013. Unexpectedly, it was almost fully driven by exports. For the current year, we expect German growth to be supported by both exports and domestic demand.

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Hoerabijstellingen (Dutch)

In bijgaand Economisch Kwartaalbericht schetsen we een iets optimistischer beeld van de ontwikkelingen in de wereldeconomie dan ten tijde van onze Visie op 2014 van het afgelopen najaar. Mogen we nu in een hoerastemming komen?

Economic Quarterly Report

Global Economic Outlook: sand in the engine of growth?

Although the recovery is likely to continue in the west, global economic growth is picking up very gradually. While a few emerging markets are directly vulnerable to tapering, rapid credit growth may pose a risk to future growth in more countries.

Country Report

Country Report Poland

Poland’s economy regained steam in the second half of 2013, as domestic demand gradually picked up. Yet, depending on the decision of the Constitutional Court on a major pension reform, growth could be dampened by additional fiscal austerity measures.

Economic Update

France: Consumption driven recovery

Recent data show that the economic recovery remains in place, albeit very gradual. Ongoing real wage growth will make sure that household consumption –once again- will remain an important driver of GDP growth this year.

Economic Update

Spain: Growing while rebalancing

Recent data show that the gradual recovery of the Spanish economy will continue going forward. In addition, ongoing export growth and muted wage pressure indicate that the much needed rebalancing process is still on track.