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Analyses | | Konrad Popławski,
The Federal Statistical Office published complete data regarding German foreign trade on 18 February. The data for 2010 – in which the German economy strongly rebounded and GDP grew 3.6% – show how the trends in German foreign trade…
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On 16 February, the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung accused Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (CSU) of including extensive fragments of press articles and Bundestag studies, without specifying their sources, in his PhD…
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Early elections to the parliament in Hamburg were held on 20 February. The winner of the election is the SPD, which has received an absolute majority of the votes and will form a government by itself. The Christian Democrats, who…
Analyses | | Artur Ciechanowicz
This resolution can be seen as a catalogue of the current priorities of the German policy of history. The adopted document is dominated by the point of view promoted for example by the Federation of Expellees, which claims that the…
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On 11 February the president of the Bundesbank, Axel Weber announced that he will not stand for another term in office. This decision also means that he will not apply for the position of the president of the European Central Bank (…
OSW Studies | | Artur Ciechanowicz, Marta Zawilska-Florczuk
Germany became reunited through the incorporation of the East German federal states to the then Federal Republic of Germany. The West German point of view is predominant in public discourse regarding this issue, which is manifested…
Analyses | | Anna Kwiatkowska-Drożdż, Konrad Popławski,
Germany’s stance on the reform of the eurozone has been evolving for some time and reaches far beyond its initial appeal for reinforcing the Stability and Growth Pact. Firstly, Chancellor Angela Merkel approved the French…
OSW Commentary | | Anna Kwiatkowska-Drożdż
The alarming assessments of German analysts anticipate a rapid shrinkage of oil reserves and a sharp rise in oil prices, which in the longer term will affect the economic and political systems of importer countries. Concerns about the…
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German politicians were promoting a new concept of deeper co-operation between EU member states during the economic forum in Davos on 27–29 January. According to media reports, Chancellor Angela Merkel will present a ‘Competitiveness…
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On 25 January, Minister of Economy Rainer Brüderle closed operation of the Deutschlandfonds. This fund, with assets worth 115 billion euros, was created in March 2009 to support with loans and guarantees firms which had suffered as a…