Publications by Dr. Anna auf dem Brinke

European taxes: Do we need them?

In the European Union, each member state is responsible for its tax system. Different  national regimes help with tax competition, but can also lead to tax evasion or unfair rules in the Single Market. That is why better coordination or even standardization of taxes is debated. What tax regulations are there already in the Single Market? What would be the advantages and disadvantages of a European tax? And what reforms are being discussed in Europe? more

Imbalances: Should the EU intervene?

Economic imbalances keep recurring in the EU. Differences in trade balances dominate the debate. Germany has been generating very high surpluses for years and meets criticism for this reason. Are imbalances a threat to the EU, and what role does the euro play in this? Should politicians adjust differences in the balance of trade? And if so, is that up to national governments or the EU? more

The four freedoms in the EU: Are they inseparable?

The four freedoms govern the movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU. They are the cornerstones of the Single Market and the common currency. Many citizens see them as the greatest achievement of the European unification project. Brexit has reignited the discussion surrounding the free movement of people - that is the opportunity to live and work in any EU country. Technically speaking, it is possible to separate the four freedoms, but does it make political sense? more

Convergence: Are the Eurozone countries too different?

The Eurozone countries are economically different. The crisis has rendered some of these differences more acute and this could destabilize the currency union. The Eurozone countries therefore need to agree on which type of convergence is most important to them and the best way to achieve it. In what areas should they converge? What differences could or should remain? And what policy instruments are required to achieve this? more

Dealing with the downside risks of trade

The G20 meeting in Hamburg concluded not only with an endorsement of free trade, but also with the resolution to share best practices of how to deal with trade adjustment costs. If there was a silver bullet, we would have already found it. Instead, there are only country-specific solutions. But what are those policies that can help mitigate the adverse effects of trade? This blog post reviews recent contributions to this question. more