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Current Media Appearances

Four countries, four stories

A decoupling between wages and productivity did not occur in 2013 for the first time: Pola Schneemelcher and Philipp Ständer argue in their Blog Post that a tendency of decoupling started even before the crisis. The researchers of the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin also identified significant differences among the individual member states in regards to the development of wages and productivity. Pola Schneemelcher and Philipp Ständer explain in their Blog Post what this observation means for the debate on the reform of crisis-response instruments and the coordination of economic policies. The Blog Post is a secondary publication on Social Europe. more

The political earthquake in Germany

While Chancellor Angela Merkel claims that the situation at the EU’s borders is a “European challenge” and therefore “needs a European solution”, the headwind from within the Union (CDU/CSU), stays equally strong. The Sunday Times quotes Nicole Koenig, researcher at the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, commenting on the fraction between the two sister parties currently representing the bigger share in the grand coalition government: “Söder and Seehofer are pushing a kind of ‘Germany first’ policy ahead of the June European Council. That is entirely different from what Merkel is trying to achieve: […] A common European approach and [to] defend multilateralism.” more

Storm over Italy: a toxic atmosphere in Europe?

„Do countries like Germany still believe in Italy?“, asks Henrik Enderlein, director of the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin in the online newspaper Spiegel. The biggest threat the storm currently brewing over Italy poses, is not only the possible comeback of the Euro crisis, but also the growing mistrust between the European states and citizens. According to the designated director of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, the central elements of any reform for the Eurozone must be higher market discipline and increased risk sharing. If the European states are to save their common currency, they must act together – and do so urgently. more

Foul weather fund vs. Eurozone budget

Commenting on the idea of a foul weather fund to soften the effects of future currency crises, presented by the DIW, the Handelsblatt quotes Lukas Guttenberg from the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, who points out that “a purely technocratic instrument, which does not create political use”, only strengthened populists. Guttenberg supports French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to introduce a Eurozone budget, underlining that any instrument of stabilization requires political control. more

Does a tax on data make sense?

At the Global Solutions Conference in preparation of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the issue of the financial value of data and resulting challenges. She invited researchers to focus ideas on reforms on “the price of data”, or what she called the “central problem of justice.” The German newspaper Tagesspiegel paraphrased expert Pola Schneemelcher’s comment, saying that any solution must be international. For the effective implementation of a future tax on data, the international tax system was to be be reformed. In the development of a reform, the gradual disappearance of the “non-digital economy” should not be forgotten. The researcher of the Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin called the “Digital Service Tax”, proposed by the European Commission, “short-sighted.” more