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Spanien: Kräftige monetäre Impulse überdecken strukturelle Schwächen

The Spanish economy has been growing much more strongly than the Eurozone average in recent years, and almost three times as strongly as the German economy. Spain’s growth in GDP in 2003 was 2.4%. But the impressive growth process is on a shaky base, according to DIW Berlin’s current Wochenbericht (No. 11/2004). The main reasons for the rapid rate of expansion in Spain - low real interest rates, the ...

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CO2-Emissionen in Deutschland im Jahre 2003: Witterungsbedingt leichte Steigerung

Energy-induced CO2 emissions in Germany rose by 0.4% in 2003 from 2002, to just under 837 mill. t. The increase was chiefly due to the cold weather in the first quarter, while the lower level of economic activity kept emissions down. After adjustment for temperature factors there was a fall of 5.4 mill. t. of CO2 (-0.6%).

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Konjunkturelle Aufwärtstendenz zu Jahresbeginn

The main macroeconomic indicators for Germany are pointing to improvement in the basis cyclical trend at the start of the year, according to DIW Berlin’s current Weekly Report, No. 9/2004. The latest figures on orders received are clearly pointing upward. Growth in orders received from abroad was very strong in the review period, at 3.7% quarter-on-quarter, and orders from domestic customers were similarly ...

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Enlargement of the EU Eastwards: A New Estimate of Potential Migration

A Report by DIW Berlin for the European CommissionIn a study for the European Commission, “Potential Migration from Central and Eastern Europe into the EU-15 - An Update”, the Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW Berlin) has updated its research results and examined the effects of different transition periods for the free movement of people.

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Stagnierender Primärenergieverbrauch in Deutschland

Primary energy consumption in Germany amounted to around 489 million t SKE (hard coal units) or 14 334 petajoules in 2003, which was much the same figure as for 2002. According to the current DIW Berlin Weekly Report (Wochenbericht 7/2004), the stagnation was the result of various conflicting influences. While consumption was curbed by the weak pace of growth, the cold weather in the first quarter ...

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Klaus F. Zimmermann bleibt Präsident des DIW Berlin

Klaus F. Zimmermann will remain the president of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). The Chairman of the Institute’s Board of Trustees, Prof. Dr. Günter Stock of Schering AG, announced today that Professor Zimmermann has signed a contract extending his term of office by a further five years. “Professor Zimmermann’s decision means that the excellent progress made by the DIW Berlin ...

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Die Lage der Weltwirtschaft und der deutschen Wirtschaft im Frühjahr 2003

The global economy is in the midst of a phase of weakness. In line with the escalation of the Iraq conflict and, related to it, the increasing world-wide uncertainty regarding economic and geopolitical developments, the economic recovery has stalled once again. In nearly all industrial countries, but also in the newly industrialising economies and the countries of Central and East-ern Europe, growth ...

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Moderate Growth AheadUnemployment expected to rise

Global economic activity has weakened significantly in recent months after strengthening considerably in the first half of 2002 and while the outlook remains uncertain the prospects bode well for a recovery in 2003 and 2004. As 2002 progressed activity slowed and events over recent months regarding corporate governance, volatility in equity prices and the possibility of military action on Iraq have ...

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Die EU vor der Osterweiterung: Reformchancen im Europäischen Konvent nutzen

The EU is very ill prepared for the entry of less prosperous countries with predominantly agricultural economies, because fundamental reform of the EU policies that affect the budget is still largely overdue. The DIW Berlin reaches this conclusion in the current weekly report 48/2002. However, according to the DIW Berlin the fear of an explosive increase in spending as a result of eastern enlargement ...

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Konjunktur ohne Schwung. Die ersten Ergebnisse der volkswirtschaftlichen Gesamtrechnung für Deutschland für das dritte ...

Contrary to former expectations, the economic development has not exhibited any dynamism after the second quarter of this year. According to provisional calculations real GDP has increased by 0.3% compared to the previous quarter, which means an increase by 1.1% compared to the previous year. In the current weekly report 46/2002 the DIW Berlin forecasts stagnant growth for real GDP in the fourth quarter ...

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Ernüchternde Bilanz der internationalen KlimaschutzpolitikDIW Berlin: Gravierende Verfehlung der Emissionsziele

The DIW Berlin's current weekly report 34/2002 discusses the sobering conclusions that will be drawn by the countries participating in the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg next Monday. Above all it is the industrial states that carry the majority of responsibility for the climatic problems, and they have not yet managed to reduce or even stabilise their greenhouse gas emissions. ...

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Kraftlose Konjunktur im ersten Halbjahr.DIW Berlin: Im dritten Quartal zunehmender Einfluss der binnenwirtschaftlichen ...

In its current weekly report 33/2002, the DIW Berlin reports only a slight upward trend in overall economic performance in the second quarter of 2002, as was the case in the first quarter of this year. The seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product increased by 0.2%, which exceeded the previous year's level by 0.4%. The lack of stronger expansion is mainly attributable to private households, ...

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Reform der Kommunalfinanzen dringend erforderlich.DIW Berlin: Finanz- und Investitionskrise der Gemeinden zwingt zum Handeln

The DIW Berlin reports a decline in investment activities, the main result of substantial financial problems at the local level, according to the current DIW Wochenbericht. Local finances depend heavily on the Länder, whichhave consolidated their finances over the last few years at the cost of the municipalities. Tax revenues are also performing poorly at the moment. Local budgetary law sets strict ...

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Einstellung der Deutschen zum Euro: Politische Vorteile höher bewertet als wirtschaftlicher Nutzen

Prior the introduction of euro notes and coins, German acceptance of the euro was low compared to the other countries participating in monetary union. Some enthusiasm was noted shortly after the notes and coins were introduced, but this, however, subsided in the following weeks. Yet, acceptance of the euro is greater than it was last year: then two-thirds of all Germans were concerned about the introduction ...

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Haushaltskonsolidierung im Euroraum: Nicht Ausgabenkürzung sondern Wachstum entscheidend

Economic requirements should always be taken into consideration when working to meet the targets set by EU stabilisation programmes. Consolidating budget deficits in the Eurozone in a rapid and sustainable way can only be achieved with high economic growth. The DIW Berlin reached this conclusion in its current weekly report 27/2002. Finland and the Netherlands, two countries who have been especially ...

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Probleme des internationalen Vergleichs industrieller Entwicklungen

The production index and real net output, performance indicators for industrial branches, do not provide a realistic enough picture for an international comparison of the performance trends of an industry and its branches to be made. In its current weekly report 26/2002, the DIW Berlin suggests incorporating other information into such evaluations, like employment and investment trends.

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Konjunkturerholung im Euroraum nur zögerlich. DIW Berlin: Spürbare Belebung erst in der zweiten Jahreshälfte

According to calculations by the DIW Berlin, GDP in the Eurozone increased by 0.3% in the first quarter of 2002; a figure which corresponds to a current annual rate of 1.2%. Last year's weak economic cycle seems to have begun to gradually recede. This slight recovery is mainly attributable to a higher net trade in goods and services; while exports in the Eurozone increased by 1%, imports experienced ...

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Förderung von Agenturen für haushaltsnahe Dienstleistungen schafft Arbeitsplätze für Geringqualifizierte. DIW Berlin: ...

Private households are very sensitive to changes in the price of services. This has been proven by analysis based on data collected by the DIW Berlin's Socio-Economic Panel. In its current weekly report 23/2002, the DIW Berlin shows that promoting agencies for household tasks could create employment and make an long-term contribution to the legalisation of illicit work. A legislative initiative ...

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Jeder fünfte Arbeitslose will nicht mehr arbeiten. DIW Berlin: zu wenig Kinderbetreuungsangebote, zu starke Anreize für ...

Eighty per cent of those registered unemployed are available for work - although some not straight away. One in five unemployed people, however, no longer want to work. This conclusion was reached by the DIW Berlin in its latest weekly report 22/2002, which presented up-to-date data from surveys by the DIW's Socio-Economic Panel. Sixty per cent of those unemployed would prefer to return to work immediately. ...

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Kosten der Theater in Deutschland: Output entscheidend

Theatre costs in Germany largely depend on a theatres' output - productions and performances - and not on a theatres' legal organisation or the sponsorship it receives. This conclusion was reached by the DIW Berlin in its current weekly report 21/2002. However, it is quite surprising that the higher the number of new productions is the lower the costs are. A high percentage of new productions ...

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