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German election: polarisation over key issues in store for coalition bargaining

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German election: polarisation over key issues in store for coalition bargaining

Friday 17 September 2021 – Vol.12 Ed.37.5

Commentary: German polemics over inflation, energy and ECB

By David Marsh in Berlin

A heady mix of polemics and polarisation over inflation, tax and spend, European monetary policies and energy lies ahead for Germany. The contours starting to form for the aftermath of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 16-year rule portend a fractious future. Whatever the post-election constellation, Germany is heading for more expansionary fiscal and economic policy. Pugilist-in-chief is Friedrich Merz, the Christian Democrats’ economic spokesman.

Read the full commentary on the website.

Podcast: Ahead of the ECB

Iain Begg, professorial research fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Silvia Dall’Angelo, senior economist at Federated Hermes Investment Management, join Ellie Groves, OMFIF, to discuss the European Central Bank’s strategy review in the context of the September policy announcement. Key questions include: will the governing council announce changes to the policy direction of the ECB, or will it continue as is? And how long can the ECB hold out before committing to the end of the pandemic emergency purchase programme, currently set for March 2022?

Listen here.

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