Elites turning a blind eye to social inequality Dezember 23, ZEIT ONLINEGermany’s widespread social inequality is real – but politicians are still in denial. America First, But Germany Second March 16, Foreign Policy If Trump wants a Europe that takes care of its own needs, he needs a strong partner in Berlin. Comment on Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates March 16 The Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates was long overdue. Trump’s brand of populism feeds on frustration and fear January 20, ZEIT ONLINE As long as he can pit people and nations against each other, Trump will remain in power. But there is a way to smash his “anti-politics.” Statement on today’s meeting of the Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) March 9The ECB is right to orientate its policy towards price stability at the mid-term and not to react to short-term price movements. Germany’s Misunderstood Trade Surplus March 7, Project SyndicateThe three fallacies of Germany's trade surplus: it's not exports, nor Euro, but investment gap. In Germany, the poor are getting poorer March 3, ZEIT ONLINE More Germans than ever are at risk of poverty – and politicians are increasingly unwilling to acknowledge their plight. The trend is taking on a life of its own, and it’s threatening our democracy. Germany’s equal pay laws stuck in the Stone Age January 13 , ZEIT ONLINEWomen themselves are to blame for the fact that they earn less, and any laws governing equal pay would pose an unnecessary economic burden – right? Wrong. A German debate over the future of Europe is long overdue February 28, Financial TimesThe emergence of Martin Schulz as the centre-left Social Democrats’ (SPD) candidate for chancellor has fundamentally altered the dynamics of German politics. Germany’s savings madness February 17, ZEIT ONLINE Germany is generating substantial export surpluses – but the profits are being squandered abroad. The solution? Investing in Germany. Curse of the Trade Surplus February 13, Handelsblatt Global Edition The criticism of Germany’s trade surpluses by the U.S. government has caused collective indignation here at home. Much of the criticism is not fair. No envy, please! February 3, ZEIT ONLINE “Time for fairness“ is the motto of the new candidate for Chancellor of the German Social Democrats, Martin Schulz, in his campaign against Angela Merkel. The slogan is bound to strike a chord in a country where 70 percent of the people feel that inequality is too high. But the issue of fairness should not be the one at stake.