February 13, 2017
by Marcel Fratzscher
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Curse of the Trade Surplus

This text was published in Handelsblatt Global Edition on February 13, 2017.

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. Accusations that Germany manipulates the euro and misuses the European Union for its own interests are unwarranted. But there is also a kernel of truth that our European neighbors have been voicing for a long time: Germany’s trade surplus is tantamount to protectionism. That’s

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November 9, 2016
by Marcel Fratzscher
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Statement on the Election of Donald Trump as US President

I expect the German economy to withstand the challenges arising from a Trump presidency. German companies are competitive, flexible and well diversified globally. I don’t expect that Germany’s trade with the USA will suffer significantly. My main concern is the European economy, which is still mired in a deep economic and financial crisis. The US election makes it more urgent than ever to speed up reforms and give the European economy a growth stimulus. I expect the euro to appreciate

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November 21, 2013
by Marcel Fratzscher
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Investment, not the surplus, is Germany’s big problem

This article was first published on FT.com on 18th November 2013.

Germany is under attack from the US government, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission for its huge current account surplus. The criticism is right, but for the wrong reasons. The surplus is excessive, but the accusation that it hurts Europe is nonsense. Worse, it distracts German policy makers from tackling the true cause of the national surplus and the country’s economic Achilles heel: its huge private investment

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June 10, 2013
by Marcel Fratzscher
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EU-US free trade deal could be costly

Published in Financial Times (21st of February 2013)

There is a lot of hype about the prospects of an EU-US free trade agreement, especially in the wake of Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last week. Supporters point to the benefits such an agreement could bring to both economies. Yet the costs are likely to outweigh the benefits. Most importantly, a transatlantic deal will undermine multilateralism, in particular the long-overdue completion of the Doha round, and weaken multilateral institutions

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