Christian Odendahl

Christian Odendahl

Chief economist (Based in Berlin)
Areas of expertise 

Eurozone, ECB, Germany, fiscal and monetary policy, structural reforms, political economy of economic integration, international trade, financial regulation.

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CNBC: German coalition deal set to be announced as talks near completion

23 November 2021
Having the fiscally conservative Christian Lindner as finance minister was one of the FDP's conditions. But the party knows Germany and Europe need investment, so Germany will try to circumvent its debt brake.

A new German economic era dawns as the Bundesbank changes guard

Financial Times
22 October 2021
Global tensions have convinced politicians that an economically strong and united Europe is more important than a balanced budget.

CNBC: Impression by how smoothly coalition talks advancing

18 October 2021
"The Finance Minister has become the most important position in government after the Chancellor...The national interest of Germany will shape Christian Lindner more than Christian Lindner will shape the Finance Ministry," Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform told CNBC.

CER podcast: Europe's gas crisis heats up

14 October 2021
Christian Odendahl speaks to Ian Bond, Elisabetta Cornago and Zach Meyers about Europe’s current gas crisis.

Judy Asks: Can Germany provide leadership to Europe?

Carnegie Europe
30 September 2021
Yes, it can. The last decade of crises has left Europe with a long to-do list, and two major issues have started to overshadow the German policy debate: climate change and the new - for Berlin, anyway - geopolitical challenges.

RTE: Merkel's tenure

25 September 2021
Christian Odendahl spoke to RTE about how much of Angela Merkel's tenure has been characterised by crisis management, leaving little room at times to address other issues.

Bloomberg: CDU narrows gap ahead of election

24 September 2021
Christian Odendahl argues that German discussions on fiscal rules will influence the European debate, particularly in terms of climate. He says the current gas crisis illustrates how carbon pricing alone isn’t enough to fight climate change - you need higher investment.

New Statesman Podcast: What the SPD surge means for Germany

02 September 2021
From Berlin, the New Statesman's international editor Jeremy Cliffe presents a special series from World Review focusing on the German federal election – the runners and riders, the issues and what it means for Germany and beyond.

Bloomberg TV: Merkel's succession in disarray as party splits over nominee

13 April 2021
Christian Odendahl, chief economist at th CER talked to Bloomberg TV about the Merkel succession, and how German politics might change in the coming years.

Por qué Europa debe gastar a lo grande, como está haciendo Biden

ESglobal
05 April 2021
La magnitud del plan de gasto del presidente Joe Biden significa que la economía estadounidense va a recuperarse mucho más rápido que la europea. Sin embargo, en muchos aspectos, es la economía de Europa la que necesita más estímulos.

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