Macroeconomics & the euro

Berlin's confounding productivity gap

11 May 2019
The bustling German capital scores poorly on a scale of meeting its economic potential. But do its residents care?

Makronom: Ist die Eurozone reformierbar?

05 February 2019
Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform (CER) joined Isabel Schnabel and Mathias Dolls on the Makronom podcast to discuss eurozone reform.

The UK and Europe: What's the cost of Brexit so far?

26 June 2018
Any reasonable observer will acknowledge that the Brexit vote has curbed economic growth.

Sky News: Two years on from the referendum are we better of worse off?

22 June 2018
John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform speaks to Adam Boulton on Sky News about his research published tomorrow on the effect of the referendum on UK growth.

CER podcast: Is Macron becoming isolated in Europe?

20 June 2018
Sophia Besch asks Charles Grant about Macron's progress on his reform agenda so far.

CER Bulletin podcast: Transatlantic relationship; Brexit and financial services; UK-EU defence negotiations

14 June 2018
CER researchers brief podcast listeners on three of the most important topics for Europe this month. 

Merkel, Macron and the euro

John Springford, Pepijn Bergsen, Guntram B. Wolff
07 June 2018
In an email forum, three experts chime in on the German chancellor’s proposal for the eurozone.

Germany should finally take the lead in Europe

06 March 2018
Now she has won a fourth term, Chancellor Merkel should put little-Germany thinking behind her and be the leader that Europe needs.

CER podcast: Brexit negotiations phase 2: The politics of regulatory alignment

31 January 2018
Charles Grant talks to Sophia Besch about how the EU-27 view the British idea of a bespoke post-Brexit partnership based on regulatory alignment. 

Because of Thatcherism, we can't get a good Brexit trade deal – here's why

15 January 2018
The Independent
The UK's approach to deregulation led to a bout of economic restructuring that now makes it difficult for Britain to impose its will on the rest of the world, let alone Europe.

CER podcast: CER researchers review the year 2017

20 December 2017
Charles Grant, Simon Tilford and Ian Bond review the political themes and events that shaped 2017, and take a look at some of the predictions they made last year.
CER podcast: Will there be reforms for the eurozone?

CER podcast: Will there be reforms for the eurozone?

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Sophia Besch
08 December 2017
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska and Sophia Besch review the Commission's new proposals for eurozone reform, and look at what EU leaders should discuss at the euro summit next week in Brussels.

CER podcast series: How to save the EU

Sophia Besch, Christian Odendahl, Anand Menon, Yascha Mounk, Heather Grabbe, Constanze Stelzenmüller, Catherine Mann, Barry Eichengreen
22 November 2017
In November, the CER took more than 50 of Europe's top economists and political commentators to a conference on 'How to save the EU'.

CER podcasts: Relaunching the EU

08 November 2017
The CER has launched a major new report ‘Relaunching the EU’. In this podcast mini-series, CER researchers explain some of the reports main recommendations.

Debate: Will the euro survive as a currency long term?

Christian Odendahl, Malcolm Sawyer
23 October 2017
City A.M.
Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform, says YES.

Germany after the Hartz reforms

11 September 2017
Foreign Affairs
The odds were always stacked against Martin Schulz, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) challenger to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the forthcoming election.
Germany's labour reforms may not deserve their fame

Germany's labour reforms may not deserve their fame

13 July 2017
Germany's start-of-the-century labour reforms are getting a lot of attention these days, both as the cure-all for the country's previous economic woes and as the culprit behind inequality.

The myth of the German jobs miracle

11 July 2017
Financial Times
Christian Odendahl is one of the finest analysts of the German economy writing in English. So it’s worth your time to closely read his review of the country’s labour market reforms of the early 2000s, sometimes called “Agenda 2010” or the “Hartz Reforms”.

Der Schlüssel für Macrons Erfolg liegt auch bei der EZB

08 June 2017
Die heutige EZB-Sitzung hat gezeigt, dass die Zentralbank offenbar gewillt ist, dem politischen Druck zu widerstehen und ihre aggressive Geldpolitik beizubehalten. Das ist die richtige Entscheidung – und insbesondere für Emmanuel Macron enorm wichtig. Denn aus Deutschland wird Frankreichs Präsident wohl nur sehr bedingt die Unterstützung erhalten, die er für eine erfolgreiche Amtszeit braucht.