Holger Schmieding

Holger Schmieding is chief economist at Berenberg Bank in London. [United Kingdom] Follow him @Berenberg_Econ

German Politics: What If the SPD Balks?

Even if the SPD votes against joining a new “GroKo” government, the damage which prolonged political uncertainty in Berlin would inflict on Germany and Europe would be very limited.

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Germany and Europe: A New Relationship?

If it comes to pass, Germany’s new “grand coalition” government’s EU-related plans represent progress for Macron’s calls to reform Europe.

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Interpreting Germany’s New Grand Coalition Deal: A First Assessment

Germany will continue to gradually slip from the top to the upper middle ranks of the growth league of major European countries. Its current golden decade will end in the 2020s.

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Governing Germany: More of the Same?

Germany’s current political contortions will likely end with a fourth term for Merkel.

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Germans Live in Interesting Times

Four questions about the country’s near-term political path.

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Catalonia: First Signs of a Return to Reason?

Reviving the autonomy deal that foundered in Spain’s constitutional court back in 2010 would find the support of the majority of Spaniards, including the Catalans.

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Catalan Questions

What’s ahead for Catalonia, Spain and the EU following the tumultuous Catalan independence referendum?

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Your 12 Point Guide to the German Elections

Here’s what you need to know about Germany’s September 24 elections.

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Spain’s Catalan Independence Intermezzo

As much as quite a few Catalans may want independence from Spain, it is practically impossible. But more regional autonomy is certainly possible.

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Germany’s SPD: To Serve or Not to Serve under Merkel?

The election and subsequent choice of coalition matter. But the differences between the various options are modest rather than stark.

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