Holger Schmieding

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

EU Politics: A Narrow Vote for Progress

Can von der Leyen make a difference? Probably yes — but only modestly so.

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Greece: A Solid Base for Reform

The European Commission should grant Greece short-term fiscal leeway under the condition that Mitsotakis indeed delivers the promised reforms.

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Four Reasons Why von der Leyen Can Prevail

Despite some obstacles, it is likely that Ursula von der Leyen will lead the next European Commission.

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EU: A Workable Deal on the Top Jobs

A deal on how to fill the top jobs in Europe is almost across the line. The actual candidates however are somewhat surprising.

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Boris or Jeremy: Expect No Present from the EU

Boris Johnson would face a specific handicap in his talks with Brussels. The desire to grant him any concession is virtually zero.

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Germany’s Greens: Long Wave or Short Hype?

Buoyed by its recent election success, could Germany’s Green Party claim the chancellorship when Merkel leaves office?

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No Deal Exit? UK Should Think Twice

Even in case of a hard Brexit, the UK would probably end up having to accept most of the Withdrawal Agreement.

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Brexit: Could Boris Do What Theresa Could Not?

While he did not endear himself to his continental colleagues during his stint as foreign minister, Boris Johnson’s flexibility could turn into an advantage.

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After Theresa: The Brexit Mess and the EU

Many on the continent may now see an orderly “velvet” Brexit as the least bad among the realistic outcomes.

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EU: 8 Results to Watch

EU citizens head to the polls to elect a new parliament in the most important EU election in recent times. Here’s what to look out for.

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