Holger Schmieding

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

German “New SPD”: No Real Red Lines, No Hard Deadlines

It looks like CDU/CSU and SPD agreeing to stay together throughout 2020. But the risk that the SPD throws in the towel continues to loom large.

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German Politics: Bad News for Merkel

Germany’s center-left SPD will be led in the future by a little-known left-wing duo that is highly critical of the SPD’s role in Angela Merkel’s government.

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Will Germany See Red Soon?

Germany’s parties on the left are only a few percentage points short of a potential majority.

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Merkel’s Exit?

Quirky SPD race could decide Angela Merkel’s fate.

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The Brexit Saga: Seven Lessons for the EU

The lessons that the EU will – hopefully – draw from Brexit should give it a good chance to weather other storms.

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Johnson’s New Deal: Not Good Enough

The UK’s new Brexit plan raises five EU concerns.

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Brexit Flash: Boris Versus Parliament

Suspending parliament would accentuate the hard Brexit risk and the UK’s constitutional crisis.

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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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