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Pretence of Knowledge: The Case of Jean-Claude Juncker

by Alexander Fink, Kevin Spur    25 November 2014    0

According to several reports, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is planning to introduce a 300 billion-euro investment package this Wednesday (November 26th). The idea is to establish a European fund that will assume liability risks on behalf of private investors. Only profitable (...)


Fiscal health means more than current government debt

by Alexander Fink, Kevin Spur    2 March 2015    0

The Greek bankruptcy of 2010 was the latest impetus for reviving the debate on robustness of governments’ budgets in the Eurozone. It became clear that in order to assess the long-term fiscal health, it is not enough to look at the much used public debt-to-GDP ratio. Additional indicators need (...)


Germany: the highest income equality among large rich economies

by Alexander Fink, Kevin Spur    30 September 2015    0

Germany Income per capita is not only high in Germany, it is also relatively equally distributed in the population. OECD data indicate that only a few small countries have income both higher and more equally distributed than Germany. In other large European countries like France, UK, Italy or (...)


Mandatory Year of Service: Coerced Community?

by Alexander Fink, Kevin Spur, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    23 January 2019    0

“This state is not for free,” said the recently-elected leader of the Christian Democratic Union, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, promoting a mandatory year of service in the military or in the social sector for all 18-25 year-olds. The idea seems well-received among the population: a survey by (...)