IREF - Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues
Fiscal competition and economic freedom
According to a Eurobarometer / TNS Opinion, only 50% of the French people have a good opinion of their government whereas 46% have a bad opinion (4% are undecided). In Germany, the government gathers 73% favorable opinion and 23% unfavorable opinions (4% were undecided). Yet, in 2013 public spending in Germany reach 45.4% of GDP against 57.2% in France. A huge difference - 12 points - which does not contribute to the improvement of our public sector. That is a good reason to reduce spending.