Country Forecast Germany Updater

  • ID: 2101438
  • January 2016
  • Region: Germany
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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The Economist Intelligence Unit expects the grand coalition comprising the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of the chancellor, Angela Merkel, its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) to last its full four-year term to 2017. We expect the CDU/CSU to win the 2017 general election. However, the migrant crisis has introduced an element of uncertainty to our political forecast for Germany.

Ms Merkel is under mounting pressure and her leadership beyond 2017 cannot be taken for granted. Her initially very welcoming stance towards migration is starkly at odds with majority opinion in Germany. Ms Merkel will continue to backtrack from her initial position, but she has shown little willingness for the kind of sharp policy U-turn that many voters and senior politicians are publicly calling for.

Despite having faded from the headlines, problems in the euro zone remain a key source of economic and financial risk. Germany will continue to direct the bloc's policies, but its ability to project authority across the bloc will be dented as it becomes further mired in the migration crisis.

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Country Forecast Germany Updater

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Country forecast overview: Germany's business environment at a glance
Policy towards private enterprise and competition
Policy towards foreign investment
Foreign trade and exchange controls
The labour market

Fact sheet

Outlook for 2016-20: Political stability

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