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German debt ratio sinking despite higher state spending

Solid growth and record employment will allow Germany to abide by EU debts rules sooner than forecast while still hiking overall state spending by five percent each year, the Finance Ministry said on Wednesday.

Source:  Daily Mail, 2016/04/13

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Germany in the rut of the Energiewende?

In 2011, in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, the German government announced its new energy reform: the Energiewende (more than a transition, it is almost a revolution). The corner stone of that innovative initiative was the nuclear phase-out by 2022 and a significant development of the renewable energy vectors in the power mix […]

By |March 10th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , , , , |

German ‘bail-in’ plan for government bonds risks blowing up the euro

A new German plan to impose “haircuts” on holders of eurozone sovereign debt risks igniting an unstoppable European bond crisis and could force Italy and Spain to restore their own currencies, a top adviser to the German government has warned. ñIt is the fastest way to break up the eurozone,î said Professor Peter Bofinger, one […]

By |February 16th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Dispute over Belgian nuclear reactors exposes EU’s conflicting energy agendas

A dispute among Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, centered on a pair of 40-year-old Belgian nuclear reactors roughly an hour’s drive from large cities across the border, is laying bare a growing European rift over nuclear energy. The nations are clashing amid deeply conflicting attitudes on a continent where carbon-free nuclear energy has fallen out […]

By |February 10th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Government bond yields send recession signal

If major government bond markets are right, the global economy is sliding towards recession and central bank easing policies will pull borrowing rates deeper into negative territory. In Germany, the average yield on all government debt is now negative, while Japan is on course to become the first major bond market with a 10 year […]

By |February 10th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Safety, cooperation, supply and mistrust: the nuclear energy policy in Belgium amid turmoil

We said it last year when assessing Belgium: “the energy supply risk profile will remain high over the foreseeable future, only mitigated by the interconnections of the power and gas grids, by the access of the country to the international fossil fuels markets and by the extension of nuclear plants lifetime. The 2003 Law, which […]

By |January 28th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , |

The oil price dilemma or the hypocrisy of cheap oil fear

The price of crude oil is stabilizing around the USD 30.00 pushing all the analysis in one direction: who are going to be the losers and who are going to be the winners? Obviously, as of now, and ever since the lifting of international embargo on Iran on January 16th, everybody is keeping a close […]

On clean energy, the wind blows from Germany

As world leaders prepared to discuss a major climate change treaty in Paris, Germany had a couple of especially windy days, which drove the share of wind energy in the German grid above 50 percent and the spot price of electricity to zero, or so close to it as to make no difference. All that’s […]

By |December 1st, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Germany Energy-Climate Risks Scorecard

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Country Report|Tags: , , , , |

Compromise and opposition on road to Germany’s renewable energy

From the wind turbines that dot the plains of northern Germany to the solar panels speckling the roofs of Bavarian farmers, the shift to renewable energy has transformed the German landscape. It has reverberated through the economy too, squeezing the profits of traditional utilities and prompting complaints from industry over high electricity prices.

Source:  FT, 2015/10/08

By |October 13th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |