Germany’s economy could live of die below next coalition: Ifo experts

Supporters of the German Social Democrats (SPD) party, participate in an election campaign rally on August 27, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.

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With Chancellor Angela Merkel due to departure office after the upcoming federal elections in Germany on On Sunday, the country’s priorities could change dramatically, especially as power could soon are shared among newer (and more unpredictable) political forces.

It is practically certain that the next government (like the current one) will be a… coalition, but what is much less certain is which parties will create a government alliance of dominate.

what shape the? next coalition takes will undoubtedly have one big consequence on Germany’s economy which is the largest and perhaps the most important in Europe.

In 2019 almost one quarter of the gross domestic product of the EU (24.7%) was generated by Germany, according to Eurostat, and thus how the country is ruled — at the same time of transition in terms of global trade and consumer trends — business.

The election is still wide open with the latest voter survey on Monday it turns out that while the left-leaning social-democratic party remains in the lead and is seen with 25% of the vote, the pronounciation conservative alliance of the CDU-CSU (Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union) has closed the gap, and currently able to win 22% of the vote. The Green Party, meanwhile, trails with 15% of the vote, according to the Insa poll for the Bild newspaper.

AN new coalition will have to be formed after the vote and German economists say certain alliances could have “huge consequences” on the countries economy.

‘Huge consequences’

Germany’s respected Ifo Institute and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung surveyed 153 economists at German universities and asked them how different coalition formations can affect the economic growthunemployment, public debt and income inequality.

for each of these measures, respondents were asked among which: coalition the highest and the lowest levels could be expected at the end of the next legislative period.

The research results, published Tuesday, found that 83% of the German economists surveyed believed that the lowest economic growth rate would be the product of a so-called “Red/Red/Green” coalition of the SPD, the Left Party (Die Linke) and the Greens.

Sun coalition of left-wing parties “would mean a turnaround” in policy direction, which one would translate to another economic policy with higher taxes and more government transfers”, noted Ifo researcher and professor Niklas Potrafke on: of the research results Tuesday, adding “that would also have huge consequences for the real economy.”

AN total of 77% of the economists said they expected, in in addition to providing the lowest economic growth, a “Red/Red/Green” coalition would lead to the highest unemployment rate and 86% believed they had the highest national debt. However, 55% of the economists also believe that such a left alliance would achieve the best net reduction in income inequality.

the devil you know

Perhaps unsurprisingly, 44% of the economists believed that a coalition of the ruling CDU-CSU alliance and the pro-business FDP (a “black/yellow” coalition) would be the . to achieve highest growth rate for Germany, although this group does not have a majority when it comes to current polls.

A “Black/Yellow” coalition would reach the lowest unemployment rate rate, according to 43%, and the lowest public debt ratio, according to 73% of the economists.

This prosperity could come at a price too many with 70% of economists die believe that such coalition would lead to the highest net income inequality and 56% see it as leading to the highest carbon emissions of all alliances.

The coke factory of German industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp on Rhine river in Duisburg, West Germany in 2019.


in togetherness second place, 18% of the economists believed that the highest economic growth could come out of An coalition of the SPD, Greens and FDP (commonly called a “traffic” light” coalition) and 18% thought the same over an alliance of the CDU-CSU, Greens and FDP (known as a “Jamaica” coalition).

“Should either be a so-called traffic light of a Jamaica coalition are formed, respondents believe that the effects on growth, inequality, the public debt ratio, unemployment rate, and CO2 emissions would more restrained,” noted Potrafke.

Polls wide open

Currently there are several of possible coalition options, with most facing stumbling blocks to the formation, meaning there are likely to be lengthy negotiations after the election due to: policy differences between the parties in areas ranging from economics to climate objectives.

“Coalition building can take time,” Teneo Intelligence macro analysts said: in a note on Monday.

“Less than one week ahead of the federal elections of September 26, the Social Democrats remain lead in the polls. However, the Christian alliance seems to have gained ground. But even if the SPD wins, it doesn’t necessarily mean that minister of Finance Olaf Scholz de next chancellor; CDU/CSU candidate Armin Laschet could still try to outsmart Scholz, for for example by trying to form an alternative government with the Greens and the centre-right Liberals (the FDP).”

journalists and party members watch on a screen of the press center (LR) Olaf Scholz, the German minister of Finance, Vice-Chancellor and the Social Democrat (SPD) candidate for Chancellor and Armin Laschet, State Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia and candidate for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) for Chancellor as they attend an election debate on TV in Berlin on 12 Sept.


The CDU-CSU is used to in power, but that can all change later next Sunday vote; both the SPD and the Greens candidates for Chancellor, Olaf Scholz and Annalena Baerbock, have suggested that neither of they have a lot of appetite for An coalition with the CDU-CSU.

“I think, after 16 years, a lot of voters would… like for the CDU to finally in to go opposition againScholz said during the… last TV debate between the main contenders for the chancellery on Sunday.

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