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Global Economic Dynamics

Newsletter of November 2016

We help make complex economic dynamics transparent and understandable. The project examines the causes and effects of economic trends, as well as the connections linking one trend to another.



Is China buying “Made in Germany”?

German technology is globally very popular – including in China. However, not everyone is enthusiastic about the interest being shown in it by the Middle Kingdom (i.e. China). Takeovers by Chinese firms are being observed with increasing skepticism and in some recent cases are even subject to government review. Our study has analyzed Chinese investments of recent years and reached mixed conclusions. read more



Is Africa winning from Trade Integration?

Earlier this year the GED Team published the study “The Forgotten Continent – The effects of mega-regional free trade agreements on Africa”. In it we looked at how agreements like the TTIP, the TPP or the FTAAP could affect Africa. With our new two-part video series, we want to take a second, closer look at the African economies and their potential future role in the world of global trade. read more



Jumpstarting South Africa’s Economy

In our last post we introduced you to part one of our two-part GED video series on trade integration in Africa. We talked about Africa’s heavy commodity export reliance and about inner African trade zone proposals. In today’s video we want to get more focused and talk about trade development in South Africa! read more


Blog Post

Are Developed Countries leaving the Rest of the World behind?

Results from this blog post in short:

- Developing countries have profited from globalization over the last 25 years.
- Absolute poverty world wide is down from 35 percent of world population in 1990 to around 10 percent in 2013.
- Still the absolute difference between income in the developed and the developing world has increased steadily.
- There are several ways developed countries can counter this trend, such as reducing agricultural subsidies and granting less developed countries better access to their markets. read more


Blog Post

Donald Trump’s Trade Policy – Grab them by the Wallet

With the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States of America, the world’s largest economy has undergone a revolution. This post shall act as an opinion piece about the election and a look at the potential consequences for American trade policy in the years to come. read more


Blog Post

US-China Relations – The next big Issue for America’s new President

On 8th November, the USA elected a new president. During the campaign, China was portrayed as the embodiment of globalization trends and held responsible for what appear to be the increasingly negative effects of globalization on the USA’s economy. Will the USA, once the most prominent champion of free trade, become drawn into a downward spiral of protectionism? read more


Blog Post

How to get the EU-Turkey Relationship back on Track

As part of the preparation for our new Crossroads Turkey project, Sam George interviewed German Bundestag Member and a foreign affairs specialist Niels Annen (SPD) in a discussion on how to get the EU-Turkey relationship back on track. read more



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Andreas Esche

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