Germany posted a record-high current account surplus of 8.5% of GDP in 2015; indeed, the German surplus has overtaken China’s surplus as the largest in the world. Germany’s current account was slightly in deficit when the euro was created in the late 1990s, it steadily increased in the early 2000s and has continued to rise since the Global Crisis of 2008. Since 2010, the increase in the current account has been accompanied by fiscal surpluses, with the German government moving from a deficit of 4% of GDP in 2010 to a surplus of 1.2% in the first half of 2016.
Eurostar International Ltd. said the pound’s decline against the euro following Britain’s vote to quit the European Union is stimulating tourist travel to the U.K. and helping to offset a decline in demand for visits to Paris and Brussels following terrorist attacks there.
Jonathan Fullwood. With trade negotiations apparently looming, one may wonder with whom the UK trades most. Given the geospatial aspect of the data, perhaps a map may help. Even better, how about a cartogram? Cartograms can be formed by distorting a map so that the areas of countries correspond to the relative values of some…
Dean Baker has been rather taken out behind the woodshed and given a good spanking by several economists. The point at issue here is whether the trade deficit causes unemployment or not. And the answer is that it doesn't. Trade doesn't have any effect upon employment or unemployment in general [...]
The recent decision by the Bank of Japan to increase the scope of its quantitative easing is a signal that another round of currency wars may be under way. The cause of the latest currency turmoil is clear: In an environment of public and private deleveraging, monetary policy has become the only available tool to boost demand.
Last autumn all the talk was of the impact of a plunging sterling exchange rate and the UK’s struggle to find new export markets. According to most observers it was time to ‘rebalance’ the economy towards a more export-lead model of growth. George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, talked of “a Britain.
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