January 27, 2021


GERMANY: Black zero, not debt brake is the true signpost

BY Carsten Nickel

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( 3 mins) A renewed debate has emerged about the infamous debt brake after, in a newspaper op-ed, the chief of Angela Merkel’s chancellery argued for changing the constitution to effectively abandon the rule. This, however, remains highly unlikely. Instead, the more interesting question is whether the next government might drop the “black zero” policy of balanced budgets, […]

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