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A Glum Scenario - If...

Article in <em>Transatlantic Internationale Politik </em>

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I n examining whether Germany’s less than stellar economic performance since the mid-1980s will continue, three questions must be posed:

  • Will Germany be a force for intergovernmentalism and statism—or for federalism and liberalism—in the European Union?
  • What will the economic agendas of the major German political parties look like?
  • Will anything erect a hard budget constraint on—or prompt an exit of savings from—the German welfare state?

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