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Trialog: Leitmotif “competitiveness” in Germany
6. March 2017 @ 9:30 - 16:30
Leitmotif “competitiveness” in Germany
This Trialog kicks-off the series “Deutscher Sonderweg” on economic pluralism in Germany with the first Trialog, addressing the leitmotiv “competitiveness” in Germany. The Trialog addressed the link between Germany’s foreign trade policy, its strong competitive economy and its considerable current account surpluses. Other countries are heavily indebted with Germany. In the view of numerous economic experts Germany’s export surplus has reached a critical level and has contributed to political tensions within the European Union and beyond. The aim of the event was to identify theoretical arguments and explanatory patterns that justify German competition policy and to confront these positions with other heterodox economic positions or claims.
Guiding questions were:
- Does the Deutsche Sonderweg put cohesion in the Euro zone and the European Union at risk? If this is the case, what alternatives for a Europe-friendly economic policy are possible?
- How to judge criticism from abroad saying that the Deutsche Sonderweg is rooted in a historically justified need for security, which is however not accountable to economic reason?
- Considering Brexit, US presidency elections and the foreseeable end of TTIP – what implies the turning away from free trade for Germany’s export orientation?
More information: http://deutscher-sonderweg.de/