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Weak German car industry hampers sectoral and global development of trading partners

A sharp downturn in production in the German car industry in the third quarter of 2018 had a negative impact on its main partners and is causing global and sectoral losses, according to a new report from European research network EconPol Europe. The research shows the effect on GDP is largest in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. The report’s authors* expect the German car industry to stay in recession for the near future.

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Intra-EU labor mobility doubles in two decades, with northern member states preferred destinations

Freedom of movement of workers in the EU has doubled since the beginning of the century and is largely beneficial from east to west, but south to north emigration could be detrimental to sending countries.

These are the findings of economists Cinzia Alcidi and Daniel Gros (CEPS, Brussels), who examined the factors driving growth in intra-EU labor mobility in an opinion article for EconPol.

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