Martin Koehring
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Martin Koehring joined the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2011 and is a member of the Europe team, covering Finland, Greece and the Netherlands. He is an expert on the euro zone debt crisis. In addition to being fluent in his native German, he also speaks Dutch, French and Italian. Prior to becoming an Editor/Economist at the EIU, he worked as a Senior Economist at the business intelligence provider D&B. He studied International Politics in Wales, European Studies in Belgium and Economics in London.

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The EU's 2030 Climate Package Attempts Tricky Balancing Act

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2014 | (08:13)

In a long-awaited publication of its suggested framework for the EU's climate and energy policy for 2030, the European Commission has placed a stronger emphasis on boosting economic growth, job creation and industrial competitiveness compared with its previous climate package (for 2020) released seven years ago. This is highlighted by...

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Swift ECB Action Aims to Defuse Deflation Risk

(1) Comments | Posted 18 November 2013 | (09:36)

The decision by the European Central Bank (ECB) to cut its policy rate by 25 basis points to 0.25% on November 7th demonstrates that the bank takes the risk of deflation seriously. But despite the ECB's action, economic recovery prospects remain fragile and financial fragmentation in a diverse currency union...

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What Is Driving the Greek Stock Market Recovery?

(3) Comments | Posted 11 November 2013 | (12:11)

Amid the debt crisis and concomitant economic depression, the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE) lost 91% of its value between its peak in late October 2007 and its trough in early June 2012. Since then there has been a remarkable recovery in the ASE -- ahead of any significant economic recovery....

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Greece's New Focus on Exports

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2013 | (14:12)

The Greek government and its EU/IMF creditors want Greece to attract investment (especially from abroad) and boost exports in order to bring about economic recovery. But Greece has traditionally been a relatively closed economy that is only slowly opening up. On a positive note, the country is making progress on...

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Greece's External Rebalancing Is Impressive but Also Deceptive

(1) Comments | Posted 22 February 2013 | (13:08)

Greece's impressive external rebalancing has culminated in the current-account deficit narrowing to 2.9% of GDP in 2012 from almost 15% in 2008. However, this process has mainly relied on a collapse in imports as a result of an ongoing sharp contraction in domestic demand, driven by fiscal austerity. This, in...

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EU/IMF Deal on Greek Debt Offers No Medium-term Solution

(1) Comments | Posted 28 November 2012 | (14:56)

On 27 November, the Eurogroup (the finance ministers of the 17 countries that use the euro) and the IMF reached an agreement to reduce Greece's public debt to below 110% of GDP by 2022 and to ensure its repayment. The compromise avoids the need for a haircut on Greek debt...

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'Building Bridges': Grand Coalition Government Formed in the Netherlands

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2012 | (18:26)

On October 29th, the centre-right Liberals (VVD) and the centre-left Labour Party (PvdA) announced that they had agreed to form a 'grand coalition' government. The new ministerial line-up is expected to be presented to the Queen next week. The speed at which the two former adversaries agreed on a coalition,...

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Dutch Elections: Emphatic Victory for Pro-Business Liberals

(0) Comments | Posted 18 September 2012 | (11:15)

The pro-business Liberals (VVD) won a huge victory in the general election held on 12 Septemberw, just ahead of the centre-left Labour Party (PvdA). Both parties made major gains compared with the 2010 election. Dutch voters have therefore returned to the political centre and away from right-wing and left-wing parties...

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No 'Breathing Space' for Greece

(1) Comments | Posted 24 August 2012 | (00:00)

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras won the June general election promising to renegotiate the terms of the Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) that accompany the two EU/IMF bail-out deals (worth a total of €240bn) that Greece has to implement to avoid sovereign default. The cornerstone of this renegotiation plan is to...

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'Grexit' Remains Major Risk

(13) Comments | Posted 4 August 2012 | (00:00)

In June, a pro-euro Greek government was sworn in, pledging to bring the country's public finances back on track to avoid a 'disorderly' default and eventual Greek euro exit ('Grexit'). Despite the temporary respite provided by the election, Grexit risk is still fuelled by four destabilising factors: an economic depression,...

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