Articles by Lidia Conde

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Lidia Conde
She studied journalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Since 1991, Lidia lives and works in Germany as a correspondent for several Spanish newspapers, in which she has covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German reunification. Seeking an answer to how Europe could become competitive and fair, too.
"The social market economy will be able to function, but it will need to be updated"

“The Social Market Economy Will Be Able To Function, But It Will Need To Be Updated”

Lidia Conde (Fráncfort) | Achim Wambach has been the president of the European economic think tank ZEW in Mannheim since 2016. He is also president of the antimonopoly commission and the Association for Social Policy. He forms part of National Platform on Electromobility and works in the advisory council of the State of Baden-Württemberg for sustainable economic development.


Germany Expects A Record Year In Employment

Lidia Conde (Frankfurt) | All the labour market data in the country are brilliant. Since 2007 it has gone from 40.3 million people in work to 45.2 million in 2019 (45.5 in 2020). In ten years Germany has gone from 8.6% unemployment to 3.1%. There is even a shortage of skilled labour. And its citizens are happier than ever with their quality of life.

 


Germany fears to lose welfare state to pay refugees

Germany: The Ideological Turn Of Fear

Between July 2015 and July 2018, 1.3 million people have sought asylum in Germany. The three years between the festive welcome to the refugees in Munich railway station and the xenophobic revolt in Chemnitz (Saxony) in September – after the stabbing of a 35 year old German, reportedly by foreigners – have seen an unprecedented renaissance of conservative politics.


Trump's trade strategy could work

“Trump’s Strategy Will Work If The World Lets It And Doesn´t Push Back”

Gabriel Felbemayr, since 2010 Director of the Centre for Foreign Economy at the Ifo Institute in Múnich, explains that “the EU has a clear advantage over the US in the old economy: cars, machinery and chemicals. But the US enjoys an advantage in the so-called new economy, in digital and financial services, leisure. This is the target for the EU.”


Germany first politics damages the Merkel's government coalition

Bavaria Imposes “Germany First”

Trump is contagious. The President of Bavaria,  Markus Söder, and the conservative Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, both Social Christians, have found the magic recipe of Germany first politics to defend their coalition’s -CSU is the partner of Merkel’s CDU in Berlin- absolute majority in the next state elections in the region in October.


“The German States That Receive Money From The Richer Regions Do Not Grow More”

Lidia Conde (Frankfurt) | “Some German federated states contribute to finance the budgets of other Länder to enjoy a similar living standard, but the experience is that the differences between those who pay and those who receive are consolidated. That’s why this system does not operate in Europe,” says Volker Wieland, one of the five members of the German Government´s Council of Economic Experts.


Germany Is Not Catalonia’s Pro-Independence

Is Germany pro-independence? No, no it isn’t, despite the fact that the separtist propaganda operates intelligently in Germany – with Puigdemont top of the list, in his role as the victim of an oppressive and anti-democratic Spain.



Germany's fears China

Germany’s Fears Continue To Increase (Now It’s China)

In February, acquisitions by Chinese investors in Germany reached a new dimension. A Chinese multi-millionaire has become the biggest shareholder in Daimler AG. The entrance of the influential Li Shufu into the world of Mercedes is proof of the scary Chinese presence in German companies (Deutsche Bank, the robots manufacturer Kuka and in many high tech firms).