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Economic Trends in Germany. Andreas Gursch Acting Director German Trade Office Taipei. Survey. Review to 2005, End of Schröder-era Analysis of Germany´s economic situation The year 2006, The Merkel-era Germany´s foreign affairs Germany´s economic outlook Germany´s best technologies.

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Economic trends in germany

Economic Trends in Germany

Andreas Gursch

Acting Director

German Trade Office Taipei


  • Review to 2005, End of Schröder-era

  • Analysis of Germany´s economic situation

  • The year 2006, The Merkel-era

  • Germany´s foreign affairs

  • Germany´s economic outlook

  • Germany´s best technologies

Review end of schr der era 2005
Review: End of Schröder era 2005

Unemployment in August 2005

Analysis of germany s strength
Analysis of Germany´s strength

  • World´s market leader in export

  • High innovation; „Land of ideas“, most patent applications worldwide

  • High qualified employees

  • Very good infrastructure

  • World´s leader in environmental protection and protection of natural resources

  • Small and medium sized companies as driver of economic cycle

  • High degree of social peace

Analysis of germany s flaccidities
Analysis of Germany´s flaccidities

  • Domestic demand is too low

  • Economic growth below average in the EU

  • Problems with educational system asserted by the european PISA-study

  • Social peace attacked by „Hartz IV“-law

  • 3 % budget deficit limitation by the EU complicates investment

The merkel era the year 2006
The Merkel-era, the year 2006

Unemployment in 2006

What happened
What happened?


  • AGENDA 2010

  • Employment law (liberalisation of job protection)

  • „Hartz IV“-law

  • Environmental technology


  • Fiscal reform

  • Tax reform

  • Social law (health)

Hightech masterplan

  • Incentives for more venture capitalism

  • Encourage people to start their own enterprise

  • Support programmes for research companies

  • „Knowledge makes markets“-campaign to support co-operation between small-and-medium-sized- enterprises and universities research institutes

  • Advancement of innovation in small-and-medium-sized- enterprises

  • Counteract the lack of specialized staff

Germany s foreign affairs
Germany´s foreign affairs

Presidency of the European Union in 2007

Presidency of the G 8 in 2007

Main focus of g 8 presidency
Main focus of G 8 Presidency

„Growth and responsibility“ as a

guiding theme

  • Design of globalized world economy

  • Development of Africa

Main focus of eu presidency
Main focus of EU presidency

  • European constitution

  • Design of economic, social and ecological future

  • Area of freedom, peace and law

  • Common foreign and safety policy

Germany s economic outlook
Germany´s economic outlook

2007 is supposed to become a booming year!

  • VAT-raise of 3 % surprisingly doesn´t stop growth of domestic demand

  • Consequently tax revenue raises and budget

    deficit is minimized

  • Unemployment rate is supposed to lower from 10.8 % in 2006 to 8.8 %

  • Expansion of industry production and even the building industry

Germany s best technologies
Germany´s best technologies

  • Automotive sector

  • Renewables sector

  • Electrical and machinery sector

Thank you for your attention
Thank you for your attention

For more information about German companies and technologies please contact the

German Trade Office Taipei4F, No.4, Min-Sheng E. Rd.,Sec. 3 Taipei 104, Taiwan Tel: +886-2-2506-9028 Fax:+886-2-2506-8182