Christian Odendahl

Christian Odendahl

Chief economist & Berlin representative
Areas of expertise 

Eurozone, ECB, Germany, fiscal and monetary policy, structural reforms, political economy of economic integration, international trade, financial regulation.

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Long day’s journey into economic night

Long day’s journey into economic night

11 July 2016
Economic developments in Britain since the referendum suggest that a recession is coming. And the politics of the negotiation with the EU suggest the country will suffer a prolonged period of weak economic growth.
Why young people are right to fear Brexit

Why young people are right to fear Brexit

17 June 2016
Even Brexiters admit that there will be short-term economic costs to leaving the EU. Young people would disproportionately bear the brunt, and the effects would be long-lasting.
Europe after Bremain: A strong team?

Europe after Bremain: A strong team?

10 June 2016
If Britain votes to Remain, it should not revert to old habits of obstruction. In almost every field, it can serve its own interests best by making a positive contribution.

How to save the ideas behind TTIP

11 May 2016
European politicians face an increasingly hostile debate on TTIP. They need to show how TTIP avoids past trade policy failures and improves European regulation.
The economic consequences of leaving the EU: The final report of the CER commission on Brexit 2016

The economic consequences of leaving the EU: The final report of the CER commission on Brexit 2016

21 April 2016
After leaving the EU, the UK would face an invidious choice: sign up to EU rules and the free movement of labour, or suffer economic damage.
Shaping 21st century trade: TTIP, global standards and multilateralism

Shaping 21st century trade: TTIP, global standards and multilateralism

08 April 2016
If TTIP is open to other countries, a deal can reduce the cost of business while setting new global benchmarks and rules for trade.

Time for a regime change in Frankfurt

08 March 2016
To get eurozone inflation back to the 'close to 2 per cent' target, the ECB needs to be much bolder – and needs fiscal help.

European competitiveness, revisited

19 January 2016
European ‘competitiveness’ should be defined as productivity, and the policies to raise it are complex and counter-specific. Raising ‘competitiveness’ also requires more, not less democracy.

Has the euro been a failure?

11 January 2016
The euro has not been a positive economic and political force. But keeping the single currency together could still be less risky than dismantling it.
We don't need no federation: What a devolved eurozone should look like

We don't need no federation: What a devolved eurozone should look like

03 December 2015
At the heart of the eurozone's troubles lies a fundamental contradiction between the euro's integrationist economic pressures and the politics of democratic nation-states.

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