12.04.2021 - In 2016, one of the big German subsidies for maritime shipping, the wage tax withholding for seafarers on ships flying the German flag, was more than doubled from 40% to 100%. Five years later it is clear this had no impact on employment. Apparently, this failure is not a sufficient reason not to extend the aid for German shipping companies for another six years. Michael Thöne comments on this in the Bundestag hearing from the perspective of subsidy control. (In German.)


15.03.2021 - Federal Europe is unlike the USA. The EU should become stronger and more sovereign through the provision of more and better European Public Goods. In order to make good this claim, the EU will have to assume more of the features of a cooperative federal state with separate standards for decision-making, administration and financing competences. In the Vision Europe Paper 4, Helena Kreuter and Michael Thöne outline the path towards such a European future. The Policy Brief can be found here.

10.02.2021 - Michael Thöne diskutiert im ifo-Schnelldienst Stärken und Schwächen des europäischen Corona-Aufbauplans. Die positive Interpretation: Die kommende Schuldenunion ist eine asymmetrische Reform, die politische Anreize setzt, Integration über verstärkte Governance und gemeinsame Steuern zu vertiefen

04.12.2020 - Ahora en español: Ahora en español: En el estudio de la GIZ Governance Fund, Jens Bullerjahn y Michael Thöne explican las finanzas municipales alemanas y la compensación financiera municipal. Buscan los beneficios para la cooperación al desarrollo. Muchas cosas sirven de modelo; algunas son malos ejemplos.

04.12.2020 - Dans le dossier du GIZ Governance Fund, Jens Bullerjahn et Michael Thöne expliquent les finances municipales allemandes et la péréquation financière municipale. Ils en recherchent les avantages pour la coopération internationale. Beaucoup de choses sont de bons exemples, d'autres sont de mauvais exemples.

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