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.


Piqd: Armes Deutschland – 15 Jahre Hartz IV

13 October 2017
Christian Odendahl ist Chefökonom des Londoner Centre for European Reform (CER) und als solcher schreibt und denkt er zu europäischen Wirtschaftsfragen: Eurokrise, Banken, Wachstum, Handel, politische Ökonomie. In seinem Policy Brief “The Hartz Myth: A closer look at Germany’s labour market reforms” hat er untersucht, was die ökonomischen Umstände der Reformen waren.

Marketplace: Will Merkel go along with Macron's EU reform plan?

09 October 2017
Christian Odendahl of the Centre for European Reform in Berlin said the new coalition government will tread carefully and try not to upset the new French president.

Judy Asks: What next for Europe after the German election?

Carnegie Europe
26 September 2017
Experts from Europe and across the globe weigh in on the range of domestic, European, and foreign policy priorities facing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the new coalition government in Berlin.

Sky News: Merkel admits 'challenge' of AfD winning seats in parliament

25 September 2017
Christian Odendahl speaks to Sky News on the results of the German electioins (from 02.50 mins)

CER podcast: Briefing on the German election

21 September 2017
Christian Odendahl and Sophia Besch discuss who is likely to win on Sunday, what the German election will mean for Europe, and what it will mean for Brexit negotiations.
CNBC: What could the next German government look like?

CNBC: What could the next German government look like?

20 September 2017
Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform, discusses the formation of the next German coalition with CNBC live from Berlin.

LSE public lecture: A changing Germany in a changing Europe? The German elections and implications for Europe

14 September 2017
Christian Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform joined the LSE to disuss the forthcoming elections in Germany have important implications for Germany, for Europe and international politics.

Germany after the Hartz reforms

Foreign Affairs
11 September 2017
The odds were always stacked against Martin Schulz, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) challenger to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the forthcoming election.

Why Berlin won't come to UK's rescue on Brexit

08 September 2017
With the German election around the corner, the United Kingdom appears to be holding out hope that a fourth term for Chancellor Angela Merkel and a potentially more pro-business coalition partner could come to its rescue in divorce talks in Brussels.

France Culture: Flexisécurité, Loi Hartz, Jobs Act : l’Europe à la recherche d’un modèle

04 September 2017
Christian Odendahl speaks to radio France Culture about the German Hartz reforms (in French, from 40.00 mins).