Christian Odendahl

Christian Odendahl

Chief economist (Based in Berlin)
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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The ECB is not the German central bank

The ECB is not the German central bank

02 December 2014
The ECB should stop waiting for German approval of more aggressive monetary policy, and Germany should back the ECB more openly.
A Greek programme for Greece

A Greek programme for Greece

05 November 2014
The programmes for Greece are not working. It is time for a new approach that focuses on the long-term and Greek ownership.
Why devaluing the euro is not mercantilism

Why devaluing the euro is not mercantilism

02 October 2014
The ECB needs to be more innovative and drastic to weaken the euro. This would help the eurozone without hurting the world economy.
How to pull the eurozone out of the mire

How to pull the eurozone out of the mire

26 September 2014
To free the eurozone, public investment, tax cuts and monetary stimulus are needed.
The banking union alone cannot bring recovery

The banking union alone cannot bring recovery

29 July 2014
The banking union is a work in progress but a significant step in the right direction. However, it will not be enough for a proper recovery.
Interest rates

The eurozone's real interest rate problem

08 July 2014
Aggressive fiscal and regulatory policies are needed to counteract the effects of divergent real interest rates in the eurozone – but this is not happening.
German investment

More investment, for Germany’s sake

13 June 2014
German investment is low while German borrowing costs are at record lows. Convincing the German government to invest will not be easy, for political reasons.
The eurozone economy needs a kick-start

The eurozone economy needs a kick-start

06 June 2014
With just as many reasons for pessimism as for optimism in the eurozone, policy-makers need to further stimulate demand and pursue more targeted reforms.
Quantitative easing alone will not do the trick

Quantitative easing alone will not do the trick

28 April 2014
In the eurozone, quantitative easing by itself is unlikely to be effective. The European Central Bank needs to change the way it manages people’s expectations, too.