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Guntram B. Wolff

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Guntram B. Wolff

Expertise: european economy and governance, global macroeconomics and finance CV: Download CV Twitter: @GuntramWolff

Guntram Wolff is the Director of Bruegel since June 2013. His research focuses on the European economy and governance, on fiscal and monetary policy and global finance. He regularily testifies to the European Finance Ministers' ECOFIN meeting, the European Parliament, the German Parliament (Bundestag) and the French Parliament (Assemblée Nationale) and is a member of the French prime minister's Conseil d'Analyse Economique.

Guntram Wolff is also a member of the Solvay Brussels School's international advisory board of the Brussels Free University. He joined Bruegel from the European Commission, where he worked on the macroeconomics of the euro area and the reform of euro area governance. Prior to joining the Commission, he was coordinating the research team on fiscal policy at Deutsche Bundesbank. He also worked as an adviser to the International Monetary Fund.

He holds a PhD from the University of Bonn, studied economics in Bonn, Toulouse, Pittsburgh and Passau and previously taught economics at the University of Pittsburgh and at Université libre de Bruxelles. He has published numerous papers in leading academic journals. Guntram is fluent in German, English, French and has good notions of Bulgarian and Spanish. His columns and policy work are published and cited in leading international media such as the Financial Times, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Caixin, Nikkei, El Pais, La Stampa, FAZ, Handelsblatt, Les Echos, BBC, ZDF, and others.

Declaration of interests 2012

Declaration of interests 2013

Declaration of interests 2014

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Guntram B. Wolff
Thomas Walsh

The dragon sneezes, Europe catches a cold

European stock prices, financial contagion and the trade exposure to China. How the turmoil in China’s stock market is affecting European stock markets through Europe's trade exposure to China

By: Guntram B. Wolff and Thomas Walsh Topic: Finance & Financial Regulation, Global Economics & Governance Date: August 26, 2015
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Opinion

Ashoka Mody
Guntram B. Wolff

Euro Area Banks Remain Vulnerable

Strengthening the banking system is important to achieve a sustainable recovery, because it will revitalise credit to the healthier segments of the economy. However without restructuring, euro area banks are still vulnerable.

By: Ashoka Mody and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: Finance & Financial Regulation Date: August 21, 2015
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7 
Sep
2015
10:00

Productivity, innovation and digitalisation: which global policy challenges?

How can new technologies help the global economy recover from the shocks of recent years? Can ICT and digital innovation improve productivity and create sustainable growth?

Speakers: Andrus Ansip, Robert Atkinson, Andreas Goerdeler, Scott Marcus, Eduardo Navarro de Carvalho, Karen E. Wilson and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy
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7 
Sep
2015
18:30

Bruegel's Annual Dinner

The Annual Dinner is a closed-door session which offers Bruegel members and partners the opportunity to discuss the European economics in a relaxed and intimate setting.

Speakers: Jean-Claude Trichet, Donald Tusk and Guntram B. Wolff
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8 
Sep
2015
09:00

Bruegel's Annual Conference

Bruegel's Annual Conference is a closed-door event with three panel discussions on banks and capital markets, growth perspectives, and monetary policy and central banking.

Speakers: Wassim Chourbaji, Zsolt Darvas, Anna Ekström, Luc Frieden, Otmar Issing, Joanne Kellermann, Rachel Lomax, Mario Monti, Alvaro Nadal, Jean Pisani-Ferry, Dirk Schoenmaker, Paul Sheard, Jean-Claude Trichet, Nicolas Véron and Guntram B. Wolff
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8 
Sep
2015
13:00

What future for Europe's social models?

Protests and strikes across the continent have shown that European publics are reluctant to accept major cuts in social spending, but what lies ahead for Europe's social models?

Speakers: Tito Boeri, Ylva Johansson and Guntram B. Wolff
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Blog Post

Ashoka Mody
Guntram B. Wolff

Still vulnerable: the euro area’s small and medium-sized banks

In our recent research we show that the small and medium-sized banks (SMBs) – and among them the unlisted banks – remain under considerable stress.

By: Ashoka Mody and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: Finance & Financial Regulation Date: August 14, 2015
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Opinion

Guntram B. Wolff

Greece: Lessons for Europe

It was inevitable that Greece would have to make cuts. Yet, if it is ever to pay back its debts, what the country needs most of all is a growth strategy.

By: Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: August 13, 2015
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Opinion

Guntram B. Wolff

Greece’s debt burden can and must be lightened within the Euro

The current link between debt servicing and membership of the single currency leads to a vicious circle that increases uncertainty, weakens growth and makes full debt repayment less likely. There will be no confidence and no growth in Greece without a solution to the debt problem.

By: Armin von Bogdandy, Marcel Fratzscher and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: August 5, 2015
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1 
Oct
2015
13:45

12th Asia Europe Economic Forum (AEEF)

This year's conference is entitled "Global Governance of Public Goods: Asian and European Perspectives".

Speakers: Chong-en Bai, Laurence Boone, Björn Conrad, Min Chang, Jean-Francois Di Meglio, Andreas Esche, Joseph Francois, Kiyoto Ido, Sébastien Jean, Masahiro Kawai, Pascal Lamy, Klaus Masuch, Yung Chul Park, Innwon Park, Zhang Yan, Guntram B. Wolff, Mitsutsune Yamaguchi and Naoyuki Yoshino
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Opinion

Guntram B. Wolff

Griechenlands Schuldenlast kann und muss im Euroraum erleichtert werden

Die Verknüpfung von Schuldendienst mit der Mitgliedschaft in der Währungsunion führt zu einem Teufelskreis, der das Wachstum schwächt und damit eine Rückzahlung der Schulden unwahrscheinlicher macht. Wir schlagen vor, den Teufelskreis durch eine Bindung der Kreditzinsen an das Wachstum der griechischen Wirtschaft zu durchbrechen. Ein Griechenland ohne Wachstum soll keine Zinsen und keine Tilgung zahlen. Je stärker das Wachstum, desto höher die Zinsen und Rückzahlungen an die europäischen Gläubiger. 

By: Armin von Bogdandy, Marcel Fratzscher and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: July 22, 2015
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Upcoming Event

5 
Oct
2015
09:00

Secular Stagnation in Europe and Japan

This is the 3rd conference in a series of events jointly organised by Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University and Bruegel

Speakers: Toshiki Jinushi, Guntram B. Wolff, Coen Teulings, Natacha Valla, Yoichi Matsubayashi, Masahiko Yoshii, Rainer Münz, Paul Swaim, Atsuko Ueda, Grégory Claeys, Naoyuki Yoshino, Juan F. Jimeno, Ryuzo Miyao, Xavier Ragot and Philipp Hartmann Topic: Global Economics & Governance
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