News 2015

Sinn Welcomes Interest Rate Increase in the USA

12/17/2015 “The zero interest policy pursued for years deprived the interest rate of its selection function, meaning that it could no longer be used to distinguish between profitable and unprofitable assets.” Read more

Ifo President Sinn Sceptical About Paris Climate Change Agreement

12/14/2015 “Ultimately, this agreement, like its predecessor the Kyoto Agreement, will not prevent a further increase in the use of fossil fuels.” Read more

Ifo President Sinn Criticises Central Banks

12/11/2015 “It is a scandal that money creation of 358 billion euros apparently took place and that ECB President Mario Draghi, by his own admission, was unaware of what these funds were going to be used for.” Read more

Hans-Werner Sinn Wins “Professor of the Year” Award

12/08/2015 Kempen: “He is a free thinker with strong opinions and an independent voice of warning outside the political mainstream whose arguments spark and fuel debate.” Details

Ifo President Sinn Criticises Expansion of ECB’s Bond Buying Programme

12/03/2015 “Doing even more is going too far, in view of the effects already visible to date. It confirms suspicions that the ECB is more concerned with bailing out ailing states and banks, rather than carrying out monetary policy.” Read more

“Can the Islamic State Unify Europe?”

11/27/2015 If recent events have taught us anything, it is that the biggest threats to the EU stem not from inadequate fiscal risk-sharing, but from insufficient coordination on foreign-policy and security challenges. Read more

Ifo Economic Forecast

12/09/2015 Press conference: Ifo Economic Forecast for 2016 in Berlin, 9 December, with Prof. Sinn and Prof. Wollmershäuser. Details

Review of Half a Century

12/10/2015 Public University Lecture by Hans-Werner Sinn, Monday, 14 December 2015, 6.00 p.m., Great Hall of the Ludwig Maximilians University, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 Munich. Details

Süddeutsche Zeitung: The Economic Summit 2015 in Berlin

11/17/2015 Hans-Werner Sinn in cross-examination: Greece, Germany and the Euro. Details

International Migration and Europe

11/06/2015 Press Conference with Profs. Sinn, Felbermayr and Poutvaara on Migration. Read more

Ifo BrIEF 2015: Is Europe back on a Growth Track with its Energy Union and in Promoting Innovation?

11/05/2015 Press Conference with Profs. Sinn and Falck on German Energy Reform and Innovations on 5 November in Brussels at 13:30. Details

“Do not perpetuate the Dutch Disease in Europe: Lessons from German reunification for a European Fiscal Union”

11/01/2015 With a European transfer union on the cards, we can learn a lot from Germany’s reunification – a transfer union of sorts. Read more

“The Situation in Greece and the Future of Europe”

10/28/2015 Special Munich Seminar, 28 October 2015, with Prof. Yanis Varoufakis, former Minister of Finance of Greece, Marc Beise, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Hans-Werner Sinn. Details

“Don’t Lend to Your Euro Friends”

07/28/2015 After months of games and brinkmanship, and only a week after Greek voters rejected the conditions for a €7.5 billion rescue package, the end came swiftly. Read more

“Exit, Devaluation and Haircut for Greece”

08/06/2015 I have enormous respect for Jeffrey Sachs as an able and thoughtful economist. Yet I believe that he misses a historical reality. His comparison with Germany under the Weimar Republic is askew. Read more


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