Household net wealth in Germany increased significantly between 2014 and 2017. In particular, real estate owners benefited from rising prices in this context. The distribution of wealth remains unequal.
The German economy grew moderately in the first quarter of 2019. However, in the Bundesbank’s assessment, the still positive development was largely attributable to one-off effects. The Bundesbank's economists write that the already booming construction sector profited further from the favourable weather in February, for example.
Weidmann: Significant slowdown in economic activity in Germany
Economic activity in Germany has slowed down significantly. Speaking on the sidelines of the IMF and World Bank spring meeting in Washington, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann noted that economic growth in 2019 will lag far behind potential output growth of 1.5%.
Tearing down the barriers to free capital flows and investment
Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann and the President of Banque de France, François Villeroy de Galhau, are putting all their weight behind the completion of a capital markets union within the EU. In a joint statement, they write that the capital markets union “can promote growth and stability for the EU as a whole."