Country focus: Germany

Welcome to the Public Centre Research Centre - Germany. This section features insightful research from Germany and similar countries on the issues and the challenges faced by public sector and government officials while providing a roadmap of the future of government. To view global publications, please choose the option "all publications" in the menu to the left.

You will find all Public Sector publications from PwC Germany here.

 

Trade & Finance Winter 2013/2014

This issue of PwC’s Trade & Finance Winter 2013/2014 examines the potential, and the management, of economic promotion programmes.

PwC Benchmark of Public Budgets in the German States
PwC Länderfinanzbenchmarking 2013

Within this report PwC benchmarks the public spending figures of the German states and municipalities and provides a forecast for the financial situation of the states in 2020 ─ the year when the German debt brake takes effect.

Trade & Finance Autumn 2013

This issue of PwC’s Trade & Finance Autumn 2013 examines the opportunities that may arise from crisis at the country and business level.

Global Policy & PwC Special Issue: Economic Policy, Governance and Institutions in Times of Crisis

PwC Germany presents this Global Policy special issue focusing on economic policy, governance and institutions in challenging times.

Trade & Finance Summer 2013

This issue of Trade & Finance Summer 2013 examines the topic of supply chains from different perspectives in terms of profitability, risk and sustainability.

Trade & Finance Spring 2013

The feature topic of PwC's Trade & Finance Spring 2013 is the dynamic economic development of China and the challenges facing the new government in Beijing

Opportunities and risks of a fiscal union (German)

This report, by PwC Germany and the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI), discusses how to stabilise the European Monetary Union through a common currency zone developed into a fiscal union with an institutionalised transfer system.

Electromobility Standards: Driving the Future

This PwC report asks, and answers, the question: Which standards does Germany need to set to become the leading provider and leading market for electromobility?

Trade & Finance Winter 2012

The topic of Trade & Finance Winter 2012 is India, one of the world´s fastest growing economies

Trade & Finance Autumn 2012

This issue of Trade & Finance Autumn 2012 examines several potential political responses in relation to the debt crisis at national and European levels.

PSRC: PwC - The financial situation of the German states

German states need to cut their public deficits and reduce them to zero by 2020. Will they all be successful?

Trade & Finance Summer 2012

This Trade & Finance issue analyses what caused the debt crisis in the Euro area and which challenges companies and banks are facing as a result.

Now what's next for the Eurozone? (German language)

This study focuses on the recent national debt debate and presents four different scenarios on the future of the euro from a German perspective.

PwC: trade + finance, Spring 2012 – Featuring Brazil: Doing Business There

According to a recent PwC study, the South American giant will become the fourth-largest economic power by 2050. This issue of our newsletter aims to clearly illuminate Brazil's enormous potential

Hamburg 2020: seize opportunities, shape the future

Which advantages does the metropolitan area of Hamburg have and where does it need to catch up? We look at the demographic development, working conditions, R&D and skill development in Hamburg.

PwC: trade + finance, no. 8 – Development Co-Operation

In this issue, we focus on development co-operation and promotion of foreign trade.

PwC: trade + finance, no. 7 - Renewable Energy in Germany

In the current issue, we turn our focus to sources of renewable energy: How can they help us achieve our climate targets, and how can we best master the substantial challenge of financing projects in this area?

Investing in Germany – from the investor's perspective

Increased investments in production facilities, infrastructure, new products and procedures as well as human capital are the key elements for a higher and more sustainable growth in Germany.

PwC: trade + finance, no. 6 - Africa

This is the sixth edition of a quarterly executive newsletter "pwc:trade+finance" focusing on selected topics in the field of trade and trade financing, in collaboration with the Global Policy Institute of the London Metropolitan University. This edition’s feature article is "ECOWAS – a review of its history and potential”, and the snapshot and viewpoint articles focus on German-African trade relations and on West Africa as a new frontier for investment.

PwC: trade + finance, no. 5 – ASEAN and the financial crisis

This is the fifth edition of a quarterly executive newsletter "pwc:trade+finance" focusing on selected topics in the field of trade and trade financing, in collaboration with the Global Policy Institute of the London Metropolitan University. This edition’s feature article is "ASEAN: The secret of success”, and the snapshot article tracks why the ASEAN countries have done so well during the financial crisis.

Evaluating the reform process of the communal household and accounting system

At the beginning of 2010, more than half of the 211 cities being member of the Deutsche Städtetag - the German Association of Cities, which is the largest national local-authority organization in Germany representing the cause of local self-government - have changed to a new communal household and accounting system based on communal household legislation and on voluntary basis.

Aid for Trade: making trade effective for development

Aid for Trade - an initiative by the World Trade Organization WTO - aims at helping developing countries to expand their foreign trade and to acquire the trade-related skills.

Germany 2020 - Jobs of the future

Demographic change will heat up the competition for qualified employees. By 2020, almost 4 out of 10 districts in Germany will face a reduction in employment. This development will mostly affect districts and cities in the East of Germany and in economically less developed regions in the West. The trend can only be reversed by a significant increase in regional investment to improve education and qualifications. These are the main findings of the study "Germany 2020 - Jobs of the future" published by the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) on behalf of PwC.

Audit proof storage of public sector data

There is need for action in the public sector when it comes to storing data in an audit-proof fashion. Unlike the private sector, where audit-proof storage has largely been adopted as common practice, the public sector is often unaware of the problem and lacks the necessary knowledge about how to store all documents that may in the long-term be required by auditors. This report from PwC and IMTB Consulting identifies areas in need of action and provides examples of best practice.

Crime rate in the public sector, 2010

Damage to the public sector by various types of crime has been covered in the media for several years and the fight against corruption is high up the agenda for all levels of government. The importance of the topic and the lack of statistical data was the motivation for PwC to conduct a comprehensive study. The aim of the study was to assess the effects of different types of crime on the public sector.

The lack of qualified staff in the ambulant and non-ambulant health segment by 2030

The health system in Germany at its current state will not be sustainable in the future. This is less a result of rising costs caused by demographic change and medical progress but rather a consequence of the lack of specifically trained staff. This study conducted by PwC Germany in cooperation with the WifOR Research Institute in Darmstadt uses a sophisticated model to analyze the trend in employment of medical and non-medical staff in ambulant and non-ambulant health facilities in the German health sector over the coming years.

PwC: trade + finance, no. 4 – Infrastructure

This is the fourth edition of a quarterly executive newsletter "pwc:trade+finance" focusing on selected topics in the field of trade and trade financing, in collaboration with the Global Policy Institute of the London Metropolitan University. This edition’s feature article is "Infrastructure: the sector of the decade”, and the snapshot article covers the challenges for infrastructure finance.

pwc: trade+finance, no. 3 - Aviation, aerospace and defence

This is the third edition of a quarterly executive newsletter "pwc:trade+finance" focusing on selected topics in the field of trade and trade financing, in collaboration with the Global Policy Institute of the London Metropolitan University. This edition’s feature article is " The dynamics and trends of the aviation industry”, and the snapshot articles covers the current perspectives and challenges for the aerospace & defence industry.

PwC: trade + finance, no. 2 - Russia

This is the second edition of a quarterly executive newsletter "pwc:trade+finance" focusing on selected topics in the field of trade and trade financing, in collaboration with the Global Policy Institute of the London Metropolitan University. This edition’s feature article is "Financial and institutional solutions for investment in capital goods in Russia”, and the snapshot article covers “Russia and the credit crunch”.

Operating ecologically: Perspectives for the futures of rural areas

Rural areas are also an important contributor to the country's economic strength. This report highlights their innovative and ecological economic potentials, which help to demonstrate the position of rural areas as important contributor to the country's overall economic strength, to sustain and furthermore to increase their attractiveness as places to live and to work and to use their natural resources in a sustainable way.

PwC trade + finance, no. 1 - the Credit Crunch

This is the first edition of a quarterly executive newsletter "pwc:trade+finance" focusing on selected topics in the field of trade and trade financing, in collaboration with the Global Policy Institute of the London Metropolitan University.