The Future of Europe
Europe must become more stable domestically and more forward-looking on the international level. Those are the key issues in the debate over “the future of Europe.”
Project duration: January 1, 2008 to December 12, 2010Project Description
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The EU and its Eastern Neighbors
Experts meet in Warsaw
Organized together with the Poland-based think tank DemosEuropa and the Warsaw office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the conference “The European Union and its eastern neighbors. Challenges and new chances of policy shaping” brought together a number of experts to discuss the EU’s policies toward its neighbors to the east.
The international event served as preparation for Poland’s presidency of the EU, scheduled for 2011. The Bertelsmann Stiftung has carried out numerous activities to support past EU presidencies.
Europe in Dialogue With Middle Eastern “Region of Opportunity”
Network meeting brings together foundations from Europe and Gulf region
Members of the Al-Jisr Network met over the last two days in Berlin to discuss the issues of security and cooperation. Meeting under the auspices of the Gulf Research Center in Dubai and made up of representatives of 20 foundations from Europe and the Gulf region, the network was created in order to promote dialogue among civil society actors in the Middle East. Financed by the European Commission, the network examines issues of joint interest to its members. As participants at the Berlin event concluded in a summary statement, cooperation requires security, and the instable situation in Iraq, Yemen and Iran threatens the Gulf region’s security. Moreover, the region is not home to structures promoting dialogue or cooperation, so momentum must come from outside the region.More information available here
Commission on the Black Sea
Second policy report now online: “Security in the Black Sea Region”
Regional tensions, natural resources and geopolitical rivalries make the Black Sea region a strategic but sensitive area. In the absence of cooperative structures able to contain conflict, security threats ranging from interstate conflicts to illegal trafficking have emerged.
Mitat Çelikpala, associate professor of International Relations at TOBB Economy and Technology University in Ankara, is the author of the second of a series of four policy reports presented by the Commission on the Black Sea. According to Çelikpala, the region is politically, historically and geographically divided.
Greece's exit from the Euro bears the risk of kindling a wildfire throughout Europe - possibly even on an international level - and may result in a worldwide economic crisis. Countries affected would include not only Southern member states and their EU partners, but also the USA, China and other emerging countries.
According to a recent study conducted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Prognos AG, the Fiscal Compact signed by 25 EU member states in early March leaves much to be desired when it comes to promoting economic growth. The study “Maastricht 2.0” criticizes the Compact’s debt brake rules, which are seen as being too restrictive in the long term and too lax in the short term. And they do not take into account national peculiarities.more
"The skepticism common in the West regarding these movements and the fear of fundamental radicalization must be overcome. They should be replaced instead with a more differentiated viewpoint," says Hauke Hartmann, the Bertelsmann Stiftung expert who has been analyzing developments in countries in transition for years as they make their way toward democracy and a market economy.more
Commentary by Hauke Hartmann on current political developments in North Africa and the Middle East. Analysis carried out for the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) has shown that the autocratic regimes supported by the West are actually key contributors to instability in the region.more
After November 2008, the Bertelsmann Stiftung today, for the second time, publishes a break-in of Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian prime minister and Leader of the Liberals (ALDE) in the European Parliament, on the impact of the financial crisis on the European Union and, much more, on how the EU should further integrate to overcome one of the biggest challenges to date.more
Slavery in Europe? Forced labour in this day and age? Very few Europeans are aware of the fact that human trafficking and forced labour exist in their midst. The numerous events marking the European Day Against Human Trafficking on 18 October are hoping to draw attention to this untenable state of affairs. Even if most of us are unaware of the fact, in recent years human trafficking has become one of the most flourishing types of organized crime in Europe.more
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Europe’s New Balance of Power
The Lisbon Treaty has been in effect since the beginning of December, following a long struggle within the EU to ensure its ratification. In our current issue of “spotlight europe,” we discuss the new balance of power Europe must now strike and take a slightly ironic look at the opportunities and potential for conflict inherent in the Lisbon Treaty.