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Two Iraqi children who fled with their families from approaching ISIS fighters to the Aski Kalak refugee camp. The older girl carries the younger boy on her arm. In the background one can see big tents.
Source: Emin Ozmen / LEJOURNAL/SIPA/1406161444/ddpimages

Iraq and Syria: Diversity threatened and destroyed

ISIS – Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – has been in headlines everywhere recently. But what made it possible for Islamist terrorists to gain so much power in both Arab countries? In his background analysis, Christian-Peter Hanelt, Middle East expert at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, provides answers to that question and others.

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An eye behind a keyhole Guetersloh / Washington - 10/07/2014

"Obama's Choice"

The latest allegations of US spying in Germany have unleashed a new bout of anger in Berlin against Washington. Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser writes: This time, if the Obama administration does not meet Berlin's expectations for clarification of and an end to such intelligence activities, the whole of German-American relations are jeopardized.

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Jinping and Merkel in front of the chinese and the european flag. Gütersloh - 04/07/2014

Policy Brief analyzes challenges and opportunities of Chinese investment

German chancellor Angela Merkel, accompanied by a business delegation, is visiting China. Mutual investment flows will be one topic on her agenda. German investors in China still encounter many hurdles, whereas Chinese companies in Germany may count on a generally open investment environment.

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Picture of the 32 participants. Gütersloh - 03/07/2014

"A Wall through the Mediterranean Sea?"

"If the EU stops its engagement in its southern neighbourhood, we will have to build a new Berlin wall through the Mediterranean," Alar Olljum, representative of the European External Action Service provocatively stated in front of 32 young leaders from selected EU member states and North Africa at the first Young Leaders for Europe Forum.

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Tunisia's interim president, Moncef Marzouki, presents his country's new constitution on January 27, 2014, following its signing at the National Constituent Assembly in Tunis. Gütersloh - 18/06/2014

The Mark of Democracy – A Fact Check for Tunisia

While Libya's and Egypt's fledgling democracies are already under threat, Tunisia continues to make considerable progress. In conjunction with a conference on Thursday that will bring German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa together in Berlin, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is examining the political situation in the country in which the Arab Spring began in 2011.

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A stack of Euro coins in front of the European flag. Brussels - 12/06/2014

Deepening the debate on automatic stabilizers for the Eurozone

How can the Eurozone be better equipped to deal with external economic shocks in the future? These and other questions will be addressed during an international conference that will take place in Brussels on 20 June, organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the European Commission. 150 internationally renowned policy-makers and experts are expected to participate.

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