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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble speaking at the discussion of the Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington, DC
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble at the discussion hosted by the Bertelsmann Foundation on Thursday
Source: Kaveh Sardari

Eurozone crisis: Schäuble demands reform, not spending

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has vigorously defended the need for structural reform and the avoidance of further spending and deficits to spur European economic growth. In a discussion hosted by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the minister also tamped down concerns about German economic health.


Video recording of the event


Eurofighter jets belonging to the German and Italian military are lined up at an air show in Waddington in the UK. Brussels - 13/10/2014

Joint EU defense could save billions

In light of its outdated equipment, Germany's military is struggling to shoulder its increasing responsibilities around the world. Budget gaps are preventing it from taking on the role it should. The problem could be solved, however, if the EU's 28 national armies were to eliminate duplicated structures. In other words: Europe needs a truly integrated Military.

A businessman dressed in a suit walks past a homeless person who sleeps next to the sidewalk. Gütersloh / Brussels - 15/09/2014

Social imbalance in Europe is increasing

Europe is making some progress in terms of economic stabilisation, but the level of social justice has declined in recent years in most EU states. This is the result of a new index comparing the justice of all 28 EU states, which was published today by the German foundation Bertelsmann Stiftung.

A poster in Edinburgh with the appeal to vote on September, 18th. Gütersloh / Brüssel - 10/09/2014

Flashlight Europe: Aiming for Independence

Scotland might soon be independent. On September 18 the country will vote on whether or not it will remain in the United Kingdom. The pro-independence faction has been gaining supporters at a rapid pace. What will happen if the country actually decides to leave? What will it mean for the Queen? Would Scotland start using the euro? Not necessarily.

The Petronas Towers, a landmark of Kuala Lumpur, site of the 2014 GES. Gütersloh / Kuala Lumpur - 05/09/2014

The Bertelsmann Stiftung at the Global Economic Symposium in Kuala Lumpur

Migration flows, social cohesion, education in a digital age – those are just some of the topics the Bertelsmann Stiftung will be examining at the Global Economic Symposium (GES), which begins on Saturday. The foundation's specialists will be offering a total of seven workshops at the international conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Small flags in the colors of Germany and Brazil stand on a table. In the background one can vaguely recognize people sitting around another table. Gütersloh - 01/09/2014

Brazil and Germany: A 21st-Century Relationship

Brazil and Germany present many opportunities for fruitful bilateral trade and investment. This is the result of a study authored by the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Global Economic Dynamics project and a team of economists from Brazil's Fundação Getúlio Vargas which was presented today at the German-Brazilian Business Conference in Hamburg.


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