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.
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.more
Since 1992, increasing European integration within the EU single market has been having a positive impact on economic growth in all founding countries. This is especially true of Denmark and Germany.more
Employment opportunities for citizens and economic prospects for companies can be increased by enhancing the geographic mobility of European workers. The Bertelsmann Stiftung published today a set of concrete policy recommendations based on an extensive analysis of five scenarios seeking to identify drivers and challenges for labour mobility in 2025.more
The common policies of the EU countries have paid off. For the first time, there are evidence based calculations to prove that the transferal of policies to the EU level, and their funding through the EU, actually saves national governments money. That is the result of a study from the Bertelsmann Stiftung in cooperation with the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and RAND Europemore
The image that Germans have of Poland and the Poles is in- creasingly positive. Three out of four people in Germany now feel comfortable with the idea of having Poles as neighbors and coworkers; a majority of Germans even say they can imagine Poles as German citizens and friends. Those are the findings of a long-term study being carried out by the Ber- telsmann Stiftung and the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw.more
Germany profits considerably from the Euro, as a current model calculation of Prognos AG shows that was drawn up on the order of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. "Germany's membership in the currency union reduces costs for international trade and protects it from strong exchange rate fluctuations," Aart De Geus, chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, said.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.