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Denmark and Germany biggest winners of the EU single market

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.



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.

Medien versammelt sich um Jokowie, Bürger schauen zu. Gütersloh - 22/08/2014

Jokowi's Victory: A New Era for Indonesia?

With the election of its new president, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, Indonesia is now entering a new era. In the current Asia Policy Brief, Andreas Ufen, senior research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies in Hamburg, examines what the victory means for the country's democratic development.

Two Iraqi children who fled with their families from approaching IS 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. Gütersloh - 19/08/2014

Iraq and Syria: Diversity threatened and destroyed

IS – Islamic State – has been in headlines everywhere recently. But what happened in both Arab countries Iraq and Syria that made it possible for Islamist terrorists to wreak havoc there? In an updated version of his background Analysis from June 23, Christian-Peter Hanelt, Middle East expert at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, provides answers to that question and others.

Group photo of the 2014 Trilogue Salzburg participants Salzburg / Gütersloh - 19/08/2014

Europe must focus on creating habitats for entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship and the innovation are critical to sustainable growth and social development in Europe, especially in light of Europe's shrinking workforce. As a result, participants at the Bertelsmann Stiftung's 2014 Trilogue Salzburg developed recommendations that Europe's political, business and civil society organizations can use to create a pro-entrepreneurial Environment.

A boy is painting. Gütersloh - 25/07/2014

With too few educators at early childhood education centers, quality is often compromised

The quality of early childhood education often suffers because of a lack of personnel. Many of Germany's child care centers apply staffing formulas that fail to allow for a child-appropriate ratio of staff to children. There are also substantial differences from state to state.


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