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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, 2010

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Karte Osteuropa

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.

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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.

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Press Releases

Aart De Geus, chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, and others during the press conference about the study's results in Brussels on Thursday. Brussels / Gütersloh - 11/07/2013

The EU can save billions

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 Europe

Signs with the coats of arms of Poland and Germany hang side by side from the railing of a bridge. Gütersloh / Berlin - 27/06/2013

Germans have increasingly favorable attitudes toward Poles

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.

Euro coins lie piled up in front of the Flag of Europe. Gütersloh - 29/04/2013

Germany profits from the Euro

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.

Two businessmen shake hands. Washington, DC - 18/04/2013

Tempered Optimism Greets TTIP

A survey of 120 stakeholders in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations reveals that 88 percent believe the United States of America and the European Union will come to an agreement on expanding their economic ties. The results are included in a 10-page report released today at the 5th annual Bertelsmann Foundation-Financial Times conference in Washington, DC.

Gütersloh/Brüssel - 17/10/2012

Greece's Withdrawal from the Eurozone Could Cause Global Economic Crisis

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.

Gütersloh - 30/08/2012

Bertelsmann Stiftung recommends reform of European sovereign debt rules

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.



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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.

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