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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Panel Discussion Gütersloh / Brüssel - 22/07/2014

European Unemployment Benefit Scheme to help absorb economic shocks?

How can the European Economic and Monetary Union be improved to help it withstand economic shocks? Can a European Unemployment Benefit Scheme help improve matters by acting as a form of 'automatic stabilizer'? These were just some of the questions debated at a conference which was held on the 20 June in Brussels.

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Supporters of B.J.P.(Bharty janta party ) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi drinks tea at local tea stall in Srinagar, Kashmir to start his election camping Gütersloh - 14/07/2014

The Electoral Verdict and After: The Road Ahead for India

The decisive victory of the BJP in the 2014 Indian general elections came as a surprise to many. Most opinion polls, which had predicted a win for the BJP, had not anticipated the scale of the party's victory. A new Policy Brief examines the election results and the new government in India.

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