Strengthening and Connecting Europe
How can Europe assume its role in global competition and vis-à-vis its neighbours in the east and south?
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Future of Europe

Strengthening and Connecting Europe

The European Union has to do greater justice to its own standards and values. Therefore, it has to improve its capacity for action and levels of acceptance. Furthermore, the European Union needs an innovative, sustainable and inclusive economy, with more social justice. The relationships between the EU and its southern and eastern neighbours have to be based on increased partnership.

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Efficient and more responsive to citizens

Restructuring competencies

What will the Future of Europe look like? To find out, we need to know who can do things better in the EU and who has the will to. Opinions abound, but we are after the Facts. read more

Social Europe

Safeguarding social inclusion in the EU

SIM Europe is a social policy monitoring instrument for the EU 28 which aims to identify and redress social imbalances. It shows where national influence is dwindling and a need to legislate at the EU level is emerging. weiterlesen

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Europe’s neighbours

Fostering stability and solidarity

Without stability in its southern and eastern neighbourhood, the EU cannot cope with the challenges of migration. Without more solidarity and understanding within the EU, further divides in the Union will be difficult to prevent. weiterlesen

Internal Market and Euro

Achieving economic union

Prosperity and growth in Europe depend on a well-functioning single market and a stable monetary union. Both need to be deepened. This project examines what makes economic sense and what is politically feasible. read more

Brussels office

Promoting Europeanization

“Learn, connect, transfer” are the watchwords for the Brussels office, as it supports the Europeanization and internationalization of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s work. read more

Landkarte von Frankreich und Deutschland

Franco-German Dialogue

Sustainability of our welfare states

Globalisation and international crises challenge the welfare states of the EU. Both Germany and France, driving forces of the Union, should, in particular, exchange experience about their models of Society. read more

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Franco-German debating series

Growth for Europe

Germany and France are confronted with similar challenges. Solutions must also be found on the local level. The debates “Which growth for Europe?“ contribute to the dialogue between German and French cities. read more

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Dialogue with the neighbours

Young Leaders for Europe

The annual Young Leaders for Europe forum is held in cooperation with the Heinz Nixdorf Stiftung. The focus in on EU relations with its southern and eastern neighbours. read more

Project News

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Policy Brief

Russia’s New Hope?

In Russia many people are currently demonstrating against President Putin. Our Policy Brief analyses the protest movements of March and June 2017. read more

Kurdische Flagge

Commentary

Kurdish Referendum causes Turbulences in the Middle East

New turbulence is gripping the war-torn Middle East. With an overwhelming majority, the Kurds in northern Iraq have voted for state independence. They are also calling for the payment of wages for the nearby victory over the “Islamic State”. The “yes” vote is highly symbolic, but not binding. Now the crucial issue is: in what form will the result play out politically? Nevertheless, Baghdad, Tehran, and Ankara have announced their Opposition. read more

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flashlight europe

Brexit and Freedom of Movement in the EU: A Legal Primer

Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU are in full swing. A main point of contention involves the freedom of movement of EU citizens. To explore the legal basis and the limitations of this key EU right, we interviewed Federico Fabbrini, professor of European Law at Dublin City University. read more

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Event

Securing a good neighbourhood in the south and east

Civil war in Syria, Libya and Eastern Ukraine, major economic and social problems in the North African states: Europe is currently surrounded by crises and conflicts. What can the "European Neighbourhood Policy" do here? read more

Publications

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Publication

Policy Brief 09/2017: New hope?

In Russia many people are currently demonstrating against President Putin. Our Policy Brief analyses the protest movements of March and June ... read more

Publication

flashlight europe 08/2017: Core European Values Under Threat

Hungary and Poland are violating core principles of law in the EU and are neglecting the rulings of the European Court of Justice. Former Vice ... read more

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flashlight europe 07/2017: Brexit and Freedom of Movement in the EU: A legal primer

Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU are in full swing. A main point of contention involves the freedom of movement of EU citizens. ... read more

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NGOs and civil society in Belarus

Belarusian civil society and NGOs continue to operate and function under restrained legal conditions, in particular when dealing with political ... read more

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European surveys

eupinions

Since October 2015, the eupinions surveys assess the will amongst Europeans for continued development of the European Union and in various areas of policy. eupinions are representative for the EU and its six largest member states. read more

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European Analyses

spotlight europe

spotlight europe and flashlight europe are our regular analyses of European issues in German and English. read more

Karten

European Voices

Europe in Dialogue

This series wants to encourage a European discourse. Different authors analyse topics from various perspectives. read more

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Europe and flight – facts

Facts on the European Dimension of Displacement and Asylum

The series gives facts on the situation of refugees and assesses mid-term developments and their effects. read more

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Social Inclusion in the EU

sim europe POLICY Brief

This series gives facts on the actual situation concerning labor market and social policies and reforms. read more