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Twelve Stars

Online debate on the future of the EU

Together with the "Twelve Stars" project the Bertelsmann Stiftung is initiating a pan-European online debate starting 18 May. The project aims to bring together leading EU experts and academics with citizens from across Europe to jointly discuss the most urgent questions about the future of Europe. read more...



Poland's disoriented EU policy

Poland's political landscape has been in flux since 2015, reflecting a mindset shift by a disillusioned population. Its declining democratic credentials have sparked a growing distance with the rest of the European Union. And there is scant sign that bridges will be built any time soon. An analysis by Piotr Buras. read more...


Brief Overview

Seven Years of Syrian Civil War

In March the conflict entered its eighth year of war. It began in 2011 with social and political protests, escalated into a civil war and developed into a proxy war of various actors. Among them, crucial are Iran, Russia, Turkey and increasingly Israel and the United States. Half of the Syrian population have either fled abroad or been displaced within the country. read more...



Is Viktor Orbán a sure winner even though he is weaker?

Under Viktor Orbán, Hungary has long been an enemy of democratic values and acted as an impediment to the deepening of the European Union. Will the parliamentary elections on April 8 change that? An analysis by Anton Pelinka,  professor of political science and nationalism studies at the Central European University in Budapest. read more...



Putin before His Re-election - Increasing the Dose of Nationalism

In Russia, there is no doubt as to Vladimir Putin's re-election next Sunday. A high turnout, however, is doubtful. The only serious challenger, Alexei Navalny, who is not admitted as a candidate, is calling for an election boycott. Putin is mobilizing by demonstrating Russia's military clout. A commentary by our Senior Expert for Eastern Europe, Miriam Kosmehl.



Europeans see the EU as a protective umbrella in the era of globalization

Right-wing conservative parties are mobilizing votes throughout Europe with their criticism of globalization and the EU. By contrast, centrist parties cannot agree about how best to respond to this policy of rejection. The current edition of eupinions shows what Europeans think about globalization and the role the EU should play. read more...

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Brexit and free movement – a CEE perspective

On December 8, 2017, an agreement on EU27 freedom of movement rights for non-UK citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU was finally reached between the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government, just before the December 2017 European Council Summit. Our policy paper analyses the situation with particular regard to the CEE perspective. read more...


Publication series

Europa Briefings

In the publication series “Europa Briefing”, the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin cover key topics of European politics and present possible scenarios: What is the problem? What might happen next? And what can politics do now? read more...


Publication series

Europa Briefings

In the publication series “Europa Briefing”, the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin cover key topics of European politics and present possible scenarios: What is the problem? What might happen next? And what can politics do now? read more...


Event – 20.10.2017

Euro reform: Where are we?

The project invited Berlin-based policy-makers and experts to discuss the state of play of Eurozone reforms on the eve of German coalition negotiations. read more...


Europa Briefing

Economic government: What kind of coordination for the Eurozone?

How are decisions made in the euro area? And how democratic are they? These questions moved to the centre of the debate during the euro crisis. Under tremendous time pressure, solutions had to be found for stabilising the euro. New institutions and rules were created such as the European Stability Mechanism, the Banking Union and the Fiscal Compact. Who makes the decisions in the Eurozone today? Is there a democratic deficit? Does the currency union need better control mechanisms – or are the old ones good enough? read more...


Policy Brief

Russia’s New Hope?

On President Vladimir Putin's 65th anniversary the demonstration in Russia demonstrated in approximately 80 cities. Despite being arrested, Putin critic Alexei Navalny managed to mobilise all over the country. Our policy brief "A New Hope" analyses the conditions of the protest movement of March and June 2017 and the "protest potential" among young Russians. read more...


Europa Briefing

European taxes: Do we need them?

In the European Union, each member state is responsible for its tax system. Different national regimes help with tax competition, but can also lead to tax evasion or unfair rules in the Single Market. That is why better coordination or even standardisation of taxes is debated. What tax regulations are there already in the Single Market? What would be the advantages and disadvantages of a European tax? And what reforms are being discussed in Europe? read more...



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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Sustainable policymaking at risk due to rising political polarization

Despite many global challenges more and more industrialized nations are unable to solve problems in a constructive way. And: Whether Trump, Erdogan, Orban or Szydlo - an independent parliament, judiciary and media doesn't count much for them. Instead they agitate against minorities and other countries. With partners like that international cooperation is getting more complicated.    read more...


Europa Briefing

Sovereign debt: Do we need an EU solution?

High levels of sovereign debt have become a serious issue in the Eurozone. This does not just affect the individual member states: The European debt crisis has shown that difficulties in one euro-area country can spread to the entire currency union. What strategies are being discussed for reducing sovereign debt? Would a stronger role for the EU help to reduce debt over the long term or should this be left solely to the member states? read more...


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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...



Germans are more optimistic about their future than their European neighbours

The refugee crisis, Brexit, growing populism – recently there has been a spate of events and trends that have completely transformed the political landscape in Europe. But in Germany, these changes predominantly seem to be fostering the need for stability. Our new "eupinions" study shows that the Germans are much more optimistic and satisfied than other Europeans. read more...


Europa Briefing

Imbalances: Should the EU intervene?

Economic imbalances keep recurring in the EU. Differences in trade balances dominate the debate. Germany has been generating very high surpluses for years and meets serious criticism for this reason. Are imbalances a threat to the EU, and what role does the euro play in this? Should politicians adjust differences in the balance of trade? And if so, is that up to national governments or the EU? read more...



Macron's first 100 days: Convincing, but problems are already in sight

After a hard-fought election, many people in France are hoping that their new president will be able to unify the country. Tuesday marked Emmanuel Macron’s 100th day in office, and he is off to a convincing start – writes Prof. Henrik Uterwedde, our Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI) expert for France. Yet a crucial test awaits Macron at summer’s end. read more...



Our sea, our problems, our solutions

Relations between the EU and its southern neighbours are strained at present. The consequences of the civil wars in Syria and Libya, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the high level of youth unemployment in Tunisia and Morocco are being clearly felt here too. It is time for the Europeans to revive their Mediterranean policy, argues our Middle East expert Christian Hanelt. read more...


Europa Briefing

EU budget: What's the cost of Europe?

The European Union’s budget is relatively small but how it is fi nanced and for what purpose it is used is controversial. The debate around this issue is coming to a head with the pending departure of the United Kingdom. Where does the EU get its money from? Who benefi ts from the spending? And what ideas are there for a more transparent and effective budget? read more...

European Neighbourhood Policy - East and South


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? We discussed this with a group of experts, including the foreign ministers of Estonia and Malta, in Berlin on 14 July. read more...


Europa Briefing

The four freedoms in the EU: Are they inseparable?

The four freedoms govern the movement of goods, persons, services and capital within the EU. They are the cornerstones of the Single Market and the common currency. Many citizens see them as the greatest achievement of the European unification project. Brexit has reignited the discussion surrounding the free movement of people - that is the opportunity to live and work in any EU country. Technically speaking, it is possible to separate the four freedoms, but does it make political sense? read more...



Eurozone policy – a look ahead

Eurozone policy – a look ahead. With this guiding motto the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin launched their new series “Europa briefings“ on 11 July at the Allianz Forum in Berlin. At an event called “EU to go”, a short and interactive format aimed at decisions-makers in the German capital, the team presented six recent publications. The briefings cover topics in European economic policy and answer the questions: What is the problem? What might happen next? And what can policy-makers do now?” read more...


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Leaving the euro: An emergency exit for the currency union?

The euro does not provide its members with any option to leave. This protects the common currency against speculative attacks on the one hand. The euro crisis demonstrated on the other hand how difficult it is for Eurozone countries to  constructively solve economic and fiscal policy conflicts among themselves. Why was the euro designed as a one-way street? What would be the consequences of an exit option? And what alternatives are there to an exit?  read more...


Europa Briefing

Banking Union: How stable are Europe’s banks?

The euro crisis was, besides an economic and sovereign debt crisis, a full-blown banking crisis. The Banking Union was thus created precisely to break the vicious circle of ailing banks and weak government finances in the Eurozone. For the moment, it consists of a European Single Supervisory Mechanism and a Single Resolution Mechanism. But the project remains incomplete. How stable are Europe's banks almost eight years after the start of the euro crisis and what is in store for the Banking Union? read more...


Final report

New Pact for Europe

After a first successful period in 2013-2015, which included more than 80 events in 17 EU countries and the publication of two major reports, which elaborated five strategic options on the future of the EU, the New Pact for Europe project entered a new phase in 2016-2017. read more...


Europa Briefing

Convergence: Are the Eurozone countries simply too different?

The Eurozone countries are economically different. The crisis has rendered some of these differences more acute and this could destabilize the currency union. The Eurozone countries therefore need to agree on which type of convergence is most important to them and the best way to achieve it. In what areas should they  converge? What differences could or should remain? And what policy instruments are required to achieve this? read more...



Snap election in the UK: From "Hard" to "Hostile"?

The forthcoming general election in the United Kingdom will to a large extent centre on what sort of exit from the European Union the country might be able to achieve. How could an enhanced mandate for Prime Minister Theresa May affect the negotiations of Brexit? read more...


Europa Briefing

Low interest rates: Is the ECB’s policy correct?

Since 2013, inflation in the euro area has been too low. In order to revive the economy and bring inflation back to target, the European Central Bank has implemented a low interest-rate policy which includes a bond-buying programme known as Quantitative easing or QE. The ECB’s measures, including historically ultra-low rates, also bear risks. For example, some observers fear the formation of a bubble in real estate and stock markets or complain about one-sided capital gains for wealthy households. read more...



President Trump Goes to Europe: Two (Theoretically) Easy and a Tough Question on EU Integration, Trade and the Euro

All eyes will be on Donald Trump when he attends the international summits of NATO and the G7 at the end of May. On his first trip to Europe he is also set to meet the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker. Policymakers in Brussels and across European capitals will therefore listen very carefully to what the new U.S. president has to say about his commitment to European integration, transatlantic trade relations and the strength of the euro. A comment by Katharina Gnath. read more...


New Policy Brief

Seizing the Moment for Euro Area Reform

The election of Emmanuel Macron as French President gave renewed hope to proponents of the European integration project after the blow of Brexit. There is now a momentum that Berlin and Paris could agree on the view that the euro is incomplete and cannot last without major reforms. We set out proposals for a staged but lasting and workable reform. read more...



An electoral win, yes – but triumph will have to wait

A general sense of relief, mixed with skepticism, following Emmanuel Macron's victory at the presidential polls: The French electoral campaign has revealed a deep political divide that the president-elect must now bridge if he is to lead the way forward for France and Europe. Our Europe expert Joachim Fritz-Vannahme examines what priorities Macron must set. read more...


Flashlight Europe

Poland and the EU

May 1, 2017 marks 13 years since Poland and other central European states joined the European Union. What has become of the hopes and aspirations in recent years? read more...



Easing the burden on asylum systems requires disentangling flight and migration flows

While war or persecution are driving some to flee, others leave their homes because they cannot find work, feed their families or because they wish to secure a better life. A growing number of people from Africa and Asia have left for Europe, and the numbers of those migrating within the European continent are also growing. But it is often difficult to distinguish refugees from labor migrants. This places a heavy burden on asylum procedures and the system as a whole. What can we do to ease the burdens of a strained system? read more...



France before the election: Where is the country headed?

Who will take up residence in the Élysée Palace? The French are choosing their next president in a two-step process, with a first-round election on April 23 and a runoff on May 7. The results of the vote in one of Europe's most populous and economically important nations will send a signal to the entire continent. We take a look at the country's economic and social situation and its global ties. read more...



French Elections: Economic Stagnation, Political Revolution?

The rise of Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron in the run-up to the French presidential elections reflects a wider dissatisfaction with the country's political system. Is France on the verge of a political breakthrough that will replace the old Conservative-Socialist divide by one between nationalists and internationalists? read more...



Brexit/Trump: Wake-up Calls for a More Active EU?

On March 29 British Prime Minister Theresa May officially announces the United Kingdom's exit from the EU - nine months after a majority of the UK voted for "Brexit". How should the EU conduct its negotiations? Do Brexit and the new U.S. president signify the end of international cooperation as we know it? Statements by our Chairman and CEO Aart De Geus. read more...



60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome: What now for the EU?

On March 25 Europe will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the "Treaties of Rome". The agreement is a cornerstone for the European Union as we know it today. On this occasion we have asked experts from the six founding countries to give their view on the EU, its biggest challenges and accomplishments. read more...



Fact Check: The Netherlands goes to the polls

Parliamentary elections are being held in the Netherlands on March 15. The right-wing populist PVV party has repeatedly succeeded in infusing the campaign with anti-Islamic sentiment and prospects of the Netherlands leaving the EU, also known as "Nexit." But what about the facts? How is Germany's neighbor doing in terms of its economy, social situation and global ties? read more...


eupinions trends

Who does support Geert Wilders?

After the electoral upsets in the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States, all eyes are set on the European election season that will unfold this year. Next stop is The Hague, where the performance of the right-wing populist Geert Wilders is raising eyebrows and the anatomy of his electorate is raising questions. read more...



Dutch Elections: More than Populism's Next Test

Contrary to predictions about a populist victory in the upcoming parliamentary election in the Netherlands, the Dutch may, in fact, be a bellwether inspiring citizens in Europe to engage again in serious national debates on core issues of fundamental politics. read more...

Munich Security Conference 2017


Urgent need to tackle root causes for flight and migration

Why are more and more people from Africa, Asia and Southeastern Europe leaving their native countries? And what can we do to fight the root causes of flight and migration? In this context we launched a new publication and debated with EU and Middle East experts on 17 February at the Munich Security Conference. read more...



Displacement's vicious circle: combating the causes, offering practical help

They leave their families behind and set forth on what are often life-threatening journeys towards an uncertain future: Why are more and more people from Africa, Asia and Southeastern Europe leaving their native countries? It's an issue we researched together with international experts. The goal was to develop ideas for combating the underlying causes of displacement and assisting people in Europe. read more...


Policy Paper

Brexit and the EU Budget: Threat or Opportunity?

This paper analyses the implications of Brexit for EU’s public finances. The authors draw up four scenarios that outline how the EU could react to the expected budget shortfall after Brexit and highlight the political implications of each scenario. read more...



Trump, Merkel and the Middle East: Cooperation needed

War in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan, the fight against terrorism, social protests and the refugee question: Europe and the USA face multiple challenges in the wider Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), which is arguably the most crisis-ridden in the world. What next with new US-President Trump? read more...

General vue


Benefits and costs of the DCFTA

 What are benefits and costs of the free-trade agreements (DCFTA) between the EU and Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine? And what has to happen so that their potential can be more beneficial? read more...


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What Millennials Think about the Future of the EU and the Euro

What do Europe’s millennials think about the EU and the euro? What do they know about the EU? And what changes would they like to see to the common currency? Anna auf dem Brinke, Katharina Gnath and Philipp Ständer analyse public opinion data for all 28 EU member states and draw lessons for policymakers. read more...



Globalisation fears weigh heavily on European voters

Protest voters and populist politicians are shaking up the long-established political majorities in Europe and the USA. But what prompts voters to back parties who claim that they alone represent the interests of the people and are challenging the so-called establishment? A representative EU opinion poll attempts to uncover the reasons. read more...


Vision Europe Summit

António Guterres: Countries must regulate migration better

The objective of this year's Vision Europe Summit in Lisbon was to find better answers to the refugee crisis for Europe as a whole. The event's keynote speaker, UN Secretary-General-designate António Guterres, called on countries to do their part – and announced his own political initiatives. read more...



Brexit boosts EU survey results

Since 2015, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has been using Europe-wide surveys to gauge the EU's approval ratings. The latest results show that Brexit has succeeded where many EU politicians have failed – improving the Union's popularity. read more...



Refugees in Italy: Europe holds the key

Boats sink, people drown or escape death at the last minute after a dramatic rescue operation. That scenario continues to be a tragic everyday occurrence on Europe's perimeter, or more precisely: on the islands of Lampedusa and Sicily. The refugees who do manage to reach Italy's shores often face an uncertain future. Not only must southern Europeans reform their immigration policies, they also require additional assistance from the EU. read more...



"The future Duma could take a softer direction"

Vladimir Putin's party "United Russia" is set to remain the dominating political force in the Russian parliamentary elections on Sunday. And yet, there could be new critical voices within the future State Duma. This is what the journalist Konstantin Benyumov expects from the election in his country. read more...

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Trilogue Salzburg 2016

Architecture for a new European Neighbourhood Policy

The EU must reassess its relations with neighboring countries. What are needed are more individualized approaches for promoting understanding and cooperation. The relevant actors must also do more to identify major political flashpoints in neighboring countries early on. Those are the key findings from this year's Trilogue Salzburg, organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. read more...

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The State of Affairs in Turkey: Europe Cannot Remain Silent

In the wake of a failed military coup, Turkey is on its way to becoming a presidential dictatorship. Tens of thousands have been arrested, dismissed, suspended or prohibited from leaving the country. Some European governments have expressed clear criticism, but have otherwise remained noticeably reserved in their response. Our Middle East expert Christian Hanelt takes a look behind the scenes.




Turkey and the EU have to expand their trade

EU-Turkey relations are currently burdened. Also the trade relationship between Brussels and Ankara may soon be tested: TTIP and other proposed EU free-trade agreements would be to Turkey's disadvantage as a non-EU member country. read more...



Lebanon: A glimmer of hope?

One person in three in Lebanon is now a refugee. What does that mean for a country that has endured more than a decade of civil war, a country that is partially controlled by Hezbollah and that has come to a standstill both politically and economically? The sixth installment in our series takes a look at what is happening on the ground in this small Mediterranean nation. read more...



The implications of Brexit for the EU

The UK´s decision to leave the EU defines a watershed moment in the history of European integration. For the first time a country will quit his EU membership. How should the EU react? Can the European integration project, as we know it, survive? read more...


Debates on Europe

Young Leaders for Europe 2016

The Brexit referendum, the future of the EU, Europe’s neighbours – 38 participants of this year’s Young Leaders for Europe discussed many issues, and ultimately even under police protection … read more...



Brexit: What happens now? An overview

The Brexit is on its way, now that a majority of British voters have said they want to leave the European Union. We examined the impact Britain's departure will have on the United Kingdom and Europe. Here is an overview. read more...

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A national office for migration and displacement in Morocco

Moroccan refugees and migrants are often viewed unfavorably in Germany following the events that took place in Cologne on New Year's Eve. Their culture seems foreign and their political challenges very different from those faced by European nations. As is in Europe, however, Morocco's government is confronted with pressing issues resulting from integration and migration. read more...



Stress test for German-Russian relations

The majority of Germans (64 %) does not consider Russia under Vladimir Putin an internationally credible partner. Only a minority of 18 % thinks German-Russian relations are good. This is the result of a new survey. read more...

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EU comparison: German labor market prepared for the future

Labor market policy is a challenge for all European governments. The desire for stable and secure jobs and the demand for flexibility are facing each other. Our new study has examined and compared the mobility of the European labor markets. Here Germany seems to be well prepared. read more...



DCFTA more important than Dutch "No"

Ukraine’s crisis management is again challenged after the prime minister’s resignation and the Dutch "no" in the referendum on the EU association agreement. Three questions answered by Ostap Semerak, First Deputy Head  of the Committee on  European Integration in the Verkhovna Rada. read more...


Open Letter

Leaders of European think tanks call for action in the refugee situation

European leaders need to implement common European solutions to the refugee crisis. Only joint solutions can credibly and effectively reduce the growing human suffering and social and political turmoil. Leaders of seven European think tanks and foundations have signed an open letter to European politicians spotlighting five urgent measures for addressing the crisis. read more...

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Five steps to successful integration

The influx of refugees is an omnipresent topic in Germany. Each day brings new challenges – and new reactions. Creativity and expertise are needed if we are to respond effectively to both the large number of newcomers and society's needs in general. The Bertelsmann Stiftung is launching a series of projects and initiatives designed to achieve this goal.  read more...



The EU deal to avoid Brexit: Take it or leave

At the European Council summit of February 18-19 a “New Settlement for the United Kingdom within the European Union" was reached. The agreement marks a watershed in acknowledging that EU integration is not a one-directional process of ‘ever closer Union’. Different paths of integration are now open to member states that do not compel them towards a common destination. read more...


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...



British and German companies regard Brexit as a threat

For months Euro-skeptics in the UK have been drumming up support for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, selling the so-called Brexit as the road to prosperity. But as our survey shows, most German and British business leaders believe Britain would be better off remaining in the EU. read more...



War in Ukraine: Will the country's young people stay or go?

Plagued by armed conflict and economic crisis, Ukraine has somewhat faded from public view in light of the refugee situation and the terror being perpetrated by the Islamic State. What is currently happening in Ukraine? How has it been affected by the emigration of many of its citizens? And what are the possibilities for managing the migrant outflows? read more...


Policy Brief

Germany and the euro’s stability

To what extent has German EU policy contributed to stabilizing the euro? The policy paper traces how the German concept of a "stability community" has shaped the common currency. read more...



Refugee Situation: EU must speak to Ankara using one voice

Whether the issue is the refugee situation, the fight against ISIS or peace efforts in the Middle East, Turkey has a crucial role to play. How is the country dealing with the increase in refugees? Which policies is Ankara pursuing in the region? And what approach should the EU take in future negotiations with Turkey? read more...


Project Description

Facing Europe’s socioeconomic challenges together

The Bertelsmann Stiftung and seven of Europe’s leading think tanks and foundations have initiated Vision Europe to enhance their cooperation. Vision Europe aims at fostering European integration and at promoting innovative solutions to Europe’s most pressing public policy challenges. Through research, publications and an annual summit, Vision Europe is a forum for debates and new ideas at both national and EU levels. read more...

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Why the euro area needs new convergence goals

After economic performance in euro member states initially converged, the trend reversed with the introduction of the euro in 1999. Yet for the euro area to survive, it needs to reduce imbalances across member states. This is the result of a new study by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin. read more...

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Asia Briefing

„Modi’s Reform Agenda: A Toothless Tiger? “

A panel discussion on Modi's economic reforms was organised on the 30th November 2015 in cooperation with the journal Internationale Politik in Berlin. The panel of well-known experts from academia, politics and media included Dr Sandra Destradi (senior fellow, German Institute of Global and Area Studies), Mr Michael Steiner (former German ambassador to India) and Mr Raghavan Srinivasan (senior associate editor of The Hindu Businessline). read more...

Deutsch-Spanisches Forum


2015 German-Spanish Forum focuses on dual education system

Many young people in Spain are currently unemployed. The vocational education system successfully used in Germany, which offers both classroom instruction and on-the-job training, could help remedy that situation over the medium term. The twin-track system is just one of the topics being discussed on November 17 and 18 at the German-Spanish Forum in Berlin. Patrons for the event are King Felipe VI of Spain and German President Joachim Gauck. read more...



Vision Europe Summit 2015: New Ideas for a Social Europe

Islamist terror, the Euro crisis and the migrant question pose a variety of challenges to Europe. Ensuring peace and stability within Europe will depend on how well social and welfare systems in Europe are maintained and fostered. How to go about this was the topic of the first Vision Europe Summit held in Berlin in November 2015. read more...

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Europe's citizens see EU as guarantor of the welfare state

From Lisbon to Helsinki, people are both hopeful and fearful when it comes to the future of the welfare state. Above all, they are worried about pensions and elder care. A majority is counting on the EU to preserve social welfare standards and would even like Brussels to take a more active role. read more...

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EU citizens still trust in the European Union and the Euro

A threatening Brexit, the Greek crisis and the question of refugees: The European Union still faces turbulent times. But a majority of the EU citizens backs the EU and the Euro and even wants a stronger political and economic integration. At the same time, it has a critical view of the current EU policymaking. read more...



Most Ukrainians still say 'yes' to Europe

The majority of Ukrainians continue to be pro-European and say their country should join the EU and NATO. At the same time, skepticism towards Russia is growing and most Ukrainians do not support a deepening of relations with Moscow. Those are just some of the findings from a recent Bertelsmann Stiftung survey. read more...



The services sector as a growth engine for Europe

How can we further promote the economic integration of the single market? What potential for growth and jobs does the services sector offer? These are the key questions that experts discussed during a conference that was jointly organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the European Commission in Brussels. read more...

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Strategy Paper

Tunisia needs a security package

The assassination of tourists in Sousse is a call: Tunisia needs European help in implementing democracy and market economy as well as speedy and robust support in building up its security sector.  read more...


Podium discussion

Ukraine must do its homework

The Ukrainian-Russian conflict creates big challenges for the EU. How do EU citizens assess their government policies? How can the EU support Ukraine in stabilising ist economy? And what must the country itself do? read more...

Rise of Asia

Asia Briefing

How Asia’s rise is changing the West and what it means for Germany

The rise of Asia and the ideas that lie behind it are shaping the 21st century. The hegemony of the West seems to be collapsing and with it Western norms and political ideals that many had taken for granted. These developments pose grave challenges, but they also offer opportunities to develop a new and more inclusive vantage point to look at world affairs, as the renowned author Pankaj Mishra pointed out in a public lecture organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung on 20 May 2015 in Berlin. read more...


Policy Brief

EU and Russia in context of neighbourhood policy

Both the EU and Russia's ambitions for the eastern region have evolved into two competing region-building projects underpinned by differing strategies, norms, instruments, and actors. The EU must make an effort to acknowledge and engage with the different actors, in order to develop cooperative strategies. read more...



Russian support for Eastern Ukraine?

In February 2014, the Levada Institute, commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Warsaw Institute of Public Affairs (ISP), did an opinion poll among Russians on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and EU sanctions. read more...

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Growth stimuli for the Ukrainian economy

Following the military conflict in the east of the country, the economy of Ukraine is in a desperate situation. How can it be reformed and steered back onto its growth path? This was the central question at an event that took place in Brussels on 15 April 2015. read more...



Germans and Poles: 'Stay the course with Russia'

People in Germany and Poland want the governments of both countries to maintain the course when it comes to dealing with Russia. That is one of the key findings from a survey carried out by TNS Emnid and TNS Polska on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. read more...


Social Justice

Greece: how to prevent a permanent social divide?

The debt crisis in Greece has escalated dramatically. German-Greek relations have reached rock bottom.  It was before this political backdrop that the Bertelsmann Stiftung presented their project “Social Inclusion Monitor Europe” for the first time, in the Greek capital. read more...


Policy Brief

The Euro - more than just a currency

Since the beginning of the Euro crisis in 2010, the EU's Economic and Monetary Union has found itself in turbulent waters. To maintain course, the EU's fiscal policy must be realigned. After all, the Euro's fate will also determine whether Europe continues to have a Single Market. read more...


Discussion Round

There is only one truth

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the situation in Russia are viewed very differently in different European countries. Why? That question international media representatives discussed on Monday in Berlin at an event organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation.  read more...



A new departure for the European Union

Is the new-look EU capable of making a fresh start? What are the political challenges for 2015? How can the EU stabilize relations with its neighbors? These issues were the focus of this year’s “Brussels Think Tank Dialogue”. read more...



"Ring of Friends – Ring of Fire?"

Experts from politics, administration, and civil society discuss the challenges and future direction of the European neighbourhood policy at a conference organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. The EU shall act more assertive in its neighbourhood and consistently support positive developments. read more...



A new pact for Europe!

What are the challenges that the European Union is currently facing? How can the European integration project gain more acceptance among citizens? A European network of foundations has mooted possible answers in a new report. read more...

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Crisis in Ukraine

"Incredible aggression on the part of Russia"

Ukrainian presidential candidate Vitali Klitschko condemned the events unfolding on the Crimean peninsula as "an incredible act of aggression on the part of Russia." It's a case of "breaking and entering," he said, speaking during the Europe Forum, a conference organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. read more...

European elections

The extremists‘ hour. Europe has voted

„Spitzenkandidaten“ for the position of Commission President, Euroskeptics and Anti-Europeans. These European elections were different than all the others held since 1979, when representatives to the European Parliament were chosen directly by Europe's citizens for the first time. A commentary by Joachim Fritz-Vannahme on the outcome. read more...


Flashlight Europe

New Social Affairs Commissioner faces major challenge

Things won't be easy for European Social Affairs Commissioner Thyssen. The financial and economic crises of past years have left their mark on many EU member states. Using the latest data on social justice in the EU, the current issue of "flashlight europe" examines the coming tasks and challenges. read more...


Free trade agreement

Experts call for transparency in TTIP negotiations

The negotiations on the transatlantic free trade agreement TTIP need to be transparent and include stakeholders. This was confirmed by the participants of a panel debate that was organised by Bertelsmann Stiftung's Brussels office. read more...


Economic crisis

New paths to the stabilization of the Eurozone

On 11 October 2013, the Brussels Office of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, in collaboration with the European Commission, held an international expert conference on the subject of "Automatic stabilizers for the Eurozone: pros and cons of a European Unemployment Benefit Scheme." read more...



Parliamentary elections in Ukraine and Tunisia

A few days ago, 35 million Ukrainians and 6 million Tunisians had the opportunity to elect representatives to their national parliaments. Ukraine is one of the EU's most important eastern neighbors. Tunisia is making its way toward democracy. That's why Europe has invested quite a bit in both countries. read more...



Eurozone crisis: Schäuble demands reform, not spending

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has vigorously defended the need for structural reform and the avoidance of further spending and deficits to spur European economic growth. In a discussion hosted by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the minister also tamped down concerns about German economic health. read more...



Joint EU defense could save billions

In light of its outdated equipment, Germany's military is struggling to shoulder its increasing responsibilities around the world. Budget gaps are preventing it from taking on the role it should. The problem could be solved. Europe needs a truly integrated Military. read more...


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. read more...

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Internal market and euro

Achieving economic union

Prosperity and growth in Europe depend on a functioning single market and a stable monetary union. Both need to be deepened. What does economic sense and what is politically feasible, this project investigated. read more...


Social Europe

Safeguarding social inclusion in the EU

SIM Europe is a social policy monitoring instrument for the EU 28. How can social imbalances in the member states be identified and redressed? How is it possible to demonstrate – including quantitatively – where national influence is dwindling and a need to legislate at the EU level is emerging? read more...


Efficient and responsive to citizens

Can European policy be efficient and relevant to EU citizens?

The financial and economic crisis has laid bare serious structural flaws in the European Union. To address these, Europeans need to answer some fundamental questions. Do we need more Europe or less? And on what terms? In which policy areas? Opinions abound, but we are after the facts. 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. The debate in Brussels informs our work and at the same time, we bring our own ideas to the table. read more...


Flashlight Europe

Aiming for Independence

Scotland might soon be independent. On September 18 the country will vote on whether or not it will remain in the United Kingdom. The pro-independence faction has been gaining supporters at a rapid pace. What will happen if the country actually decides to leave? The Flashlight Europe provides an analysis. read more...


EU labor mobility

Completing the common European labor market

Despite the free movement of workers within the EU, labor migration flows in the Union remain modest. Nonetheless, greater mobility gives rise to considerable opportunities. How can we make better use of the available opportunities in the European labor market? read more...

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Economic Dynamics and Employment

A dynamic labor market and high levels of employment are prerequisites for widespread social inclusion and sustainable growth. We are therefore addressing the challenges faced by the German and European labor markets, showing ways in which labor-market participation opportunities can be improved. read more...



Why Socially Divided Voter Turnout Hurts the EU

For the 2014 European Parliament elections, the top half of society also had a much greater influence than the bottom half on the election results. Something similar had already happened with the 2013 elections for Germany's federal parliament, the Bundestag. The current issue of EINWURF analyzes the voter turnout. read more...


Young Leaders for Europe

"A Wall through the Mediterranean Sea?"

 "If the EU stops its engagement in its southern neighbourhood, we will have to build a new Berlin wall through the Mediterranean," Alar Olljum, representative of the European External Action Service, provocatively stated in front of 32 young leaders. read more...


Economic crisis

A European Unemployment Benefit Scheme?

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'? Experts discussed these questions on 20 June 2014 in Brussels. read more...



The Mark of Democracy – A Fact Check for Tunisia

While Libya's and Egypt's fledgling democracies are already under threat, Tunisia continues to make considerable progress. In conjunction with a conference on June 19 that will bring the German Foreign Minister and the Tunisian Prime Minister together in Berlin, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is examining the political situation in the country. read more...

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Europe Goes to the Polls

2014 European elections: Why voting is important

Even if researchers refer to them as an event of the "second order," there are good reasons for participating in this year's European elections. Andrej Stuchlik, project manager in the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Brussels office, explains why going to the polls is a good idea. read more...



No network among Europe’s populist parties

In contrast to pro-Europeans, there is no pan-European network linking euroskeptic populist parties. This is the main finding of a study that examined the links between 998 anti-European websites in six countries. And not only are the anti-Europeans isolated on the European level, they also stand alone at home as well. read more...


Europe Goes to the Polls

And never the twain shall meet?

The Ukraine crisis is causing many to ask if the EU's Neighbourhood Policy has been addressing the right issues in the east. In this commentary, Gabriele Schöler and Stefani Weiss, senior project managers at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, argue that the EU should revisit how it approaches its eastern neighbors. read more...


Europe Goes to the Polls

The united citizens of Europe

From Thursday to Sunday, Europeans will be going to the polls. Will they be choosing between more or less Europe, between a European federal body or a confederation of nations? Henning vom Stein, senior project manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, looks at what the outcome might be. read more...


Europe Goes to the Polls

The EU's struggle to become a foreign-policy player

Can you point out the woman in the photograph who is responsible for the EU's foreign policy? No? You're not alone. You are one of the many people who are unable to keep track of the numerous individuals and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the EU's efforts to assert its interests abroad. read more...

Europe Goes to the Polls

The Monetary Union is dead, long live the Monetary Union

In preparation for the European elections, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is publishing a series of analyses, commentaries and background articles. In the first part, Andrej Stuchlik, project manager in the foundation's Brussels office, discusses what has to be done to protect the euro from future crises after the elections. read more...



Europe needs to adopt Tunisia

This year, Tunisians will be electing a new president and parliament, as well as regional and local representatives. Will the country's political parties succeed in campaigning fairly and in forming an effective government? A commentary by Christian-Peter Hanelt. read more...



Is Ukraine as divided as most people think?

Does Ukraine's eastern region, the site of recent clashes, automatically favor Russia, since most people there speak Russian? A study carried out on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung by the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw dispels the myth of a divided Ukraine. read more...


Policy Brief

The EU should engage more with the Ukrainian public

Many Ukrainians are in open revolt against the country's government – even participating in bloody clashes with the police in recent days. The EU must now do more to approach the Ukrainian public directly, actively involving it in reform processes. read more...


Secrets of Transformation

Bolivia's economy is booming – while poverty increases in Pakistan

Better incomes for the poor in Bolivia and hard times in Pakistan. Those are two contrasting examples of the economic changes taking place around the globe, as detailed in Part 3 of Deutsche Welle's "Secrets of Transformation" series, based on the latest data from the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index (BTI). read more...

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Brussels Think Tank Dialogue

Challenges facing the new EU leadership after the European elections

The EU needs new leadership with vision. This is the conclusion of the participants of the 5th Brussels Think Tank Dialogue. The event was organised by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and nine other leading think tanks. More than 400 participants from across Europe discussed the challenges facing the new leaders of the EU after the European elections. read more...



Judicial conflict or normal procedure?

On Friday the German Federal Constitutional Court announced that for the first time in its history it was submitting several questions to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and requesting a preliminary ruling. Franz C. Mayer, who is Professor of European Law at the University of Bielefeld, explains the court's decision and provides an assessment of the possible consequences. read more...

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EU labour mobility

Harnessing European Labour Mobility

The study “Harnessing European labour mobility” makes policy recommendations to foster cross-border labour mobility based on a scenario analysis for labour mobility in 2025. read more...