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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Survey

Majority of young people in Central and Eastern Europe strongly backs the EU

Financial and economic crisis, threatening "Grexit", refugee question, "Brexit" - and anti-European and nationalistic sounds from different parts of Europe: Actually the EU is the subject of relentless criticism. But a majority of the young people in Central and Eastern Europe backs it and appreciates it as a guarantor for peace. read more

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flashlight europe

A Lawyer’s Perspective on Brexit and a Multi-speed Europe

On 25 March 2017 the European Union celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. With Brexit around the corner and the EU searching for its future strategy, we talk to EU law Professor Federico Fabbrini on the legal challenges ahead. read more

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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

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Survey

Lack of reforms for education and migration in the EU member states

In different areas the EU member states need reforms - especially in the fields of education and migration. That shows our Europe-wide survey under national experts. read more

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Supportive but wary

How do Europeans feel about the EU 60 years after the Treaty of Rome? Are they more distant and critical than ever, as it is often suggested ... read more

Publications

flashlight europe 03/2017: Brexit and a Multi-speed Europe: a Lawyer's Perspective

On 25 March 2017 the European Union celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. With Brexit around the corner and the EU searching ... read more

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flashlight europe 02/2017: Love it, leave it or change it?

Brexit und Nachwehen der Finanzkrise, Flüchtlingskrise und erstarkende Nationalisten setzen der europäischen Einigung hart zu. Und doch gibt ... read more

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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 ... 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