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Literature Review - May 2021: Cold War 2.0? Essential Readings on the New Systemic Conflict

Welcome to the May issue of our literature review on the systemic conflict with China. The EU is developing a new Indo-Pacific strategy and taking a tougher stance on China. The European Commission recently warned of China's "authoritarian shift" and "fundamental divergences" between the EU and China in the areas of business, human rights and global governance. The G7 foreign ministers agreed on a common stance toward an increasingly assertive China. Yet Berlin and Paris continue to give Washington the cold shoulder when it comes to the U.S. administration's efforts to build a unified front against China. This passivity has major implications for transatlantic cooperation not only on China, but also on other issues.While some of its most important allies still hesitate, Washington continues to implement its strategy of "extreme competition" with China. In his first joint address to Congress on April 28, U.S. President Biden spoke out against the forces that threaten democratic values and casted U.S.-China relations as a battle between democracy and autocracy. China, for its part, continues to adhere to its ambitions to reshape the international order according to its own ideas but is experiencing that its "soft power" is being perceived with increasing skepticism, especially in Europe. In addition, China had to learn that it cannot count on automatically converting its growing economic clout into a new geopolitical reality. Notwithstanding this, economic and technological competition continues to accelerate.In its 14th Five-Year Plan, Beijing has mapped out an economic strategy signaling greater protectionism to products not made in China. For its part, the European Commission released new policy proposals addressing economic and strategic challenges posed by China.As usual, I have tried to map the ongoing debate and point out contributions I consider essential readings. Please feel invited to comment on my selection. I look forward to your feedback. Wishing you an interesting read.

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Neu!: 100 Engagierte Städte in Deutschland

Im Mai 2021 werden weitere 29 Städte in das Netzwerkprogramm „Engagierte Stadt“ aufgenommen. Damit gibt es nun 100 Engagierte Städte in Deutschland.

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Analysen und Konzepte: SDGs und kommunaler Produkthaushalt

Mehr und mehr Städte, Kreise und Gemeinden entwickeln Gesamtstrategien für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung. Häufig orientieren sich die Kommunen dabei an den 17 Nachhaltigkeitszielen (Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) der Vereinten Nationen. Um die Wirksamkeit SDG-orientierter Strategien zu verbessern, sollten die Nachhaltigkeitsziele auch bei der kommunalen Haushaltsplanung berücksichtigt werden.

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Literature Review - April 2021: Cold War 2.0? Essential Readings on the New Systemic Conflict

Welcome to the April issue of our literature review on the systemic conflict with China. EU-China relations have deteriorated dramatically in recent weeks. After the EU imposed sanctions against four Chinese individuals and one entity involved in human rights abuses against the Muslim minorityin Xinjiang on March 22, Beijing responded with retaliatory sanctions targeting ten EU individuals and their family members as well as four entities, including the European Council's Political and Security Committee, the subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament and the think tank MERICS.China's unprecedentedly harsh response has further fueled the debate over how to deal with the People's Republic. Beijing’s retaliatory sanctions have made it unmistakably clear that it is a systemic rival to democracies around the world that will subject liberal values to their greatest test since the early days of the Cold War. Europe must position itself vis-à-vis this strategic rivalry but finds itself lacking a consistent policy. In contrast, the U.S. is in the process of implementing its strategy toward China. Against this backdrop, transatlantic cooperation on China is more important than ever. Early indications are that this collaboration is finally picking up steam. Meanwhile economic and technological competition continues to accelerate. As usual, I have tried to map the ongoing debate and point out contributions I consider essential readings. Please feel invited to comment on my selection. I look forward to your feedback. Wishing you an interesting read.

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14./15. Juni 2021: Sommerakademie "jungbewegt"

Die digitale Sommerakademie „jungbewegt“ 2021 wird am 14. und 15. Juni 2021, jeweils ab 13:30 Uhr, via Zoom stattfinden.

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Studie: Zusammenhalt in Zeiten von Corona: Die stabile Basis droht zu bröckeln

Der gesellschaftliche Zusammenhalt hat sich im Pandemiejahr 2020 als weitgehend robust erwiesen. Aber die Zeichen für eine Gefährdung nehmen zu. Insbesondere jüngere Menschen und Personen in prekären Lebenslagen machen sich Sorgen und erleben weniger Mitmenschlichkeit. Hier gilt es gegenzusteuern.

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Studie: Jugendliche fühlen sich durch Corona stark belastet und zu wenig gehört

Junge Menschen klagen in der Corona-Zeit über psychische Probleme, Vereinsamung und Zukunftsängste. Das gilt besonders für diejenigen mit finanziellen Sorgen. Von der Politik fühlen sie sich im Stich gelassen. Dabei sind sowohl materielle Unterstützung als auch eine stärkere Beteiligung von Jugendlichen gerade jetzt vonnöten.

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The New New Fellowship: Digitale Zukunft für alle: "The New New" fördert zwölf Projekte aus neun europäischen Ländern

Die Fellows des neuen europaweiten Stipendiums für mehr Inklusion und Vielfalt in der digitalen Gesellschaft stehen fest. Die Projekte erhalten für sechs Monate Beratung und finanzielle Förderung, um ihre Ideen weiterzuentwickeln und zivilgesellschaftliche Perspektiven in der Digitalisierung zu stärken. An der Initiative unserer Stiftung und Superrr Lab beteiligen sich als Kooperationspartner auch die Allianz Kulturstiftung sowie das Goethe-Institut.

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Salzburger Trilog 2021: United in a Fragile World – Defining the Fineline between Progress and Improvement

Wie kann Fortschritt vor dem Hintergrund bestehender Herausforderungen in einer komplexen Welt gestaltet werden? Diese Frage bildet den Fokus des Salzburger Trilogs 2021 unter dem Titel "United in a Fragile World - Defining the Fineline between Progress and Improvement".

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Neue Modellkommunen: Neu am Start im Modellprojekt Weltoffene Kommune