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Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

President Moon Jae-in − The Right Choice for South Korea

The success of the newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in will depend on whether he can unite a divided society. He also needs the support of the opposition to implement his ambitious reform agenda. In the current issue of the Asia Policy Brief, Hannes B. Mosler, junior professor at the Institute of Korean Studies and the Graduate School of Asian Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, analyzes the election and the reform agenda of the new president. read more

Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin, Jacques Delors Institut - Paris, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

The Future of the European Budget

In its recent White Paper, the European Commission describes scenarios for the future of European integration and imagines what the EU could look like by 2025. As a contribution to the ongoing debate, this paper outlines what the different scenarios might mean for the EU budget. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Estonia: Analyses from the Bertelsmann Stiftung program Shaping Sustainable Economies

The Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 "Smart Country: Connected. Intelligent. Digital." will go to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former President of Estonia. We award him the prize in honor of his pioneering work on the promotion of digitalization in government, education and public services in Estonia. Our colleagues from the program Shaping Sustainable Economies analyse Estonia focusing on the economy. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

The Common Agricultural Policy and the Next EU Budget, Reflection Paper No. 1

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was set up in a time when (a) the memory about post-war food shortage was fresh, (b) Europe was a large net importer of agricultural products, (c) agricultural production was still highly labour-intensive, (d) food was a major item in a typical consumer basket and (e) significant shares of the work-force received their major income from the agricultural sector. The CAP objectives enshrined in Art. 39 TFEU (see box) clearly reflect this historical situation. When the Treaty of Rome was signed in 1957, it was understand-able that the standard of living of the agricultural workforce was a major issue and that “reasonable prices” for consumers were regarded as a matter of social stability. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

The Common Agricultural Policy and the Next EU Budget, Reflection Paper No. 2

Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) spending primarily takes the form of direct payments to farmers in what is referred to as ‘Pillar I’ of the CAP. In the 2015 budget, direct payments accounted for roughly €40.9 billion, or 71% of total CAP spending (€57.6 billion) and 29% of total European Union (EU) spending (€141.7 billion). Most of the remaining CAP spending (€13.8 billion or 25% of the CAP budget in 2015) falls under ‘Pillar II’ which is used to finance rural development and agri-environmental measures. While some adjustment will take place in the course of the current Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) through 2020, these magnitudes and shares will remain largely unchanged. read more

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