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Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Policy Performance and Governance Capacities in the OECD and EU (2017)

Social inequality, climate change, global migration, international terrorism, and the consequences of the worldwide economic and financial crisis remain major political projects on all governments' agendas. At the same time, however, opportunities to engage in long-term-oriented policy are compromised in many countries due to the advances being made by nationalist populism. In this regard, the fact that the international community is drifting apart on issues of democracy quality and the rule of law is alarming. These are the summary findings of this year's edition of the Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI), which assesses governance and reforms in all EU and OECD states on the basis of 136 indicators. read more


Indian Investments in Germany

Many previous Indian investments in Germany were driven by a focus on low costs. Today, however, most Indian investors have gained experience with expansion abroad, and are increasingly looking for strategical investment targets in Germany's high-tech sectors . This is the result of a new study of the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the consulting firm Ernst & Young. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Trump & Brexit

The rising protectionism worldwide and, more specifically, the political antics of the incumbent U.S. President, Donald Trump, have given strong momentum to what some observers have already called “Europe’s Asia Pivot”. Furthermore, Brexit means that the European Union is facing an at least partial economic disintegration. Against this backdrop it is all the more important to find new partners and to strengthen or reorient relations with old partners, Asia being one of them. The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) with currently 53 members already gives European-Asian relations an institution that would lend itself to this purpose, since the promotion of economic cooperation is an important pillar in the ASEM process. This Focus Paper argues that in the future, Asia and Europe could make greater use of this platform in order to further expand the framework conditions for European-Asian trade and investment relations. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

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 President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, is giving us her opinion on what the EU can and must do to reinforce the respect for the rule of law which forms the very foundation of the EU. read more

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

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. 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

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Global Impact of a Protectionist U.S. Trade Policy

Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, the risk is growing that the US trade policy will count increasingly on protectionist measures. The aim of this isolationist policy is to secure jobs and maintain incomes in the US. But actually, higher import tariffs and other import barriers lead to worldwide income losses – including in the USA. Such is the main conclusion of new simulations – calculated by the ifo Institute on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung – on the worldwide impacts of a protectionist US trade policy (only available in German, title of the study “Konsequenzen einer protektionistischen Handelspolitik der USA”), of which this GED Focus Paper summarizes the main results. read more


Germany needs an immigration law

Despite record immigration, relatively few skilled workers come to Germany from beyond Europe. Demographic changes mean that Germany needs skilled workers, and an immigration law would enable the country to attract them from throughout the world. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

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 issues. For an up-to-date analysis see our Policy Brief. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

A Source of Stability

2017 will most likely become a year of important political vintage in Europe. While it already featured elections in the Netherlands, Great Britain and France, all eyes are now on the outcome of the German elections. While many political systems in Europe are under assault of populist challengers, German politics seemingly has been a source of stability. This "eupinions" report takes a closer look at the contours of German public opinion. read more


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