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Indian Investments in Germany

In der Vergangenheit waren indische Firmen hierzulande vor allem als „Schnäppchenjäger“ für Übernahmen in arbeitsintensiven Sektoren bekannt. Mit wachsender internationaler Erfahrung stoßen sie zunehmend strategischer in Hochtechnologiebranchen vor. Das ist das Ergebnis einer neuen Studie der Bertelsmann Stiftung und der Unternehmensberatung 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

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

SPOTLIGHT Healthcare: Nursing staff in hospitals

Germany has recently introduced important regulatory reforms regarding nursing care staff in hospitals. Our current issue of SPOTLIGHT Healthcare highlights recommendations for action and a few pitfalls in ensuring successful implementation. read more


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