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Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

Globalization and the EU: Threat or opportunity?

Last year we published the report "Fears Not Values: Public opinion and the populist vote in Europe" in which we presented survey evidence suggesting that supporters of populist parties differ from supporters of mainstream parties in one important respect: they fear globalization. Here we follow up on these findings and explore in depth people’s knowledge and feelings about globalization and how these are linked to their views about the future of the European project. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

The Digital Public

Algorithmic decision-making (ADM) processes are influencing many people's ability to participate in the public discourse. Software, for example, personalizes online search results and the news stream in social networks. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

SommerAkademie Europa and Young Leaders for Europe

Russia and Turkey constantly accompanied the Young Leaders for Europe seminars. Former participants of the YLE programme developed scenarios for both countries’ development into the year 2030 at an alumni meeting. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung; Institute of Public Affairs (Publisher) (PDF)2017

The thin line between leadership and mediocrity

After more than three years of debunking Kremlin “fake news”, Ukraine does not have a perfect track record in countering manipulation. Yet, the country has made enough progress to be treated by other Eastern Partnership countries as a possible example on how to approach the issue of fighting disinformation and developing strategic communication. Non-governmental actors in Ukraine have achieved a level of experience and excellency that would be interesting for any organization dealing with Kremlin propaganda, fact-checking or media literacy. However, these organizations would need more international publicity to raise their visibility. Our author Łukasz Wenerski from the Warsaw-based Institute of Public Affairs argues to what extent other Eastern Partnership countries, if they intend to develop their own concept of strategic communication, might do well to consult their Ukrainian partner, taking still existing flaws in Ukrainian policy into account. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

The EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) – Responding to the Crisis of the Liberal World Order

The EU and Japan are about to adopt two (potentially) ground-breaking agreements: an EU-Japan free trade agreement and the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). The SPA, policymakers in both Brussels and Tokyo cheer, will be the ‘big bang’ of bilateral relations upgrading political and security ties from too passive to very active. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Inclusive Growth for Germany 18: Technological Innovation and Inclusive Growth in Germany

Our study “Technological Innovation and Inclusive Growth in Germany” by Wim Naudé (University of Maastricht) and Paula Nagler (University of Rotterdam) sheds light on how technological innovations affect inclusive growth. In the public debate, disruptive innovations through trends like digitization and automatization are often discussed with plenty of scepticism: these trends are often seen as a threat to jobs and thus the well-being of many in the workforce. However, it is quite clear that these trends are not reversible and are already embedded in today’s economy. The results of the study show that technological innovations do not hamper inclusive growth. Quite the opposite: the data show that the stronger technological innovations penetrated the German economy, the stronger the welfare benefits have been. Thus, the results indicate that economic policy aimed at both pure economic performance and battling inequality at the same time should focus on an environment in which technological innovations can thrive. The authors discuss several short-term and long-term levers for economic policy conducive to innovations-driven inclusive growth. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Social Cohesion in Germany 2017

Despite all the dire predictions, Germany continues to exhibit a high level of social cohesion. Even the country’s growing cultural and religious diversity is not at odds with its degree of togetherness. Yet, there are clear indications of potential threats: for example, the generally perceived lack of social justice and the gaping cleavage in togetherness between east and west as well as between structurally weak regions and such that are flourishing. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Interim Report: Bolstering Global Trade Governance

The multilateral trading system – embodied by the WTO – has played a vital role in facilitating global trade and make its benefits available to developed and developing nations alike. But today, the WTO faces many challenges and criticisms. An expert group established by the Bertelsmann Stiftung is working on recommendations how the WTO and its members can respond to these challenges and bolster the functioning of the multilateral trading system. Its main considerations are summarized in this interim report. read more


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