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Focus Paper: Electing the Future

When the French head to the polls to elect their new president on April 23rd and May 7th, questions of economic and social policy will be at the centre of many people’s concerns. And indeed, the socio-economic challenges the country is facing are manifold, at the core of many political debates and hence dominant issues of the candidates’ campaigns. Our newest GED Focus Paper provides an overview of France’s overall socio-economic situation and of the policy solutions the five top candidates propose. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Supportive but wary

How do Europeans feel about the EU 60 years after the Treaty of Rome? Are they more distant and critical than ever, as it is often suggested in the public debate? The latest eupinions report paints a different picture. “Our report shows that people are somewhat conflicted when it comes to the EU.” write Catherine de Vries and Isabell Hoffmann. “They do support European integration but are increasingly wary about its current situation.” read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017


Low and socially divided turnout harms Germany´s Democracy. To vote by mail - the only flexible way to cast one´s Ballot - citizens still have to apply before each election. If this hurdle were removed, voter turnout could go back up. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Policy Brief #2017/01: EU-Japan: Free trade agreement a sign of commitment to economic cooperation

The EU and Japan are important economic partners. They have been negotiating a bilateral free trade agreement since 2013. Both sides could benefit from this. More important than the potential GDP increase, however, would be the strategic value of such an agreement. In this era of Brexit and Trump, it would signal a clear commitment to economic cooperation and free trade. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

On the Economics of an EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement

Electromobility, robots, computers – in many areas Japan is regarded as one of the most innovative countries in the world. At the same time its economy is facing significant challenges: an aging society, high government debt and stagnating growth. The Japanese government's reform program (known as "Abenomics") wants to inject new impetus into the economy by negotiating free trade agreements, among other things. The EU and Japan, two of the world’s leading trade powers, are negotiating such a free trade agreement at the moment. The negotiations may even be concluded before the end of 2017. Japan is the EU's sixth-largest trade partner in the world. For Japan, the EU occupies third place. The volume of trade between the two countries amounted to around EUR 125 billion in 2016. However, the full potential is yet to be realized, given that trade barriers continue to exist on both sides. A free trade agreement could lower duties and non-tariff barriers. Against this background, our study analyzes the effects that a free trade agreement between the EU and Japan could have on economic welfare, trade and selected sectors of the economies involved. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

eupinions trends: Who does support Geert Wilders?

After the electoral upsets in the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States, all eyes are set on the European election season that will unfold this year. Next stop is The Hague, where the performance of the right-wing populist Geert Wilders is raising eyebrows and the anatomy of his electorate is raising questions. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung, European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research Vienna, Economic Policy Center (WPZ) at the University of St. Gallen (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Social Policy in the EU – Reform Barometer 2016

What do European governments do to remove social inequities? What reforms are promising? The reform barometer gives answers. read more


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