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Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Globalisation and the Welfare State

Globalisation needs to be accompanied by a strong welfare state. A new GED focus paper suggests that the complementarity between openness to trade and a strong welfare state weakened over time. While trade – the key driver of globalisation – improves net welfare, it comes with increased vulnerability to external shocks, decline of certain sectors of the economy, etc. In order to insure against these side-effects, a strong welfare state is needed. However, while globalisation is accelerating, the welfare state stagnates. This is the result of some prima facie evidence presented in the newest GED focus paper. Looking at historical evidence, it shows that the once positive correlation between the welfare state and openness to trade has gradually declined and is presently almost flat. This finding might have some explanatory potential to understand the present dissatisfaction with globalisation. read more

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

flashlight europe 05/2017: Five takeaways from analysing Brexit

Academics from across Europe came together at Dublin City University to debate Brexit. The conference on “The Law & Politics of Brexit” analysed the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. What are the challenges? What took the experts by surprise? And what do we need to look out for in the future? read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Is Right the New Left?

France is the homeland of the political labels left and right. Ever since the French revolution, it is the guiding principle through which political systems around the world are organised. However, with the mobilization of cross-cutting issues like immigration and European integration and the success of populist parties on the left and right of the political spectrum in recent elections across Europe, the utility of the labels themselves have come under attack. The evidence cited to suggest that the labels left or right might no longer be useful relate to the working class roots of supporters of populist right parties or the liberal free market ideals of supporters of the Centre left and Green parties. read more


Indian high-skilled migrants and international students in Germany

Similar to the US and UK, immigration from India plays an important role in Germany. India became the second most important country of origin of international students and the most important country of origin of high-skilled migrants in Germany in 2015. A new study of the Bertelsmann Stiftung conducted by the University of Bielefeld, examines motivations, intentions of stay and development effects of migration from India to Germany for economic and education purposes. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

SPOTLIGHT Healthcare - GKV – a better option

Federal- and state-government subsidy expenditures are already at a high level, and are forecast to increase significantly in the future. For this reason, various alternatives to the current public-employee health-insurance system have long been the subject of sustainable-budget discussions. Now, in a study conducted by the Berlin-based IGES Institut, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has examined the potential financial effects of introducing a health-insurance obligation for civil servants – analogous to that for conventional employees – for the public budget and the finances of the GKV. The key findings are presented in this Spotlight Healthcare report. read more


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


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