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Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

The MFF proposal: What’s new, what’s old, what’s next?

On 2 May 2018, the European Commission released its proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), covering the years 2021-27. In its own words, the Commission tabled ‘a new, modern long-term budget, tightly geared to the political priorities of the Union at 27’. This article analyses how much change and how much continuity the current proposal truly contains and discusses the next steps and possible negotiation dynamics. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

Learning from the World

What can Germany learn from the world in dealing with cultural diversity? The study documents the results of an international search for good practices conducted for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018. It shows how diversity can be successfully shaped in everyday life on the local level. read more

Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

Takes two to tax. On fair taxation of the digital economy

The ongoing digital transformation poses enormous challenges to current tax law. This is, because value creation through intangibles raises problems to two core paradigms of international tax rules: where to tax and what to tax. In order to solve these problems, the European Commission published two proposals, a so-called interim tax and a comprehensive solution. In this blogpost, Pola Schneemelcher assesses the proposals and makes the case that they do not sufficiently address the crucial question of how to value data. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

The Diversity Factor

Cultural diversity offers valuable opportunities – such as helping companies increase their innovative power. The executive summary of our recent study details its key findings on the positive impact cultural diversity can have on innovation and gives recommendations as how to use its potential. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

A Safety Net to Foster Support for Trade and Globalisation

Since Donald Trump became US President, the commitment to free trade is no longer self-evident. In many countries it made way for a protectionist reflex, not only in the US. But are the citizens buying this new narrative? Our international survey analyses what people actually think about globalisation, trade and protectionism. read more

Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin; Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

Should Bulgaria join the euro now? Why being a Maastricht model student isn't enough

The answer is: no – not yet. While the Bulgarian case for joining the euro seems compelling on first sight, neither Sofia nor Brussels should jump the gun now. Not only does Bulgaria still lack the institutional capacity to be a reliable member of the club; it would also loose important degrees of freedom to foster growth and deal with crises at home. This Blog Post argues that the Maastricht criteria may be a necessary, but by no means a sufficient condition for stable euro membership. Bulgaria’s accession should be based on prudence, rather than precipitation. read more

News Skills at Work J.P.Morgan, Education Policy Institute, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

Apprenticeship training in England - a cost-effective model for firms?

In England, the topic of apprenticeships is a major issue in education policy. To address the challenges around apprenticeships and ensure that policymaking is evidence-based, the global apprenticeship expert Prof. Dr. Stefan C. Wolter explores alternative delivery models for apprenticeships in England. The report Apprenticeship training in England – A cost-effective model for firms? analyses what the benefit would be if a Swiss-style apprenticeship model were to be adopted by companies in England. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

EINWURF 2 / 2018

The European citizens’ initiative is being reformed – and that’s a good thing. To date, the media have hardly reported on this young participation instrument. But if the citizens’ initiative is to have any impact in Brussels, it needs more public awareness. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

SPOTLIGHT Healthcare: Hospital Quality from the Patient Perspective

Most patients in hospitals have only one wish – to enjoy good health care. Germany’s federal states oversee hospital planning in order to ensure patients receive good care. But how satisfied are patients across different states with the quality of their local hospital care? read more

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