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Vision Europe Dialogue 2019: How could we make Europe a pioneer of the fair data economy?

The Vision Europe Dialogue 2019 took place in Helsinki, Finland on 1 and 2 April 2019 to discuss the theme “Making Europe a pioneer of the fair data economy”.

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Report: How do EU citizens feel about an unemployment re-insurance?

At the invitation of the Future of Europe Programme, researchers from the University of Amsterdam presented a new survey: Citizens are in favour of an EU-wide instrument against unemployment. The Bertelsmann Stiftung had previously calculated the macroeconomic effects of a European reinsurance scheme.

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Conference: Assessing Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Results Since the Euromaidan

Five years ago, at the Euromaidan and several other Maidans across the country, the people of the sovereign state of Ukraine impressively demonstrated their decision in favour of a future of European values, fundamental rights and the rule of law. Fighting corruption has been one of the driving powers of the Revolution of Dignity and, according to opinion polls in the run up to the upcoming election, remains a priority for Ukrainians.

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Publication: How are you doing, Europe? Mapping Social Imbalances in the EU

At the end of May, Europeans will elect a new European Parliament and soon after a new European Commission will begin its five-year mandate. The political changing of the guard in the European Union (EU) takes place after a period in which the European economy recovered from the economic crisis: per capita income has been growing by about two percent annually for the last three years, and growth has recently returned to every EU member state. Unemployment has been falling across the EU in the last year and now stands at an average of 6.7 percent – marking a new all-time low. But are these developments reflected in the daily lives of Europeans? This question seems even more pressing as recently, the economic recovery seems to slow down.

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Flashlight Europe: INSTEX: Gateway to EU strategic autonomy?

Last week, France, Germany and the UK set up a common platform for international transactions with Iran known as INSTEX. After the US introduced new sanctions last November against the country, European banks and companies now fear that Washington will impose penalties if they make payments for commercial transactions with Iranian companies. We talked to Nicolas Véron, senior fellow at Bruegel and at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, about the practical details of the new platform and the outlook for this European initiative.

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Interview with Denis Cenusa: Moldova – Giving in to Oligarchs or Fighting for Values and Democracy?

Denis Cenusa is a political scientist from Moldova. He is affiliated to the independent Moldovan Think-Tank “Expert-Grup” and a weekly contributor to the “Info-Prim” Moldovan News Agency. Currently, he works as a researcher at Justus Liebig University in Giessen.

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Event: "Europe is not a menu for choosing what you like"

In a keynote speech given in Berlin, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte invoked the spirit of European cooperation. He had come to the German capital at our invitation to share his ideas on the future of the European Union.

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Project description: eupinions

Europe is going through a hectic period of challenge and change. Economic and fiscal crises, threats to internal security, tectonic geo-political shifts along with Brexit and the questioning of Western values within the European Union are all exerting pressure on mainstream politics.

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Commentary : Kurdish Referendum Causes Turbulences in the Middle East

New turbulence is gripping the war-torn Middle East. With an overwhelming majority, the Kurds in northern Iraq have voted for state independence. They are also calling for the payment of wages for the nearby victory over the “Islamic State”. The “yes” vote is highly symbolic, but not binding. Now the crucial issue is: in what form will the result play out politically? Nevertheless, Baghdad, Tehran, and Ankara have announced their Opposition.

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Event: Securing a Good Neighbourhood in the South and East

Civil war in Syria, Libya and Eastern Ukraine, major economic and social problems in the North African states: Europe is currently surrounded by crises and conflicts. What can the "European Neighbourhood Policy" do here? We discussed this with a group of experts, including the foreign ministers of Estonia and Malta, in Berlin on 14 July.

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Analysis: Dutch Elections: More than Populism's Next Test

Contrary to predictions about a populist victory in the upcoming parliamentary election in the Netherlands, the Dutch may, in fact, be a bellwether inspiring citizens in Europe to engage again in serious national debates on core issues of fundamental politics.

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Publication: Benefits and Costs of the DCFTA

 What are benefits and costs of the free-trade agreements (DCFTA) between the EU and Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine? And what has to happen so that their potential can be more beneficial?

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Study: Turkey and the EU have to expand their trade

EU-Turkey relations are currently burdened. Also the trade relationship between Brussels and Ankara may soon be tested: TTIP and other proposed EU free-trade agreements would be to Turkey's disadvantage as a non-EU member country.

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Commentary: The Implications of Brexit for the EU

The UK´s decision to leave the EU defines a watershed moment in the history of European integration. For the first time a country will quit his EU membership. How should the EU react? Can the European integration project, as we know it, survive?

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Analysis: A national office for migration and displacement in Morocco

Moroccan refugees and migrants are often viewed unfavorably in Germany following the events that took place in Cologne on New Year's Eve. Their culture seems foreign and their political challenges very different from those faced by European nations. As is in Europe, however, Morocco's government is confronted with pressing issues resulting from integration and migration.

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Op-ed: Five steps to successful integration

The influx of refugees is an omnipresent topic in Germany. Each day brings new challenges – and new reactions. Creativity and expertise are needed if we are to respond effectively to both the large number of newcomers and society's needs in general. The Bertelsmann Stiftung is launching a series of projects and initiatives designed to achieve this goal. 

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Study : The EU Deal to Avoid Brexit: Take It or Leave

At the European Council summit of February 18-19 a “New Settlement for the United Kingdom within the European Union" was reached. The agreement marks a watershed in acknowledging that EU integration is not a one-directional process of ‘ever closer Union’. Different paths of integration are now open to member states that do not compel them towards a common destination.

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Op-ed: Sore Spots – Aart De Geus on the "Brexit" Threat

The Brexit threat by the British Prime Minister David Cameron lays bare Europe's weaknesses, says Aart De Geus. An op-ed by the chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung on the United Kingdom's possible exit from the European Union.

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Analysis: War in Ukraine: Will the country's young people stay or go?

Plagued by armed conflict and economic crisis, Ukraine has somewhat faded from public view in light of the refugee situation and the terror being perpetrated by the Islamic State. What is currently happening in Ukraine? How has it been affected by the emigration of many of its citizens? And what are the possibilities for managing the migrant outflows?

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EU Reform: Will Cameron Get What he Wants?

What next for the EU and Great Britain? European think tanks have simulated possible outcomes of future negotiations with London about EU reforms.

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Strategy Paper: Tunisia Needs a Security Package

The assassination of tourists in Sousse is a call: Tunisia needs European help in implementing democracy and market economy as well as speedy and robust support in building up its security sector. 

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Conference: A New Departure for the European Union

Is the new-look EU capable of making a fresh start? What are the political challenges for 2015? How can the EU stabilize relations with its neighbors? These issues were the focus of this year’s “Brussels Think Tank Dialogue”.

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Publication: Roadmap towards a sustainable EMU

How can Europe put a definite end to the euro crisis?

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Event: Eurozone crisis: Schäuble demands reform, not spending

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has vigorously defended the need for structural reform and the avoidance of further spending and deficits to spur European economic growth. In a discussion hosted by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the minister also tamped down concerns about German economic health.

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Study: Social imbalance in Europe is increasing

Europe is making some progress in terms of economic stabilisation, but the level of social justice has declined in recent years in most EU states.

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Event: Experts call for transparency in TTIP negotiations

The negotiations on the transatlantic free trade agreement TTIP need to be transparent and include stakeholders. This was confirmed by the participants of a panel debate that was organised by Bertelsmann Stiftung's Brussels office.