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Trilogue Salzburg 2021: United in a Fragile World – Defining the Fineline between Progress and Improvement

How can progress be actively created against the backdrop of a multidimensional world? "United in a Fragile World - Defining the Fineline between Progress and Improvement" focusses on the differentiation of both term in order to overcome current challenges and to build a better future.

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Literature Review - March 2021: Cold War 2.0? Essential Readings on the New Systemic Conflict

Welcome to the March issue of our literature review on the systemic conflict with China. The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) has dominated public discussions about transatlantic cooperation on China since late December and produced some early strains between European policymakers and the new U.S. administration. However, such cooperation still holds great promise. How this potential can be unleashed is the subject of intense debate and, therefore, a focus of this review. At the same time, the strategic competition between the U.S. and China continues to unfold. How this competition can be managed to avoid war is the single most important question of all. Europe must position itself vis-à-vis this strategic rivalry but finds itself in lack of a consistent policy.Another focus of the review is China's response to the escalating strategic competition with the United States, which is characterized by confidence and caution, as well as Beijing’s crimes against humanity, most notably the atrocities it is committing against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang. This review also covers contributions on economic and technological competition, two key arenas of the systemic rivalry with China. As usual, I have tried to map the ongoing debate and point out contributions I consider essential readings. Please feel invited to comment on my selection. I look forward to your feedback. Thanks for reading.

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Prize: Livestream: Short film receives prestigious EU-Commission’s Award for outreach on Wednesday

#BackToEurope – for its short film "Zurück Zu Europa", the Bertelsmann Stiftung will receive the Altiero-Spinelli-Prize for Public Relations in an award ceremony on 17 March 2021 at 5 pm.

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Ten Years after the Fukushima Disaster: Nuclear Energy in the Times of Climate Change

Ten years after the devastating tsunami and triple core meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011, Japan is still struggling with the fallout.

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Third Migration Zoom Time : Nine Months after the Start of the Pandemic: The Impact of COVID-19 on Labor Migration and the Labor Market Situation of Migrants in Germany

In December 2020, a virtual event took place that continued ongoing discussions on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on labor migration and the labor market situation of migrants from a first event in June.

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Literature Review - February 2021: Cold War 2.0? Essential Readings on the New Systemic Conflict

Welcome to the February issue of our literature review on the new systemic conflict with China. On January 22, 2021 the European Commission published the text of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) following the agreement “in principle announced” on December 30, 2020. The CAI has unleashed a firestorm of criticism in Europe and among the EU's key partners, directed both at the deal itself and at the timing and political context of the agreement. It is therefore a focus of this review, especially as it has significantly complicated transatlantic cooperation on China and the formulation of the Biden administration’s policy toward Beijing. Another focus is China's expanding authoritarianism, as evidenced by intensified efforts to influence media content around the world or its campaign of transnational repression directed at Chinese living abroad. This review also covers contributions on economic and technological competition, key arenas of competition with China. As usual, I have tried to map the ongoing debate and point out contributions I consider essential readings. Please feel invited to comment on my selection. I look forward to your feedback. Wishing you a stimulating read, I do hope this issue of our literature review will provide useful insights for your work.

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Book Launch: Europe's Trade Strategy for the Age of Geoeconomic Globalization

On February, 10th, Christian Bluth, together with Katharina Gnath and Ignacio Garcia Bercero, launched his book on Europe's new trade strategy. The book elaborates how the world is changing along various political and non-political megatrends and how EU trade policy can respond appropriately. Particularly important are improved risk management and more commitment to stability in the international trading system.

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Asia Policy Brief: Indo-German Alignment Mapping - 3. Health

What are the prospects for the strategic partnership between Germany and India when it comes to health? The coronavirus pandemic is currently for both partners at the center of their health policy agendas. Regarding the containment of the pandemic and the strengthening of vaccine capacities a partnership between Germany and India seems natural and is favored by both sides. In the medium term, however, differences are likely to increasingly come into focus. India wants to expand the market power of its pharmaceutical industry, why Germany and Europe are worried of too large dependencies on the “largest pharmacy” of the world, argues Parvati Vasanta in the 3. chapter of our policy brief series. (only available in German)

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Asia Policy Brief: Indo-German Alignment Mapping - 2. Trade

What are the prospects of the strategic partnership between Germany and India? Often, we see that mutual statements about its infinite potential characterize the Indo-German relationship. At the same time, the discussion very often remains merely a theoretical exchange. Where are both partners really on the same page and where are their respective pain points in cooperation in relevant economic and political areas that may prevent a successful partnership? In the first chapter of the upcoming Policy Brief series, Parvati Vasanta takes a closer look at the area of security. (in German)

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Study: Corona pandemic shows that many states are poorly prepared

Declining growth, high debt levels, sustainability setbacks, a rising risk of poverty, democracy under pressure and dwindling reform capacity. An international examination of governance by us shows that far too many EU and OECD countries were poorly prepared as the pandemic broke out in early 2020.