Economy

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Unter den Linden 1, Berlin : Joint Workshop with Monopolies Commission: "Market power trends: Evidence and implications for Germany and Europe"

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Survey: Conflict between the US and China: Europeans want a stronger Europe

The tensions between the US and China are a source of great concern to people living in the EU. At the same time, the uncertain global situation is increasing their desire for a more sovereign Europe. The world’s two superpowers are viewed differently by Europeans: While the latter continue to feel a bond with the US, they see China largely as a competitor. One area where the EU’s citizens are particularly critical of the People’s Republic is data protection.

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Study: What has the WTO Ever Done for Us?

On January 1st, the WTO will celebrate its 25th birthday. Whether it is looking forward to a rosy future is however uncertain. Their largest members, the US and China escalate their tariff disputes outside the organization. At the same time, the US’s blocking of the Appellate Body risks damaging the whole institution. The US and China should think twice though: together with Germany, they are among the largest beneficiaries of the rules-based trading system.

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Event: EU to go spezial "Industrial policy: digital, productive, European?"

“Industrial policy: digital, productive, European?” – was the title of the latest version of “EU to go spezial”, which took place at the Q-Club in Berlin on 13 December 2019. During this event, which was organised by the Jacques Delors Centre and Bertelsmann Stiftung, our experts presented their proposals on how the new European Commission can shape European industrial policy over the coming years.

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Asia Policy Brief: China's Economic Footprint in the Western Balkans

Geopolitics has returned to vogue, and the EU does not enjoy a monopoly on influence in the Western Balkans. China is the latest player on the scene, and although its economic footprint is still relatively small, Beijing’s growing presence is a new reality that Brussels needs to contend with. China’s “no-strings attached” financing of infrastructure potentially undermines the EU’s reform-orientated approach.

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Study: Silicon Wadi meets the hinterland – how Germany’s Mittelstand and Israeli startups can benefit from working together

Germany and Israel face similar challenges and opportunities when it comes to globalization and digitalization. Which synergies could result from an innovation exchange? What would successful cooperation look like? As our study German and Israeli Innovation – The Best of Two Worlds shows: Networking is crucial for shaping German-Israeli partnerships. Innovative platforms, moreover, facilitate the interactions that can make those partnerships happen.

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Study: Demographic change is leading to massive income losses in developed countries

Demographic aging will have a strong dampening effect on average incomes in Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, Austria and the United States in the next 30 years. However, this effect can be mitigated by increasing investment in automation and digitalization. Our study has examined how strong the diminishing effect on individual income growth will be and how much compensatory investments would be necessary.  

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Event: German-Israeli Pitch Night

“Go far. Come close.” The first German-Israeli Pitch Night presented innovative startups from Israel and East Westphalia to an audience of 200 guests. Thanks to the concrete examples discussed, it also showed how both ecosystems can learn from each other.

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Social Justice Index: Bleak outlook for young generations in OECD countries

Data on employment have reached levels above those of the peak of the financial crisis in nearly all EU and OECD countries. Nevertheless, the share of people at risk of poverty has shown little decline. Stagnation is also evident with regard to intergenerational justice.

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Event: Workshop on industrial strategy and competition policy with the OECD in Paris

Together with the OECD, the "Repair and Prepare" project organised a workshop on industrial strategy and competition policy that took place in Paris on October 16.