Economy

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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.

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Asia Policy Brief: Indo-German Alignment Mapping - 1. Security

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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Publication: From Scale to Purpose? The EU and European startups

With the global race for tech dominance and digital sovereignty set to intensify, we look at what the EU is doing to strengthen its fledgling but ambitious startup sector. We find that despite bold and proactive new steps, the creation of European unicorns will probably require bigger thinking than the EU can currently muster. Europe’s true strength, however, could lie in channeling the forces of technology strategically to help solve the social and environmental challenges that lie ahead.

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Migration Zoom Time EU-Africa: “We need staying power”

Almost 50 representatives from politics, academia, civil society and organizations representing the African diaspora came together on November 18 for a digital lunchtime discussion of “New ways of partnering with Africa? Possibilities and limits of current EU proposals for the Pact on Migration and Asylum.” The event was organized by the project Making Fair Migration a Reality to examine pressing issues stemming from the migration and Africa policy currently being pursued by Germany and the European Union.

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Dialogue: Indo-German 1.5 Track Dialogue

Government representatives and think tankers from India and Germany met online for the second Indo-German Track 1.5 Dialogue. Discussions focused on the challenges and potential for cooperation in foreign and security policy as well as trade and economics.

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Anniversary: 20 years of German Israeli Young Leaders Exchange

Since its founding in 1977, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has devoted considerable effort to facilitating German-Israeli relations. This long-term cooperation was built on the close friendship cultivated between Liz and Reinhard Mohn with then-Mayor of Jerusalem, the legendary Teddy Kollek.