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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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Citizens‘ Participation: Citizens for the Conference on the Future of Europe

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced a two-year Conference on the Future of Europe. Even citizens ought to participate. But how? In order to make participatory democracy a reality, it is essential to avoid only paying lip-service to the idea of participation — and give citizens a real say.

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eupinions: Europeans want environmental protection, but are concerned about their wallets

The new European Commission is expected to officially take office on December 1. Ursula von der Leyen, the elected President of the Commission, has already set the first priorities, but what do Europeans expect from Europe? The latest edition of "eupinions" shows that protecting the environment is very high on many citizens' to-do list. However, at a personal level, Europeans are primarily concerned about the rising cost of living and their jobs.

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Analysis: Europe´s Coherence Gap in External Crisis and Conflict Management. The EU’s Integrated Approach between Political Rhetoric and Institutional Practice

The end of the Cold War initially relaxed the security situation in Europe and enabled the EU to press ahead with the peaceful unification of the continent due to its enlargement policy. The situation in the EU's neighbourhood and beyond was and is different.

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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.

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Study: Multinational firms spreading banking crises could cost UK economy billions

In the EU Single Market, companies operate across national borders with branches throughout Europe. This promotes competition and growth. But firm networks across Europe can help banking crises spread, finds a new study by Bertelsmann Stiftung. A banking crisis abroad would hit the UK economy by up to 30 billion euros annually through foreign firms operating in the UK – and a UK banking crisis due to Brexit would hit European economies equally hard.

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Policy Brief: The Single Market, welfare and population size – an analysis of EU countries and regions

The European Single Market brings about significant income gains: for instance, fewer barriers to trade are likely to increase competition and boost the productivity of firms. The income gains also make the participating countries more attractive as a place to live and work. This policy paper simulates changes in population size in the hypothetical event of a dissolution of the Single Market in order to estimate “second round” effects of the Single Market on economic growth.

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Lunchtime Expert-Dialogue: "Revolution at the ballot box" in Ukraine 2019: Assessments on future domestic and foreign policy

2019 was a super election year in Ukraine - in March the Ukrainians elected Volodymyr Selenskyy as their president, in July the presidential party "Servants of the People" entered parliament with an absolute majority. With the local elections to follow in 2020, the political system is in a state of flux. But how will the new politicians, managers and deputies shape Ukraine over the next five years?

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DINNER DIALOGUE: EU politics: Participation is trending

The King Baudouin Foundation, the Open Society Foundations and the Bertelsmann Stiftung issued a joint invitation to a DINNER DIALOGUE under the heading “Tomorrow’s EU Democracy – Giving citizens a say” in Brussels on 18 September 2019. 40 decision-makers and “participation pioneers” from various EU institutions, think-tanks and scientific bodies met at the Representation of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg to discuss how to give European citizens a greater say in European policymaking.

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Economic Regulation: Avoiding a Repeat Performance of the Financial Crisis

As economists predict that another global recession is in the wings, have international leaders done their homework in the wake of the last global financial crisis?