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Conference Observatory: 3rd Conference Conversation: Civil Society and Youth Engagement in the Conference

In anticipation of both the upcoming European Youth Event and the launch of the first of the Conference’s European Citizens’ Panels, this edition of Conference Conversations focused on civil society and citizen and youth engagement on the future of Europe.

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Bulgarian Parliamentary Elections: No Majority against Corrupt Elites in Sight

In the second election attempt this year, there is still no sign that anti-corruption or anti-establishment parties will manage to replace the corrupt Bulgarian political elite. Will the EU finally do something to support the corruption-ridden Bulgarians?

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Publication: Carbon needs a price – and proactive economic policy measures

Hardly any topic gets people more riled than the price of gasoline and diesel. A few additional cents at the pump – then tempers flare and the political grandstanding begins. Surging fuel costs are caused by constantly rising carbon prices, which are directly affected by the increasingly ambitious climate policies adopted by many countries and the EU. The Kiel Institute for the World Economy conducted a simulation on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung to see how an increase of $50 per ton of CO2 would affect carbon emissions worldwide, and which long-term income effects would occur in different countries.

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Conference Observatory: Keeping a close watch on European democracy

The EU is giving citizens an unprecedented opportunity to participate in the development of European policymaking. In the course of the coming year, the “Conference on the Future of Europe” will allow citizens and politicians to discuss EU priorities using new citizen participation formats. Together with other foundations and think tanks, we have created a “Conference Observatory” to monitor and support this process. 

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Publication series: A future agenda for more innovative capacity – Innovation for Transformation

Innovation is crucial to prosperity, and to solving the urgent societal problems of our time. However, Germany needs more innovative capacity if it wants to continue to keep pace with other countries and regions across the globe – particularly with regard to cutting-edge technologies. A Bertelsmann Stiftung study examining good practices worldwide shows how fostering innovative capacity to increase competitiveness while advancing societal progress can unlock innovative potential.

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Event: EU Commission Vice-President 
Věra Jourová on digital participation in Europe 

The aim of the Conference on the Future of Europe is to offer citizens a completely new way of participating in EU policymaking. Along with a group of participation pioneers, we met Věra Jourová to discuss what digital participation should look like. The right tools, intelligible language and, above all, political impact are essential.  

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Publication: How Germany, Poland, Portugal and Sweden reformed their asylum systems

When a million people sought refuge in Europe in 2015 due to the wars and violent conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, the structural deficiencies in the already flawed Common European Asylum System (CEAS) became evident. Our new publication analyses how the asylum systems in Germany, Poland, Portugal and Sweden have evolved since 2015, which reforms were introduced, and which challenges remain.

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Publication: Europe seen from the stars – How the EU billions are put to work

The EU spends a third of its money on growing structurally weak regions. Does this support reach citizens? Using satellite images, we show that more subsidised municipalities in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic actually see higher levels of growth. As intangible as the decisions in Brussels may seem, EU action has real-world impact.

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Analysis: Ukraine and Moldova: Why is progress towards the rule of law so challenging?

In young and fragile democracies, the judiciary and public prosecutors are frequently instrumentalized for political gain. This is all the more damaging, given the key role played by judges and prosecutors in advancing the rule of law and the fight against corruption.

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Health injustice: White, rich, safe: COVID-19 Exposes Rampant Health System Inequality

The distribution of the coronavirus vaccine around the world is glaringly unjust. But the fight against the pandemic shows that many wealthy countries also have an equity problem within their own borders.