Europe

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Opinion Piece: Not up for debate: democracy and the rule of law in the EU

Another EU summit, another crisis; nothing new. The European heads of state and government are meeting this Thursday and the EU’s seemingly ever-expanding crisis agenda has reached the rule of law. Poland and Hungary are blocking the implementation of the EU budget and the European recovery plan. They protest against the idea of linking the allocation of EU funds to compliance with the rule of law in the Member States. Will there be another face-saving compromise for all, or is it different this time?

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Policy Paper: Large majority of Europeans expect positive effects from innovation and favor cooperation

A large majority of EU citizens expect innovation and technological progress to have a positive impact on their lives over the next 15 years. With the coronavirus crisis, the desire for more innovation has grown appreciably, particularly with regard to the healthcare and long-term care sectors, the fight against climate change, and education. At the same time, Europeans are keenly aware of the competition they face in key technologies coming from the United States and China. European citizens thus support greater cooperation within Europe.

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Analysis: Regionalisation of supply chains – will the EU’s neighbours benefit?

The corona crisis and its economic fallout are promoting a “reshoring” of supply chains by Europe’s businesses. Could the EU’s more immediate neighbours become alternative production sites for at least some of the goods now supplied by China and India? Our new Policy Brief weighs the pros and cons: A business location’s attractiveness is determined by more than just geographic proximity. Other factors also count, namely good governance, functioning state institutions and secure property rights.

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Democracy in Europe: Amb@ssadors of the European People - EU Commissioners in Citizens' Dialogue

Over the course of three days, 100 people from Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Lithuania discussed how one might achieve a more democratic, greener and digital Europe. The EU Commissioners Margrethe Vestager and Virginijus Sinkevičius were not the only ones very impressed with the outcome. The first European digital citizens' dialogue was a success— repetition guaranteed.

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Analysis: Anti-corruption measures in the South Caucasus – how fighting corruption can promote democracy and the rule of law

The rule of law is a key prerequisite for a functioning democracy, social justice, freedom and enduring peace. Unfortunately, so far it has remained a pipe dream for many people in the countries on Europe’s periphery. Studies on transformation regularly cite corruption as a leading disruptive factor.

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Study: European AI with Indian Data: The illusion of low-hanging fruits

Europe is keen to unleash the potential of closer ties with India. Many hope that cooperation in the field of Artificial Inteligence (AI) and data driven businesses could lead the way. But a new study cautions about unrealistic expectations: If you’re looking for quick wins, look elsewhere.

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US Elections: The Threat of a Chaotic Legal Fallout

President Donald Trump’s chances of reelection do not look good, even after his miraculous bout of corona. But even if Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s wins the election, it could plunge the nation into a serious democratic and constitutional crisis.

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Event: #NextGenerationEU: Creating a New Strong European Economy

“Next Generation EU” (NGEU) has been introduced by the Commission and the Council to counter the negative impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. As it is still up to the Parliament to implement it into legal basis, there are uncertainties about how NGEU is concretely going to work. In a virtual event organized by the Espacio Bertelsmann in cooperation with the Europe’s Future programme, the German embassy in Madrid and the European Commission, European experts came together to discuss the design of NGEU in order to achieve a new strong European economy.

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Policy Brief: Geopolitical Ambitions in the Black Sea and Caspian Region

It’s common knowledge that the Russian Federation annexed Crimea in a flagrant flouting of international law. Less widely known, however, is the manner in which Russia is going about consolidating its position in the Black and Caspian Sea region. Increasingly, this part of the immediate EU Neighborhood is being transformed into a conflict zone. Our new policy paper examines how Russia, Turkey, China and other powers in the region interact there and explores Europe’s opportunities for action.

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US Elections 2020: US Democracy in Danger – Premiere of the Film "Uncivil War"

Ahead of the elections on November 3rd, Americans are losing faith in their democracy. This gets illustrated in the new documentary film from the Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington, DC, which we will premiere to the European audience on October 27th. You are kindly invited to the virtual premiere!