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Analysis : How Europe’s southern neighbours are experiencing the corona crisis

Surprisingly, the corona pandemic has not hit the crisis- and conflict-ridden societies in the EU’s southern neighbourhood as hard as was originally feared. This may be due to the early and strict lockdown implemented by those societies, and to their relatively young populations, the high level of commitment evinced by their civil societies, and their experience dealing with crises.

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Corona crisis: Why we need citizens participation in the time of Corona

During the COVID-19 pandemic we witness the increased use of rapid executive decisions by governments, based on scientific advice. What role does that leave for citizens participation? An important one. Because good policy solutions depend on scientific expertise and the lived reality of citizens.

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Event: EU to go special. Virus vs. economy - a European answer? Webinar with 200 guests

The current situation stemming from the corona virus pandemic was not only the thematic focus of the "EU to go spezial", but also determined the setting of the event on April 23, 2020: For the first time in digital webinar format with over 200 participants, our experts presented European developments and measures and examined a possible instrument at EU level to mitigate the pandemic.

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Analysis: How can EU member states and the EU alike improve their external crisis and conflict management capabilities?

With the book "Europe's Coherence Gap in External Crisis and Conflict Management. Political Rhetoric and Institutional Practise in the EU and Its Member States", the Bertelsmann Stiftung, together with the Centre for European Policy Studies and other experts from the EU member states, is presenting a comprehensive inventory of European civil-military capabilities in crisis and conflict management.

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Online Editorial: Online Editorial on the European Union during the corona crisis

In an online editorial, Christian Kastrop, director of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Europe's Future program, and Thomas Wieser, long-time chairman of the preparatory committee of the European Council of Economic and Finance Ministers and the Eurogroup, argue that the Corona crisis provides an example of how the European Union must change to survive in the 21st century.

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Web-meeting : Web-meeting Recording: Whatever it takes – Germany and the US tackle the lockdown economy

On Thursday, April 9th, the Bertelsmann Foundation of North America and the Global Economic Dynamics project of the Bertelsmann Stiftung hosted a web-meeting on the response to the CoVid19 crisis in the US and Germany.

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Policy Paper: Flattening the Recession Curve

While the ongoing pandemic affects all European economies, we show that it is likely to cause much more economic damage in some member states than in others. Early fiscal crisis responses by EU governments do not reflect these differences. If anything, countries which are likely to be especially vulnerable are currently committing fewer fiscal resources to fighting the economic fallout than others. A joint European policy response to share the fiscal burden of this crisis is, therefore, urgently needed.

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Analysis: In the corona crisis, who is the more reliable international partner?

The corona pandemic is affecting people in the EU’s Eastern Neighborhood later than in other areas. Yet poorly equipped health-care systems and weak social programs mean the entire region will be severely impacted by the crisis. Some heads of government are already using the pandemic to expand their power.

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COVID-19 Preparations: Europe Braces for Coronavirus Spread

As the COVID-19 gets a foothold in Europe, health services are being put through their paces. Are they up to the job dealing with the unpredictable enemy?

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Study: A Fading Institution

When the World Trade Organization (WTO) was founded, expectations of this new forum were high. But its 25-year history has not lived up to these great expectations. This is shown by an analysis of the media coverage on the occasion of the founding anniversary of the WTO.