Europe

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Interview + Publication: More citizen participation within the EU

The European Union likes to see itself as a “Europe of the Citizens”. But for many it remains remote, elitist or even undemocratic. In a time when the EU needs the support of its citizens more than ever, it is vital to develop new ideas and strategies for participation. A conversation with our experts Dominik Hierlemann and Anna Renkamp.

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Analysis: How can the EU help the Western Balkans and itself?

Even without the Corona crisis, the economies of the Balkan countries did not get off the ground. Time and again, democratic and constitutional reforms fell by the wayside. The research report "Pushing on a string? An evaluation of regional economic cooperation in the Western Balkans", written jointly with the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw), examines why the EU strategy of regional cooperation has had little impact in the Western Balkans and makes recommendations on how the economic development of these countries could be better served by new forms of differentiated EU integration.

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: SHORTCUT 4 – February 2021

French Citizens’ Convention on Climate

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Analysis: Nine years of war
Who is helping the Syrians?

Twelve million Syrians need humanitarian aid every day, a sombre figure that conceals much suffering and high costs. Europe bears 80% of those costs. The financial aid planned for 2020/2021 is not enough. The EU is mobilising donations and counting on civil society. But to stop the suffering, Brussels must take a stronger stance politically.

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Policy Brief: Digital Sovereignty as a European public good

"Digital sovereignty" is a declared goal of the German EU Council Presidency. However, for a term that is so central to the current political debate, it is very vague. What exactly can digital sovereignty mean? What are the necessary framework conditions to enable the EU to assert its values and legal concepts in the digital space?

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Event: Virtual #BarTalk on the Stability of the European Banking System in the corona crisis

For the first time, the latest instalment of the #BarTalk series took place online. The event was organized as part of "Repair and Prepare: Strengthening Europe", a joint project of the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Jacques Delors Centre. 14 experts on banking and financial markets discussed the impact of the corona crisis on the stability of the European banking system.

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German EU Presidency: Coronavirus Challenges Focus on Climate

Action on climate change was long slated as a priority for Germany’s six-month presidency of the European Union which starts in July. As European nations struggle to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, is Germany really going to maintain momentum on climate?

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Study: ECB policy spurred economic reforms in euro area countries

The European Central Bank (ECB) has repeatedly been the focus of debate: The background are low interest rates, bond purchase programmes and other unusual measures. However, our new study shows that the ECB's monetary policy during the euro crisis has not only helped stabilise the common currency but also led to more structural reforms.

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DEMOCRACY AND THE EU: The EU and its Conference on the Future of Europe

The EU institutions decided to hold a two-year conference on the future of the European Union. Together with the (at the time) French State Minister for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin, her Austrian colleague Karoline Edtstadler, 50 MEPs, and experts on EU policy from Member States and think tanks, we discussed during an online dialogue: How can citizens be involved in the conference? What topics should be addressed? And how can and must the results be implemented?

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Event: Beyond GDP: What counts for economic & social performance? Understanding different daily life challenges of Europeans

The Covid-19 pandemic has posed major challenges for Europe and shed new light on some areas of daily life. What is really important to us? Are people in systemic professions adequately paid? Can we currently think about sustainability and digitisation, or is it primarily important to preserve jobs and economic power? In a virtual conference organised by the "Europe's Future" programme and the OECD-hosted "High Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress" (HLEG), members of the HLEG and other experts came together to discuss well-being indicators and their relevance in the crisis. Amongst others, Nobel Laureate Stiglitz and State Secretaries Schmidt and Kastrop participated. 200 attendees from all over the world followed the event.