Europe

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Think Tank Netzwerk: Vision Europe Dialogue

The Bertelsmann Stiftung and seven of Europe’s leading think tanks and foundations have initiated Vision Europe to enhance their cooperation. Vision Europe aims at fostering European integration and at promoting innovative solutions to Europe’s most pressing public policy challenges. Through research, publications and an annual summit, Vision Europe is a forum for debates and new ideas at both national and EU levels.

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Focus Paper: Learning from Trump and Xi? Globalization and innovation as drivers of a new industrial policy

Technological innovations are essential drivers of long-term and sustainable growth to ensure prosperity. Accordingly, there is currently a debate in Germany and the EU as to whether a new, strategic industrial policy can be an answer to the complex dynamics of digitisation.

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SGI: The Ranks of the Working Poor

The simple equation of the past that reducing unemployment is poverty alleviation is no longer true. Despite rising employment figures in many Western economies, poverty is not declining. What’s wrong with labor market policies?

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Survey: Conflict between the US and China: Europeans want a stronger Europe

The tensions between the US and China are a source of great concern to people living in the EU. At the same time, the uncertain global situation is increasing their desire for a more sovereign Europe. The world’s two superpowers are viewed differently by Europeans: While the latter continue to feel a bond with the US, they see China largely as a competitor. One area where the EU’s citizens are particularly critical of the People’s Republic is data protection.

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Study: What has the WTO Ever Done for Us?

On January 1st, the WTO will celebrate its 25th birthday. Whether it is looking forward to a rosy future is however uncertain. Their largest members, the US and China escalate their tariff disputes outside the organization. At the same time, the US’s blocking of the Appellate Body risks damaging the whole institution. The US and China should think twice though: together with Germany, they are among the largest beneficiaries of the rules-based trading system.

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High Level Round Table: Inclusive Innovation and Social Cohesion: Challenges and Solutions in Asia and Europe

Technological innovations and other transformation processes are changing our societies at an unprecedented pace. What effects does this have on social cohesion and how can it be strengthened? At the invitation of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, experts from Asia and Europe discussed these questions in Singapore.

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Event: EU to go spezial "Industrial policy: digital, productive, European?"

“Industrial policy: digital, productive, European?” – was the title of the latest version of “EU to go spezial”, which took place at the Q-Club in Berlin on 13 December 2019. During this event, which was organised by the Jacques Delors Centre and Bertelsmann Stiftung, our experts presented their proposals on how the new European Commission can shape European industrial policy over the coming years.

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Commentary: Moldovan “Groundhog Day”
Pro-European Forces Failing Yet Again?

By Mihai-Razvan Corman  The Moldovan experiment of a coalition across geopolitical lines is over. Only five months after its inauguration, the country’s government, to which many have attached high expectations, collapsed. Similar to the movie “Groundhog Day”, yet another Moldovan government failed to push through a European reform agenda. Moldova continues to be a state captured by vested interests. Concern is warranted regarding the country’s future European orientation.

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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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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.