Sylvia Schmidt
Junior Professional,
Bertelsmann Stiftung


Sylvia Schmidt joined the Bertelsmann Stiftung as a Junior Professional in 2016. Previous to becoming a member of the GED team in January 2017, she has worked for the program Europe’s Future. Within the GED team, her research interests include European economic policy, European trade policy and the challenges society and the European Union are facing due to populism as well as the impact of the latter on global trade.


Sylvia accomplished a French-German double master’s degree in European Affairs and Political Science from SciencesPo Paris and Freie Universität Berlin. During her studies, she worked as a student assistant for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), completed internships with the German Foreign Office and the Bundestag and has been a voluntary project coordinator for Polis180, a young grassroots think-tank on European and foreign affairs.

Sylvia Schmidt, 05.09.2016, Junior Professional, Program Europe's Future. Frau Schmidt ist zu Beginn im Programm "Europas Zukunft" im Einsatz und arbeitet dort mit den Kollegen des Projektes "Europas Nachbarn" zusammen.
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What Kind of Coordination for the Eurozone?
Europa Briefing: Economic Government

During the euro crisis, decisions had to be made under enormous time pressure. New institutions and rules were created. This briefing looks at how decisions in the Eurozone are made today and whether there is a democratic deficit. Does the currency union need new and better control mechanisms - maybe even up to the point of a genuine European economic government? More ...

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French Elections on May 7th: Emmanuel Macron vs. Marine Le Pen
Our last update before the election has the latest info and comparison of the two candidates

On May 7th, France will elect a new president. With Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen scoring first and second in the first election round on April 23rd, the French will have the choice between two totally different visions for their country, their society and the future of the European project. Accordingly, also the economic programs of both candidates differ starkly from each other. More ...

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French Elections Round-Up Part Three: Trade and Globalization
Examining France’s role in international trade and attitudes towards globalisation

In this mini-series, the GED project will present to you not only the most pressing issues at stake in France's, but also the corresponding solutions each of the five main candidates proposes. In this third take, we will take a closer look at France’s role in international trade and at attitudes towards globalization. More ...

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GED Under the Radar - February Edition
This month under the radar: Danish labor problems, India's poor, an angry Belarusian and French cows!

Today, we are happy to bring you a brand new segment on the ged-project blog. In it, the GED Team will present to you each month those economic stories that we found most interesting in that month but felt received less popular attention than they actually deserved. These stories can come from all over the word. They can be relevant and important for the global economic system as a whole or just affect a select group of few, they can be serious or they can be humorous. In any case they will be interesting. This is "GED Under the Radar"! More ...

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Presidential Powers and International Trade: How Far Can Trump Go?
An array of tools could spell challenges for the international community

Many were struck by the ease by which the new US President could just undo several years of hard negotiation and knock-out one of the potentially biggest free trade agreements in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), from coming into existence. Keeping this in mind, it seems worthwhile to take a closer look at what powers on trade the President actually has – and at the checks and balances in place. More ...

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How Trump’s Actions Reshuffle Trade Relations in the Asia-Pacific
As the TPP seems knocked-out, Asian countries need to rethink trade coalitions

Trump’s executive order to pull the US out of the TPP is one decisive example of the geopolitical and economic implications of the new president’s trade policy: Not only does the pullback of the US force Asian countries to reassess years of trade negotiations as well as the challenges that lie ahead. It also reshuffles the geopolitics of trade in the Asia-Pacific and potentially makes room to China to reassert its role in this very region. More ...