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Revitalizing Multilateral Governance at the World Trade Organization
Report of the High-Level Board of Experts on the Future of Global Trade Governance


The World Trade Organization (WTO) serves as a place where trade policy issues are addressed, disputes arbitrated, legal frameworks derived and enforced. The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Expert Board on the Future of Trade Governance has released a report that elaborates a series of feasible policy recommendations that will increase the effectiveness and salience of the WTO. More ...

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Can Better Institutional Learning Improve Working Practices at the WTO?
How a Systematic Reflection by Members on Transparency Could Promote Institutional Learning


This paper suggests a systematic discussion of transparency by encouraging institutional learning which could help Members to recover a shared sense of collective purpose. It further discusses the meaning of institutional learning, and whether other international organizations have lessons for the WTO on how to do it. More ...

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Globalization Report 2018: Who Benefits Most from Globalization?
For the 3rd time in a row – industrialized countries are biggest winners in globalization


The main question in the “Globalization Report 2018” is: What impact did the increase in globalization between 1990 and 2016 have on real – i.e. inflation-adjusted – GDP per capita in the 42 countries analyzed. This indicator was chosen because it is more meaningful for the prosperity of citizens than the GDP of the economy as a whole. More ...

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Is China Systematically Buying Up German Key Technologies?
An Analysis of Chinese Acquisitions in Germany in the Context of “Made in China 2025”


Foreign direct investment (FDI) can have positive effects, such as job creation, on the host country’s economy. However, the surge in Chinese M&A transactions in Germany has recently aroused suspicion. What is behind the increased interest in "Made in Germany"? And in which sectors do investors from China invest most frequently? More ...

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