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Two Years into the Digital Single Market Strategy – Where Do We Stand?
It’s not only about roaming fees, in order to be a success, the Digital Single Market Strategy needs to achieve much more

Europe is lagging behind in the digital economy. The reason for this is not a lack of business ideas in the digital economy, the reason is that the current institutional and technical environment is not as conducive to growth as it should be. The Digital Single Market Strategy addresses some of these issues. But does it do enough? This blogpost reviews what has been achieved and what still needs to be done. More ...


How Much Will Brexit Impact the UK's Trading Power?
Calculating the Effects of Brexit on an EU-India Free Trade Agreement

Since June 2007 India and the EU have undergone negotiations for a comprehensive trade deal. This blogpost will look at the effects of Brexit on an EU-India Free Trade Agreement and will assess whether the UK could compete with the EU for a future FTA with India, which is continuing to expand its role as a major player in global trade. More ...

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Brexit Has Just Been Triggered – What Happens Next?
The UK is officially leaving the European Union. We take a closer look at how this works and what happens now.

Today, on March 29, Prime Minister Theresa May will formally notify the European Council of the United Kingdom’s decision to withdraw from the European Union. With this notification begins the two year period, which is foreseen by Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty for the withdrawal from the EU. Still there are many questions that remain unclear. We tell you what to expect next. More ...

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Germany: From “Sick Man of Europe” to “Economic Superstar”
What are the main reasons behind this development and what is the price of economic success

During the early years of the new millennium, Germany was considered to be the “sick man of Europe”, yet since then, it has become the strongest economy on the European continent. This article describes the main reasons behind this development and in doing so also dis-cusses the price of economic success. More ...

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Nobody Wins with BREXIT
Dynamic Welfare Effects of Brexit Negative for all 28 EU Countries

Since the threat of a Grexit has been averted for the time being, a possible exit of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) poses the next danger for European integration. In our study “Costs and benefits of a United Kingdom exit from the European Union” from April 2015, we analyzed the static effects of a Brexit. We were able to show that due to less cross-border trade activities all 28 EU countries would suffer from lower economic growth. Now we calculated the dynamic growth effects of a Brexit. Again, all 28 economies would be faced with lower growth rates. Growth losses would be even larger than in the case of static effects only More ...


Pascal Lamy on TTIP and EU and US Regulatory Convergence
Pascal Lamy highlighted the importance of TTIP in leading the EU and the US to convergence in regulatory matters, which would impact the rest of the world

Pascal Lamy talked about a world of trade precaution instead of protection, in one of his comments at the GED sponsored “Multilateral Regionalism and Emerging Markets – Opportunities and Risks in Global Trade” panel at the Global Economic Symposium in Kiel. He highlighted the importance of TTIP in leading the EU and the US to convergence in regulatory matters, which would impact the rest of the world. More ...

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Grexit Barometer: What the European Citizens Think

At Sunday's summit Greece's fate will likely be decided. While in Germany voices supporting a Grexit have become louder over the last weeks, the German attitude may differ from public opinions in other EU member states. Therefore, today we want to take a closer look at the people’s opinion towards the Greek debt problem throughout Europe. More ...

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How to Deepen Economic Integration within the EU Single Market?

Last week in Brussels the Bertelsmann Stiftung successfully held its long planned joint conference with the European Commission "Making the EU services market an engine for growth". The conference was a full success and a lot of valuable input was collected which we want to look at in a bit more detail in this post. More ...

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The Untapped Potential of the EU Services Market

As highlighted in last week’s blogpost, the EU services market holds considerable growth potential and represents a vital component of the completion of the EU single market. This week we focus in particular on the current state of the EU services market and the positive growth effects that could be generated by further integration of the service sector. More ...

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TTIP – the Media Debate: Who Is Reporting What, When and How?

While representatives for the EU and USA are gathering in New York for the ninth official round of TTIP negotiations, the GED-Team decided to take a closer look at the German media reporting on TTIP. Public discussions on TTIP remain a hot topic, especially in Germany. What interests the general public differs often from the agenda in New York. More ...

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TTIP Behind Closed Doors: A Fresh Start for Transparency?

The eighth round of negotiations just ended in Brussels, yet it seems the question of transparency is still not resolved. Despite intense communication efforts, attempts to bring an end to the transparency debate are losing momentum. So where do we really stand on transparency? What is left to do? And how far should we go? In this video we provide some insights by experts from both sides of the debate. More ...

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The Euro Crisis: Is Trade the Solution?

Five years have passed for the European Union to consider the causes of the Euro Crisis; five years to implement reforms, and five years to kickstart growth. So where do we really stand? How did we get here? And what is left to do? We sat down with some experts from both sides of the debate to find answers More ...

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Unpacking the Box: Rome Conference Opens Forum for TTIP Debate

TTIP has been in the works for two years now, but many feel the negotiations have lost both momentum and direction. To spark a more constructive debate, experts from across the political, social and business sectors met at the Rome Conference to share their perspectives at the TTIP. More ...