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An Aging Population - The Impact on Foreign Trade in Industrialized Countries
What do empiricism and simulation calculations tell us?


An aging population: In the last week, we have shown what theoretical connections can be expected between an ageing society and the current account balance of this country. The question now is which demographically induced effects important industrial nations such as Germany, Japan and the USA can expect in their current account balances by 2050. […] More ...

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Demographics and Foreign Trade: What Are the Effects of an Aging Population on the Current Account Balance of an Economy?


The change in the age structure of a society has an impact on key macroeconomic variables, including the savings and investment ratios, the inflation rate and overall economic productivity. Our forthcoming paper outlines some central relationships between the ageing of population in developed industrial economies and their current account balances. More ...

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What Do the Results of the EU Elections Mean for the Future of the EU Trade Policy?
The collapse of the centre will mean re-alignment and building consensus


Last week, the citizens across the European Union voted for a new European Parliament. The European Parliament also has an important voice in trade policy, so in this blog post GED asks the changes in the composition of the EU parliament mean for the EU trade policy. EU Elections 2019: What changed in the new […] More ...

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Caught in the Crossfire of the US-China Trade War
Implications for the US, China and the EU


Once again, a tweet by US President Donald Trump has put the world in shock: Shortly before the next negotiations with China, Trump pushed ahead with further punitive measures and increased customs duties on Chinese imports worth USD 200 billion from 10 to 25 percent. China retaliated in kind. What does this mean for China and specially the EU, which has been caught in the crossfire of Trump's criticism, too? More ...

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Time for New Allies? The EU Should Push EU Asia Economic Relations
Thoughts on the eve of the ASEM: Global Partners for Global Challenges, Summit


The Economic Ministers of the 53 member states of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) are convening in Seoul from September 21 to 22, 2017. Given the rising protectionism worldwide and especially U.S. president Donald Trump’s nationalistic economic policy, we argue that this meeting is an opportunity to signal good economic cooperation beetween Asia and Europe. More ...

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A Safety Net to Foster Support for Trade and Globalisation
International Survey of Attitudes towards Trade and Globalisation 2018


Given the rise of protectionist reflexes and a world on the brink of trade war, a survey by the Bertelsmann Stiftung of attitudes towards trade and globalisation gauges the temperature among people in twelve developed and emerging economies. It finds that attitudes are generally positive but that some negative side effects worry the respondents. More ...

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How Blockchain Technology Could Revolutionize International Trade
Is it time for trade to say goodbye to pen and paper and embrace the future?


While International trade has grown immensely over the past 20 years and exceeded USD 18 trillion in 2014, in many ways it is still dominated by old-fashioned paper-based methods rather than the latest technology. This can make trade very inefficient, expensive, slow and complex. The emergence of the blockchain technology and smart contracts promises to resolve the current problems and inefficiencies, bearing the potential to save global trade trillions of dollars. 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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5 Reasons for the Global Trade Slowdown


Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, the volume of global trade has been characterized in part by double-digit growth rates. Yet evidence shows that this growth has declined steeply since 2012. This piece examines the reasons for the decreasing dynamism of global trade. More ...

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The Crossroads: Cuba


As the US and Cuba reopen their embassies in each other's countries Cuba finds itself at a crossroads. Which path into the future will it follow? This is the second installment of the GED team's new video series "The Crossroads". 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 ...