Keyword:Trade

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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 ...

EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Bertelsmann Stiftung Chairman Aart De Geus EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Bertelsmann Stiftung Chairman Aart De Geus

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 ...