• French Elections on May 7th: Emmanuel Macron vs. Marine Le Pen

  • GED Webinar: France Has a New President – What Next?

  • GED Under the Radar - April Edition

  • French Elections Round-Up Part Three: Trade and Globalization

  • French Elections Round-Up Part Two: Employment and Social Policy

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Electing Europe’s Future: France’s Presidential Candidates and Their Visions for the French Economy
Socio-economic challenges are at the core of this year’s elections


Our newest GED Focus Paper provides an overview of France’s overall socio-economic situation and of the policy solutions the five top candidates propose. 更多 …

Pictured: Prime Minister May gives a press conference during her time at the EU Council

The British Prime Minister has attended a European Union Council meeting in Brussels. 

The Council of the EU brings together EU leaders at least four times a year.  It is where national minister from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies. Pictured: Prime Minister May gives a press conference during her time at the EU Council The British Prime Minister has attended a European Union Council meeting in Brussels. The Council of the EU brings together EU leaders at least four times a year. It is where national minister from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies.

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. 更多 …

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GED Webinar: The EU-Japan Trade Agreement
Learn more about the economic effects and policy implications of the next big trade deal


TTIP is seemingly breathing its last breath and President Donald Trump declared the US’ official withdrawal from TPP. Are mega-regional trade agreements at an end then? Not quite. Nowadays many experts are looking at the trade deal negotiations between the EU and Japan to set a renewed signal against protectionism and for free trade among the global economic community. 更多 …

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EU-Japan: Free Trade Agreement Commitment to Economic Cooperation
Learn all about the effects of the proposed trade deal in our newest GED Study!


A new study of the ifo Institute on behalf of Bertelsmann Stiftung shows that both the EU and Japan could gain additional benefit from a free trade agreement. More importantly, however, the agreement would signal a clear commitment to economic cooperation and free trade in the era of Brexit and Trump. 更多 …

Photos taken at the anti-TTIP protest meeting at Parliament Square on Saturday 11th October 2014. Photos taken at the anti-TTIP protest meeting at Parliament Square on Saturday 11th October 2014.

GED Mini-Series: Inclusiveness in the Global Trading System - Where Are We Heading?
PART THREE: What's the current state of affairs and where are we heading?


In our new GED-Project mini-series we examine the issue of inclusiveness in the global trading system. Part three of our four-part series will take a closer look at the current state of the global trading system and the potential path it is heading on. 更多 …

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TFA: The Trillion Dollar Trade Deal That Just Came into Force
...And Which Hardly Anyone Noticed


On February 22, 2017 Chad, Jordan and Rwanda ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). Thus the total number of countries having ratified this agreement exceeded the pre-defined threshold of a 110 required for it to enter into force. Interestingly, this was hardly picked up by the media. A suprising turn, given the hefty one trillion dollar cost saving tag estimated for the agreement. 更多 …

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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. 更多 …

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Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan traffic flows below Japanese flags at night. ; Shutterstock ID 273245804; PO: GED Blog Webseite; Job: 103-64119-104; Client: Bertelsmann Stiftung; Other: ST-NW  08.03.2017 Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan traffic flows below Japanese flags at night. ; Shutterstock ID 273245804; PO: GED Blog Webseite; Job: 103-64119-104; Client: Bertelsmann Stiftung; Other: ST-NW 08.03.2017

EU-Japan: Free Trade Agreement Commitment to Economic Cooperation
Learn all about the effects of the proposed trade deal in our newest GED Study!


A new study of the ifo Institute on behalf of Bertelsmann Stiftung shows that both the EU and Japan could gain additional benefit from a free trade agreement. More importantly, however, the agreement would signal a clear commitment to economic cooperation and free trade in the era of Brexit and Trump. 更多 …

Paris, Champs-Elysees at night; Shutterstock ID 114479500; PO: GED Focus Paper Frankreich Titelbild; Job: 103-64119-104; Client: Bertelsmann Stiftung ; Other: ST-NW  23.03.2017 Paris, Champs-Elysees at night; Shutterstock ID 114479500; PO: GED Focus Paper Frankreich Titelbild; Job: 103-64119-104; Client: Bertelsmann Stiftung ; Other: ST-NW 23.03.2017

Electing Europe’s Future: France’s Presidential Candidates and Their Visions for the French Economy
Socio-economic challenges are at the core of this year’s elections


Our newest GED Focus Paper provides an overview of France’s overall socio-economic situation and of the policy solutions the five top candidates propose. 更多 …