Transatlantic relations: Converging or diverging?


Drawing on insights from a series of scenario workshops and case studies, this report examines the major influencing factors in recent US and European foreign policy decision-making. It argues that while the transatlantic relationship may currently be traversing a period of divergence, this need not lead to a structural split over the longer term as the fundamentals in relations between the US and Europe remain strong.

Europeans see the EU as a protective umbrella in times of globalisation

Right-wing conservative parties are mobilizing votes throughout Europe with their criticism of globalization and the EU; centrist parties cannot agree about how best to respond to this policy of rejection. The current edition of eupinions, a survey published by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, shows what Europeans think about globalization and the role the EU should play. For many Europeans a policy of isolation and nationalism is not an appropriate response to the challenges of globalization. They expect European policy to deal above all with questions of security and migration.


How Hidden Protectionism Impacts International Trade

Tariffs are the most visible instrument for protecting domestic companies against foreign competition. So-called non-tariff barriers to trade (NTBs) are less visible. NTBs include import quantities, registration formalities for imports or state aid for domestic suppliers. This study, published by the Global Economic Dynamics project of Bertelsmann Stiftung shows that NTBs implemented worldwide between 2010 and 2015 have been responsible for roughly 16 percent of the decline in global trade.


Now available: Vision Europe Conference Publication

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The conference publication of the Vision Europe Summit 2017 is now available for download. Our experts will present the content at the summit, and the ideas and recommendations expressed in this publication will serve as a background for the discussions.

Economic globalisation - Who's winning, who's losing out?

The aim of this paper by Thieß Petersen (Senior Advisor,  Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh) is to identify winners and losers of economic globalisation. The focus lies on the income and employment effects in advanced economies and the implications of these effects for the growing criticism of globalisation in these countries

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The VAT gap in the EU-28 member states

CASE authored a study on the VAT Gap in the European Union in 2015 commissioned by the European Commission.  In 2015, the VAT Gap in the EU-28 Member States amounted to EUR 151.5 billion. In absolute terms, the highest VAT Gap of €35 billion was in Italy. The VAT Gap decreased in most Member States, with the strongest improvements in Malta, Romania and Spain.

Euro bills . Copyright by reynermedia on flickr ( CC BY 2.0 )

Euro bills. Copyright by reynermedia on flickr (CC BY 2.0)

EU-China economic relations: building a common future

This report is the culmination of a study by Bruegel, Chatham House, the China Center for International Economic Exchanges and the Institute of Global Economics and Finance at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. It identifies key trends and areas of potential economic collaboration in the coming decade focusing on opportunities as well as challenges for cooperation.

EU-India FTA - Two Unequal Partners?

Taj Mahal. Copyright: Nathan Jones on flickr ( CC BY-NC 2.0 )

Taj Mahal. Copyright: Nathan Jones on flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Talks between India and the EU about a possible Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have been going on for some while now and have been anything but easy so far. There are many hurdles to take before both sides will be able to agree to a deal. This study, published by the Global Economic Dynamics Project, examines the economic effects such an agreement could potentially have.