• B|Brief: The Pacific Alliance 2.0 – Next Level Integration

    May 24, 2016

    by Samuel George and Jason Marczak

    Just a few years ago, the Pacific Alliance, then a new pact between Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, was considered “the most important alliance you’ve never heard of”.

    That anonymity was short-lived.

  • Pacific Alliance 2.0: Next Steps in Integration


    In a new report, co-authors Samuel George of the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Atlantic Council’s Jason Marczak reflect on a new vision for the Pacific Alliance, version 2.0.

    This paper is the result of a months-long collaboration between the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Atlantic Council to convene a high-level working group of leaders from around the world representing the public, private, multilateral and academic sectors, to discuss possible strategies for deeper integration among Pacific Alliance countries.

  • B|Brief: Austrian Elections: When the Peoples' Parties Lose the People

    When Austrians went to the polls in last month’s presidential election, the political establishment received a jarring wakeup call. Amid mounting frustration with the establishment, voters sent two so-called “outsiders” into a competitive runoff, taking place this weekend. Norbert Hofer, a member of the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) famously totes a Glock 26, and has said that refugees are a major threat to Austrian security. His opponent, Green Party veteran Alexander Van der Bellen is running as an independent in this race. He advocates for a strong and cohesive European Union and protecting refugees on humanitarian grounds. Although the role of president is largely ceremonial in Austria, the face-off between two extremes reveals a deepening polarization of the country.

  • B|Brief: Latest TTIP Round Yields Progress, Gridlock

    Negotiators from the United States and the European Union convened in New York City last month for the 13th round of talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, on the heels of the highly anticipated visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to the Hannover Messe in Germany.

    Intense negotiations continued on nearly all chapters of the agreement. Incremental progress was made, but significant points of disagreement remain in areas such as market access, regulatory cooperation and the overall structure of the agreement.

  • Germany's Response to the Refugee Situation: Remarkable Leadership or Fait Accompli?

    In the first issue of the Newpolitik series, the Bertelsmann Foundation addresses the German government’s response to the refugee situation. Did German Chancellor Angela Merkel have a choice when she kept the borders open? Now that Germany has allowed more than 1 million asylum seekers through its borders, how can it effectively and efficiently respond to the challenges that follow?

  • The Crossroads: Brazil

    April 27, 2016

    Sometimes countries face economic turmoil. Sometimes countries face political crises. From time to time, countries must address social tumult. Brazil – a country so recently on the rise – faces all three at once. The latest episode of The Crossroads features commentary from Joaquim Levy, Arminio Fraga, Otaviano Canuto and many more, GED’s Samuel George takes us to the heart of a country at the crossroads.

  • Media Advisory:
    Skepticism of TTIP Growing in the US, Germany

    New survey examines attitudes toward free trade and TTIP on both sides of the Atlantic

    GÜTERSLOH/WASHINGTON (April 21, 2016) - As U.S. and European negotiators prepare to hash out details in the next round of talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in New York, they must contend with shifting public opinion.

    While the European majority welcomes TTIP, Germans have become more skeptical of the agreement, according to a new Bertelsmann Stiftung survey.

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