• B|Brief: Negotiators Advance TTIP Agenda but Several Key Issues Remain

    The latest round of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) concluded earlier this month with an air of uncertainty, as U.S. and EU negotiators committed to continue the process of resolving differences and consolidating texts without concrete plans for when or where the next round will take place.

    Negotiators tabled a record number of text proposals this round and made progress on important technical details related to market access, regulatory issues and trade rules. However, the parties remain deadlocked on several critical elements of the agreement, including market access for services, government procurement and investment protection.

  • Media Advisory:
    First SDG Index Delivered to Ban Ki-moon: Countries Need to Act Urgently to Achieve the Global Goals

    Today, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung launched a new Sustainable Development Goal Index and Dashboard to provide a report card for tracking SDG progress and ensuring accountability. The report shows how leaders can deliver on their promise and it urges countries not to lose the momentum for important reforms.

  • B|Brief: Protecting Europe’s Family Ties in Trying Times

    In 1946, it was British Conservative Winston Churchill who famously called for the creation of a European family and the establishment of a United States of Europe. So perhaps it is fitting that another Tory may preside over the family’s dissolution.

    The upcoming British EU referendum is a step in the wrong direction for the European Union, but it certainly isn’t the first. What began as a dream of an ever-closer union has devolved into a collection of states in which national interest trumps unity.

  • Media Advisory:
    Most EU Citizens Want the United Kingdom to Stay

    A majority of people in the European Union outside of the United Kingdom do not support a British exit from the EU. If the U.K. were to leave, however, few fear specific consequences for their own country, according to the latest EU-wide opinion poll commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung

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