• Trans-Atlantic Trade at the Crossroads: Prospects for TTIP in 2016 and Beyond

    After three years of negotiations, TTIP is at a critical juncture. If the agreement is not concluded this year, the results of upcoming elections on both sides of the Atlantic will unquestionably disrupt its course.

  • Europe's Reluctant Leader

    In this issue of Newpolitik, Isabell Hoffmann explores the role that Germany is beginning to play as the European Union’s reluctant leader. With a British exit looming, Chancellor Angela Merkel will face an immense challenge as she attempts to hold the bloc together.

  • The End of Panda Politics

    The latest edition of the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Newpolitik series explores the challenges ahead for Germany as its relationship evolves with the People’s Republic of China. Germany enjoys a special relationship with China for now, but author Bernhard Bartsch explains how increased political and economic competition have begun to strain Berlin’s relationship with Beijing.

  • Media Advisory:
    Sustainable Governance Ranking Shows US in the Middle

    In a comparison of sustainable governance among over 40 countries, the United States ranks 26th in terms of future viability. A new Bertelsmann Stiftung study reveals that a number of challenges facing the 41 industrialized nations of the European Union and the OECD have dramatically intensified in the last two years.

  • B|Brief: To Counter Extremism, Europe Must Move Beyond Security and Focus on Neighborhoods

    Following a spate of deadly attacks in Western Europe, governments have adopted a largely military-oriented response to secure the homeland and counter violent extremism. Amid renewed calls for yet more security measures, and with Germany considering the deployment of soldiers to its streets for the first time since World War II, governments at the national and city level must not discount the efficacy of...

  • B|Brief: Inside Turkey’s Economy: Risks, Rewards and the Challenges Ahead

    On July 15, Turkey’s tumultuous 2016 took a shocking twist as elements within the country’s military attempted a coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the days following the attempt, Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency and began purges of depth and breadth that extended beyond public ministries and into the private sector.

    Now, many question the extent to which Erdogan will consolidate power, and what implications this could have for Turkish democracy and for broader regional geopolitics.

    In the coming months, Turkey’s economic resilience could play an equally important factor in determining the outcome of the current upheaval.

  • B|Brief: A New Role for France: Europe’s Pivotal Nation

    The British referendum on membership to the European Union sent shockwaves in every conceivable direction. Many on the European continent pronounced the Brexit vote, the end of two unions – the United Kingdom and the EU.

    Germany, a country that has based its post-WWII foreign policy on consensus building, multilateralism and a strong Europe, now finds itself in a position with which it is decidedly uncomfortable – leader of Europe. Caught in the middle – both geographically and politically – of this Brexit maelstrom is France, which must now pivot between the United Kingdom and Germany, in equal measure, to strengthen the bonds in a Europe that is becoming increasingly fragmented.

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