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B|Brief: Samba Lessons for Greece

Bertelsmann Foundation Transatlantic Director Anthony Silberfeld proposes in this B|Brief that Brazil under former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva could provide the blueprint for Greece's Syriza party - should it win the January 25 election - to revive the country's economy.

B|Brief: A New Year's Resolution on Turkey

In this Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief, Josh Stanton, Kara Sutton and Julie Guillaume argue that the EU should update and expand its customs union with Turkey to encourage reform in a country whose commitment to core Western values is increasingly being questioned. In return for an expanded economic relationship, Brussels could offer Turkey a role in EU trade-policy deliberations, especially those regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Washington should also get into the act by offering greater US-market access to Turkish products in return for economic reform.

B|Brief: It's About Time: Normalized US-Cuban Relations

In this Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief, Project Manager Samuel George examines the impact of the unexpected breakthrough in US-Cuban relations.

B|Brief: The Berlin Wall's Power to Unify

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser writes in this B|Brief that the end to German and European division a quarter century ago still has powerful lessons for today's Western leaders and today's geopolitical challenges.

B|Brief: The Elephant in the Room: A Republican Congress and Trans-Atlantic Relations

In this Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief, Transatlantic Relations Director Anthony Silberfeld and Project Manager Josh Stanton write that Republican control of Congress may spell changes for US policy in three areas with significance for Europe: free trade, Ukraine and Iran.

B|Brief: Going "All In" in Ukraine

This Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief by Transatlantic Relations Project Manager Josh Stanton stresses the importance of the EU's following through on its commitments to Ukraine in the aftermath of the country's parliamentary vote. Brussels' role is crucial to Ukraine's political and economic stability, and the popular desire - as reflected in the election results - for closer ties to the West.

B|Brief: Five Steps to Kickstart Brazil

In this Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief, Project Manager Samuel George and the World Bank's Cornelius Fleischhaker look at what newly re-elected Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff needs to do to re-ignite her country's stagnating economy.

B|Brief: Argentina: Holding Up After Holding Out

In this Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief, Project Manager Samuel George writes that Argentina's latest default is unlikely to produce the political and economic fallout of previous failures to re-pay sovereign debt. The case may also prompt a new examination of the role of investors of distressed debt.

B|Brief: Obama's Choice

In this Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief, Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser writes that the latest allegations of US spying in Germany have unleashed a new bout of anger in Berlin against Washington. This time, if the Obama administration does not meet Berlin's expectations for clarification of and an end to such intelligence activities, the whole of German-American relations and, consequently, the trans-Atlantic partnership are jeopardized.

B|Brief: Keep Calm and Carry On with the Spitzenkandidaten

In this Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief, Project Manager Kara Sutton writes that UK Prime Minister David Cameron's justified concerns about Jean-Claude Juncker's nomination - and the nomination process - for European Commission president may have been the biggest victim of the European Council's decision. But there are at least ways to salvage the process.

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