Op-Eds/Commentary

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.

B|Brief: Is Seven Greater Than Eight?

In this Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief, Transatlantic Relations Director Anthony Silberfeld writes that while Russia is justifiably absent from the G7 summit in Brussels, the country and its president cannot be isolated. No solution to the Ukraine crisis is possible if the individual most capable of imposing that solution, Vladimir Putin, is excluded from the table.

B|Brief: Europe Inspires Despite Its Problems

In this Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief, Project Manager Josh Stanton notes the irony of the EU and Ukrainian elections. The first showed increasing disdain for European integration; the latter reflected its hope and aspirations.

B|Brief: Did Washington Lose The European Elections?

In this Bertelsmann Foundation B|Brief, Executive Director Annette Heuser analyzes the impact of the European Parliament elections on Washington and the trans-Atlantic partnership.

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