Julia Schmidt is a Junior Professional at the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Within the "Repair and Prepare: Strengthening the Euro" project, her research interests include regional integration and productivity in the European Single Market as well as social and economic inequality throughout the European Union. Julia holds a Master’s degree in International Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris and a Bachelor in Communication Science and Economics from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. During her studies, Julia gained first professional experience at the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), the German Foreign Office as well as the Singaporean-German Chamber of Trade and Commerce. Throughout her degrees, Julia held a scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation