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Repair and Prepare: Strengthening Europe

The Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Jacques Delors Centre join forces to present in-depth analyses and far-sighted ideas for a stronger European economy.

Legal, compliant and suitable: The ECB's Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP)

The ECB has announced a 750-billion-euro purchase programme to fight the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. But like all ECB Programmes in recent years, the new Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP) will likely be challenged in court. This policy brief assesses whether the PEPP will likely survive a legal challenge.

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Ring-fencing in the Eurozone and the road to the Banking Union

The Banking Union is one of the most important and ambitious projects launched by the European Union in the last ten years. With supervisory and resolution mechanisms for Eurozone banks now up and running, the current narrative is that most of the work to create the Banking Union is complete. This Policy Paper by Sima Kammourieh Petrov disputes this view, arguing that the persistence of financial protectionism - or “ring-fencing” - at Member State level significantly erodes the effectiveness of the Eurozone’s single supervisory and resolution mechanisms. It formulates concrete recommendations and calls for a political leap of faith from Eurozone Member States to cease ring-fencing practices.

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We Don’t Need No Institution

Does the Eurozone need a “treasury”? The answer is no: The Eurozone needs a common fiscal policy to complement the ECB’s monetary policy. But it does not need a new institution to take fiscal policy decisions or to execute such decisions. The EU institutional framework is well-equipped to perform these functions. Hence, the focus of political energy should be on getting the right policies and instruments in place, not on building new shiny institutions.

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Unlocking Europe’s Piggy Bank

European companies invest too little. Instead, firms increasingly retain profits and build up large savings which contributes to low growth, rising inequality and financial instability. Boosting private investment, therefore, has become main priority for the new Commission. Based on new empirical evidence this policy paper by Nils Redeker proposes a novel strategy to achieve this goal: strengthening the bargaining position of Labor.

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Repair and Prepare: Strengthening Europe

This project delivers ideas and analyses for a stronger European economy. It covers three areas: We outline a reform agenda for the Eurozone that addresses key economic, political, and legal aspects; we propose improvements to make the European Single Market fit for the future; and we address the prospects for and determinants of sustained growth and prosperity in a Social Europe.

Economic and Monetary Union

We set out ideas on how to make the Eurozone more stable and less prone to crisis. This includes proposals to complete the Banking Union, strengthen economic coordination among member states, and improve the Eurozone’s crisis management capacity.

The European Single Market

We identify an array of traditional and new growth factors for a modern, innovative European Single Market. We analyse how Europe can better facilitate public and private investment, innovation and mobility and suggest policy proposals for how best to equip the Single Market for the digital age. The negotiations on Brexit and the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) serve as critical inputs and will shape Single Market reform over the years ahead.

Social Europe

The legacy of the euro crisis and the challenges posed by demographic, structural and technological change put social issues at the heart of rethinking Europe’s economy. We suggest innovative solutions for addressing economic transformation processes and reducing social divisions in Europe. We also investigate how best to strengthen fair participation in the economy and how best to improve the Europe-wide employment and educational opportunities of EU citizens.

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Prof. Dr. Henrik Enderlein

Prof. Dr. Henrik Enderlein

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Dr. Katharina Gnath

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Lucas Guttenberg

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Christian Kastrop

Prof. Dr. Christian Kastrop

Director at the Bertelsmann Stiftung

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Carolin Köster

Carolin Köster

Administrative Assistant at the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin

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Nils Redeker

Nils Redeker

Policy Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin

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Pola Schneemelcher

Pola Schneemelcher

Policy Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin

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