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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.

EU banks’ vulnerabilities

COVID-19 will hit financial institutions with a substantial time lag, but the coming storm will be fierce. The EU banking sector is entering the troubled waters of the Corona crisis with four major vulnerabilities.

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Policy Position – Geduldig am Abgrund

Die EU-Mitgliedstaaten zögern weiter, eine wirklich europäische Antwort auf die Krise zu geben. Damit verspielen sie die derzeit breite öffentliche Zustimmung für europäischer Solidarität.

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Die wirtschaftlichen Lasten der Krise teilen

Die EU-Mitgliedsstaaten müssen die Last der wirtschaftlichen Lasten der COVID-19-Pandemie teilen. Das Pandemie-Solidaritätsinstrument ermöglicht eine solche Lastenteilung: Die EU würde 440 Milliarden Euro auf dem Markt aufnehmen und sie als Zuschüsse für spezifische Ausgaben in Bereichen wie Gesundheitsversorgung, Kurzarbeitsprogramme oder Konjunkturpakete an die Mitgliedsstaaten verteilen; auch würde die Europäische Investitionsbank von der EU Garantien erhalten, damit sie europäischen Unternehmen Liquidität zur Verfügung stellen kann.

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Flattening the Recession Curve

While the ongoing pandemic affects all European economies, we show that it is likely to cause much more economic damage in some member states than in others. Early fiscal crisis responses by EU governments do not reflect these differences. If anything, countries which are likely to be especially vulnerable are currently committing fewer fiscal resources to fighting the economic fallout than others. A joint European policy response to share the fiscal burden of this crisis is, therefore, urgently needed.

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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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Heidi Marleen Bräuer

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Christina Claus

Christina Claus

Project Assistant at the Bertelsmann Stiftung

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Prof. Dr. Henrik Enderlein

Prof. Dr. Henrik Enderlein

Director of Jacques Delors Centre, President at Hertie School

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Dr. Katharina Gnath

Senior Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung

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Lucas Guttenberg

Lucas Guttenberg

Deputy Director at the Jacques Delors Centre

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Natascha Hainbach

Junior Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung

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Linda Hewitt

Press and public relations officer at the Jacques Delors Centre

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Maarja Kask

Maarja Kask

Policy Fellow at the Jacques Delors centre

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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 Centre

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Nils Redeker

Nils Redeker

Policy Fellow at the Jacques Delors Centre

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Pola Schneemelcher

Pola Schneemelcher

Policy Fellow at the Jacques Delors Centre

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Philipp Schulz

Junior Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung

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