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Repair and Prepare: Strengthening Europe

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

Digitalsteuer in der EU – wo stehen wir?

Nachdem die Einführung einer Digitalsteuer auf europäischer Ebene gescheitert ist, haben einige Mitgliedstaaten nun eigene Maßnahmen angekündigt. In diesem Policy Brief gibt Pola Schneemelcher einen Überblick über die aktuellen Entwicklungen.

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A missed opportunity – Five reasons why ESM reform will fail to deliver

In this policy brief, Lucas Guttenberg looks at the planned reform of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). He argues that while the reform is necessary to finally bring home the backstop for banking union, it clearly falls short of its initial ambition to also substantially improve the Eurozone’s crisis management framework.

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Users, Data, Networks

Fair taxation of digital businesses will be a key issue in the forthcoming European election campaign. The debate will most likely revolve around the introduction of a new “digital tax” on companies’ turnover, as proposed by the European Commission, for example. In the short term this may be a workable solution, but it does not solve the real underlying problem: the current rules on corporate taxation in the EU are not fit for purpose when it comes to dealing with digital value creation. That is what we want to change with our proposal.

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Finding Common Ground

By June, the Eurogroup has to come up with a concrete design for budgetary instrument for the euro area - but so far it is absolutely unclear what it should look like. Our policy paper fills this void and makes a concrete and pragmatic proposal that would make the Eurozone function better: The instrument would be geared towards improving business cycle convergence and producitivity. The instrument's expenditure would go to supporting investment and reforms and to temporarily help countries co-finance EU projects. It would be funded by cyclically-sensitive contributions by Member States akin to a synthetic European corporate tax.

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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.

Paul-Jasper Dittrich

Policy Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin

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Prof. Dr. Henrik Enderlein

Prof. Dr. Henrik Enderlein

Director of Jacques Delors Institute Berlin, Vice President at Hertie School of Governance

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Sabine Feige

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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 Institute Berlin

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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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Heidi Marleen Kuhlmann

Head of Communications at the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin

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Dr. Dominic Ponattu

Dr. Dominic Ponattu

Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung

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Sylvia Schmidt

Sylvia Schmidt

Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung

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Pola Schneemelcher

Pola Schneemelcher

Policy Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin

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