Veranstaltungen im: February 2019

Celebrating Helmut Schmidt at 100 – Rethinking Europe

22. February 2019 / 09:00
To   celebrate   Helmut   Schmidt’s   100th   birthday,   the   international   symposium
Rethinking Europe invites the world’s leading experts on European and international affairs to discuss the most pressing questions about Europe’s future – 100 days before the European elections. Three “Schmidt-topics” are in focus: foreign and security policy, economic and fiscal policy, as well as institutional affairs of the EU.
  • What   can   be   done   to   counter   populist   and   anti-European   movements   and   keep   Europe united?
  • What role can the EU play to advance economic prosperity for its citizens?
  • And how can the EU be a relevant player in a new global (dis-)order?
Among the confirmed speakers are
  • Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia;
  • Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-chief of The Economist;
  • Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States;
  • Sylvie Goulard, Deputy governor of the Banque de France; and
  • Dmitri Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.
The complete and updated program is available at
22 February 2019, 09:00-17:00
Körber Forum, Kehrwieder 12, 20457 Hamburg
More information at 
The event is jointly organized by the Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Foundation, the Körber Foundation, the German Institute for Economic Research, and the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin.

Four takeaways from Munich

20. February 2019 / 12:49


Last week, Nicole Koenig was at the 55th Munich Security Conference. In this policy position she outlines four key takeaways:

  1. The EU appeared as the last stronghold of multilateralism – but this was above all symbolic.
  2. The transatlantic rift was consolidated, but there were some hopeful signs.
  3. Russia, China and Iran rejoiced in Western disunity and imposed their own vision of multilateralism.
  4. We have to prepare for security challenges that transcend the nation state and add to the toolbox of great power competition.

These entail a number of unanswered questions that will have to be monitored in the course of this year.

Campaign for the European Parliament election

14. February 2019 / 10:35


It is already clear that a number of different topics and conflict lines will shape the European elections. This Policy Brief looks at the emerging campaign for the European Parliament election and the political polarization that can be expected.

This Policy Brief is the result of a task force chaired by PASCAL LAMY, President emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, with CHRISTINE VERGER, Advisor at the Jacques Delors Institute acting as rapporteur, and composed of PERVENCHE BERÈS, Member of the European Parliament, JEAN-LOUIS BOURLANGES, Member of the French Parliament, THIERRY CHOPIN, Advisor at the Jacques Delors Institute, MONICA FRASSONI, Co-President of a European political party, VALENTIN KREILINGER, Policy Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin, ALAIN LAMASSOURE, Member of the European Parliament, ALESSIA MOSCA, Member of the European Parliament, and GENEVIÈVE PONS, Director of the Brussels office of the Jacques Delors Institute.

The first Policy Brief of the task force, entitled “European Parliament 2019: The Parliament and Europe to come” is available here.

Chart of the Week 5/2019

13. February 2019 / 15:51

Minimum Standards for Parliamentary Participation in the European Semester

Discussion: Disinformation and the EP elections 2019

11. February 2019 / 10:25

Do we have to fear a wave of disinformation in the context of the EP elections 2019? And from which countries or actors could they emanate? On February 19, Policy Fellow Paul-Jasper Dittrich will discuss these questions with Matthias Spielkamp (AlgorithmWatch) and Rebekah Tromble (University of Leiden) during a panel discussion at the Hertie School of Governance.
You can register here to attend the event.
Please also read our Policy Position “EP19: The Shadow of Disinformation”.

Proposal: Budgetary instrument for the euro area

8. February 2019 / 10:46


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.

EU to go spezial. Social Imbalances.

6. February 2019 / 08:30

How about a café, a croissant and a short input on “Social Imbalances in the EU“ before you start your working day? This EU to go spezial is organised by the Jacques Delors Institute Berlin and the Bertelsmann Stiftung in the context of our research project “Repair and Prepare: Strengthening Europe”. On 6 February 2019 Sylvia Schmidt (Bertelsmann Stiftung) and Philipp Ständer (Jacques Delors Institute Berlin) will present their new paper on Social Europe. A bientôt at EU to go!

Social imbalances: How are you doing, Europe?

6. February 2019 / 06:51


Europe’s economy is growing, unemployment is falling but Europeans still state social issues as most important challenge for the EU. In their report on social imbalances Philipp Ständer and Sylvia Schmidt ask: “How are you doing, Europe?”. The study looks at six social challenges of EU-wide relevance and provides a multi-faceted insight on the day-to-day reality of living and working conditions in the EU.

This paper is part of “Repair and Prepare: Strengthening Europe”, a research project between the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin. To find out more about our work, please visit our website