Facts & Findings

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Is the European Semester waking from its long slumber?

A call for increased convergence and competitiveness

The corona crisis divided the EU economically. With the new special fund the instrument of the European Semester has a crucial role to play. What must we bear in mind?

Hacking the Electorate

Thoughts on Misinformation and Personal Data Protection

Data-driven political campaigning is not a new phenomenon, but the tools, the amount of data accessible and thus the possibilities are. This is a challenging scenario for public institutions because the combination of misuse of personal data and misinformation techniques becomes a real threat to democracy. This paper gives examples of how political campaigns can act accordingly to the principles and main guidance of general data protection regulations.

Climate Performance of the G7 States and the Corona Crisis

How can we reconcile Climate Protection and the Economy?

The Corona crisis has driven the G7 countries into recession. It is clear that economic recovery must be based on sustainable criteria. The main issue here is how best to reconcile economic growth and climate protection. Our Analyses & Arguments therefore suggests that the climate performance of the G7 countries should increasingly be assessed on the basis of CO2 productivity, taking industrial production and power generation as key influencing variables.

Sustainability in Global Supply Chains

Discussion about a legal obligation for compliance with human rights and environmental standards

How can a global supply chain be set up in a more sustainable way? Who is at what point responsible? To what extent can enterprises be held accountable? Many questions are coming up when we discuss about the sustainability of a global supply chain. From a christian-democratic point of view a legal obligation for compliance with human rights and environmental standards is quite favorable. But the economy’s point of view is also has important arguments that need to be considered.


The impact of COVID-19 on cyber crime and state-sponsored cyber activities

Increased internet use and working from home heighten digital security risks

Digital services are becoming particularly important in the Corona crisis - after all apps and digital services are indispensable for working from home. However, cyber security is often disregarded. Especially private networks are less well protected than networks at work. How can cyber threats be dealt with in Corona times? Our Facts & Findings takes a closer look at the digital security aspect of the Corona pandemic.

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Climate Change, Digitisation and Globalisation – does the Social Market Economy need Renewal?

Origins and current challenges

The Social Market Economy has proven to be a stable and successful economic and social order. Yet climate change, digitisation and globalisation pose current challenges. Does the Social Market Economy need renewal? Our Facts & Findings looks at its origins and seeks to answer this question.

Phone tracking against COVID-19

Using digital technology against an analogue virus

The countries of Asia diligently use mobile phone data and thus identify routes of infection. We too? Yes, but only in accordance with fundamental rights. How do you rate the German way?

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Coronavirus infects the global economy

The economic impact of an unforeseeable pandemic

Germany and Europe are facing unforeseeable social and economic challenges due to coronavirus. How can we go on? This paper analyzes options and gives recommendations.

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What is the Muslim Brotherhood in the West?

Towards a commonly accepted framework

Authorities throughout Europe are increasingly concerned about activities of the Muslim Brotherhood. But what is the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe and how can it be analyzed?

Nip it in the bud!

The EU Commission Strengthens the Rule of Law

The Rule of Law is one of the fundamental values of our shared European set of values. The EU Commission has long been committed to strengthening the Rule of Law within the Union. In its Communication of 17 July 2019, the EU Commission presents its blueprint for action to further develop the existing and new mechanisms. It is evident that the Commission´s aim is to take action much earlier than it has hitherto been the case. The following paper presents the individual suggestions, places them in an overall context and takes a critical look at them. The mills of Brussels grind slowly. What will become reality depends on the political struggle in the coming months and probably years. It is to be expected that the process id strengthening the Rule of Law within the EU will be continued under the designated EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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