Facts & Findings

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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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How to Proceed with Nord Stream 2?

Germany's Foreign Policy Options

When it comes to Nord Stream 2, opinions tend to differ sharply. What constitutes a primarily economic project for some is a highly political issue for others. Irrespective of the pipeline commissioning in 2020, many issues remain open and harbour serious political risks.

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Deceptive calm?

Centrifugal forces in the Eurozone remain high

The European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) has experienced an eventful history since the introduction of the Euro as currency twenty years ago. The past decade in particular was shaped by crisis. The interplay of external shocks and design flaws in the Eurozone showcased that a future-proof Euro calls for two lines of actions: firstly competitive European economies with sound public finances and the ability to address global challenges politically; secondly an institutional framework that allows for sufficient coordination of national economic and fiscal policies, enforces the liability principle, and provides emergency tools for economic crises. This paper seeks to provide arguments and generate momentum for EMU’s further development.

Comparing Carbon Pricing Models

How can Germany Achieve its Climate Targets Sustainably?

Carbon pricing in sectors not covered by the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) are supposed to contribute to achieving Germany’s climate targets.

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