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Tailoring policies to country contexts key to global value chain development

Global value chains can be the world’s engine for development if they are shaped to be inclusive and sustainable, concluded participants of a conference organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Kiel Center for Globalization of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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Kiel Digital Week

GES to Stage Conferences at Kiel Digital Week

The Global Economic Symposium (GES) will be staging three conferences on September 18 and 19 in conjunction with regional, national, and international partners as part of Kiel Digital Week. The conferences address related topics and bring together academic experts, business practitioners, and policy makers, who will present and discuss findings and policy proposals for a globalized and digitized world.

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VAT Fraud

Getting real taxes out of virtual services – VAT fraud going online

Numerous parts of the digital world are different from the way things are being used and handled in reality. One of those issues is taxation, which turns out to be rather tricky when it comes to products and services imported from another country, in particular, China. We talked to Prof. Rolf J. Langhammer about what the EU would have to do to solve the problem of VAT fraud.

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Videos of the T20 Summit

In more than 60 short videos, researchers of the G20 taskforces present their recommendations for the G20 to solve global problems like climate change or global inequality. Furthermore: watch the speeches on the T20 Summit Global Solutions.

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G20 needs inclusive societies and sustainable growth

International think tanks in the Think20 group (T20) today called upon the twenty largest industrialized and emerging countries (G20) to foster inclusive societies and sustainable growth. The appeal came from the T20 chairmen Dennis J. Snower, President of the Kiel Institute for World Economy Kiel (IfW), and Dirk Messner, Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn, at the end of a two-day conference in Berlin, attended by more than 800 international experts from academia, busines, civil society, and government.

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2017 MEDAM Assessment Report launched

How can the responsibility for refugees be distributed more fairly – globally and within the EU? And how can we curb irregular migration while expanding legal immigration to the benefit of all concerned? These and other questions are addressed in the first annual MEDAM assessment report, which was launched at the 'Think20 Summit- GLOBAL SOLUTIONS' in Berlin.

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T20 present proposals for G20 to German government

International think tanks in the Think 20 group (T20) today presented twenty policy proposals for the twenty largest industrialized and emerging countries (G20) to German Chancellery Minister Peter Altmaier. Unveiled at the T20’s Global Solutions Summit in Berlin, the document “20 Solution Proposals for the G20” contains recommendations about dealing with global challenges like climate change, inequality, and digitalization.

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Global Solutions Initiative for Advising G20 Launched

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) will continue its policy consulting for the G20 beyond 2017. It has initiated the launch of the "Global Solutions Initiative" to network international research institutes and think tanks to offer advice to the 20 largest industrialized and emerging countries (G20). The heart of the initiative is the Council of Global Problem Solving (CGP), a group of leading institutes dealing with G20 issues.

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Trump vs. NATO

Trump vs. NATO – Watch out for China!

How important is NATO to the U.S. dollar? While President Trump asks for more contributions from the NATO member states, a retreat from the lead of the alliance could affect the dollar as the global leading currency. Prof. Rolf J. Langhammer explains in his interview on the GESblog what is at stake if NATO’s financial system is restructured, especially with regard to China.

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Windturbinen und grüne EnergieG20 Should Strengthen Climate Protection

The G20 should strengthen its commitment for climate protection and take the lead in implementing the Paris Agreement. This is requested by members of the G20 engagement groups Business 20, Civil 20 and Think 20 in a joint statement. The six signatories include the co-chairs of the T20 Task Force “Climate Policy and Finance”, Céline Bak, Amar Bhattacharya and Ottmar Edenhofer, and the CEO of BASF, Kurt Bock.

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Protection against ProtectionistsProtection against protectionists: How FDI positions may mitigate transatlantic trade conflicts

Stefan Kooths, Head of the Forecasting Center at the IfW Kiel Institute for the World Economy, breaks down the potential transatlantic trade conflict in his GES-Blog article, saying that foreign direct investments may play a large role in keeping this conflict from becoming a trade war.

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Blogpost-National vs. Corporate Interests – USA and China  at the crossroadsNational vs. Corporate Interests – USA and China at the crossroads

Is it a good idea to protect the national market against foreign influence? One question, two possible answers if you take a look at the different approaches the new Trump administration and China's government's take, says Rolf J. Langhammer in his latest GES-Blog interview about the differences between China's and the U.S.A.'s strategies.

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G20 GermanyG20-Groups Plead for Open Societies

The alliance of G20 Engagement Groups published a statement ahead of the meeting of the G20 Foreign Ministers in Germany to support open societies and international cooperation. They called upon the G20 to work towards an open international trading system promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development. The Kiel Institute for the World Economy, currently Co-Chair of the Think20 Group, is among the signatories.

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G20 TorontoKiel Institute and DIE Support G20

The Federal Government has jointly entrusted the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn, with the support of Germany's G20 presidency next year. The two institutes are tasked with chairing and organising the so-called T20 process.

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G20 Hangzhou Summit

G20: 20 Major Powers Are 15 Too Many

The G20 is unable to solve the world's problems. Instead of a few Western heads of government and a handful of advisors, sessions now bring together democrats and autocrats, kings and communists as well as thousands of experts. Time for a new approach: five major powers should take charge of the planet's fate—including a strong Europe, writes the German columnist Henrik Müller on the GES Blog.

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