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Entrepreneurship as leverage for legal migration

October 14, 2015

Blogpost Kebba-Omar B. JagneThe challenges for entrepreneurship in the migrant source countries are even more discouraging than in the developed countries, given the lengthy bureaucratic processes and the high startup costs usually involved, says Kebba-Omar Jagne, GES Young Fellows 2015. Also many working age youth are simply not prepared to succeed as entrepreneurs due to a several reasons including poor grade school education and lack of basic skills. Although conflict countries might not be able to provide such options, refugees and migrants might consider the funds intended for continuing on a crossing where life is not certain, for investment into something that improves their skills.

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We are Humans, no Beasts

October 13, 2015

Blogpost Mustafa Cerić

The paradox of our time is obvious: food production is more than ever before, but hunger in the world is more than ever before as well; peace proclamations are more than ever before, but wars in the world are more than ever before as well, says Mustafa Cerić, Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia and speaker in the session tonight (Oct. 13): Religious Values and our Economic Behavior.

Yes, indeed, we desperately need help because we are becoming helpless and hopeless, he tells.

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GES Blog: How to solve Europes Problems - A Question of Identity

October 12, 2015

Blogpost Dennis J. Snower — Identity“The time has come to decide the future of the European Union”, says Dennis Snower, President of the GES and the Kiel Institute. For him, the real challenge is not just to work out the most efficient economic solution or the most persuasive political one, but to find a new narrative for the European Union, one that will give its inhabitants a new sense of identity and purpose.

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GES BLOG: Huge welfare losses by expansionary monetary policy

October 8, 2015

GES Blog: Monetary PolicyExpansionary monetary policy during financial crises is initially useful, but subsequently largely ineffective. These are the exclusive findings of researchers of the Kiel Institute. Their findings will also be discussed in the session: ‘Monetary Policy - Lessons Learned from the Crisis and the Post-Crisis Period’.

If central banks do not take this into consideration their policies may lead to huge welfare losses.

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GES Blog: Creating Community: Social Media, a Tool for Integration

October 4, 2015

Blogpost BeTogether

The current Europe-wide influx of migrants has undeniably sparked anti-foreigner sentiments across the entire continent. In Brussels, record numbers of incoming refugees are adding to the city’s already large pre-existing foreign-born population.

Now, more than ever, we need a solution to ensure the successful integration between foreigners and locals., a social networking site aiming to connect foreigners and locals in Brussels, will foster communication and interaction between various demographics, thus ensuring a happy, helpful community.

Creating Community: Social Media, a Tool for Integration


GES Blog: Desert2Eden – how the SDGs can be met

September 21, 2015

Blogpost Christian BergThere are seventeen sustainable development goals (SDGs). Pretty ambitious, and even more so because they are not only related, they sometimes compete with each other. So where to start? “Focus on the basic needs of human existence: food, water, and energy. If we secure these three factors, then we can achieve the other SDGs”, says Christian Berg, speaker at the Session: Putting the SDGs to Work

The good news: there are regions where abundant land, energy, and water lie unused: deserts.

GES Blog: Desert2Eden – how the SDGs can be met


GES Blog: Open Up, Europe! Let Migrants In

August 27, 2015

Blogpost Philippe Legrain ImmigrantsThousands of people drown trying to reach Europe — an estimated 1,250 did so in April alone. By denying desperate people the opportunity to cross borders legally, European governments are driving them to risk death, notes Philippe Legrain, Speaker in the Session:

Migrants Knocking on Europe´s Doors

What if Europe took a different approach: allow people to come and go freely?

GES Blog: Open Up, Europe! Let Migrants In


GES Blog: Values to Guide Economies

July 28, 2015

Blogpost Dennis Snower -  Values

“We need a global value system to solve the problems of our time”, says Dennis Snower, President of the GES and the Kiel Institute. That´s why “Values to Guide Economies” is the motto of the GES 2015. But Time is short, especially since Europe, the United States, Russia, and the major emerging economies are currently not on a path that will lead to greater consensus and cooperation. That makes conflicts more likely.

GES Blog: Values to Guide Economies


GES Blog: Towards Inclusive Growth

July 9, 2015

Blogpost Dennis Goerlich Taipeh Workshop Economic growth in the past decades has been accompanied by increasing inequality in income and opportunity. The GES has taken up the challenge of promoting inclusive growth during a GES workshop in Taipei.

The so called ‘Internet of Things’, social innovation and global supply chains are just three issues, that will have a major effect on inclusive growth in the future and therefore have to be dealt with in a proper way.



GES Blog: What we have learned from 30 years of “Schengen”

June 23, 2015

Blogpost Matthias_Luecke Irregular_Migration

Under present rules, EU member states on the external EU border are supposed to receive refugees and process their applications for asylum or other protection. “This is not fair because it puts a large fiscal burden on a small number of member states (especially Italy, Greece, and Hungary) where most refugees do not even want to stay”, says Matthias Luecke, organizer of the GES-Session:

Migrants Knocking on Europe’s Doors

A new, functional asylum system in Europe should be built around these features.

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GES Blog: Madness by Design

June 2, 2015

A few days ago, Germanys Vice-Chancellor and Minister for Energy, changed the long decided climate fees for coal power stations. Lili Fuhr, climate expert at the Heinrich Boell Foundation gives a harsh critique about it. She also organizes the GES-Session:

The End of the Age of King Coal

“What is astonishing is how a policy instrument that originally was intended to shut down the dirtiest lignite power stations has morphed into a proposal that aims to prevent even a single decommissioning”, she says.

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GES Blog: To Nudge or not to Nudge

May 21, 2015

GES Blogpost Simon Bartke: To Nudge or not to NudgeTrouble with procrastination, financial planning, or even finding an organ donor? Political nudging might help. While a nudge is designed to influence people´s decisions towards certain outcomes, it does not restrict their freedom of choice as would a ban or a tight form of regulation. With a nudge, the choice is still there, but by changing the default, policymakers can affect choices. The pros and cons of the concept will also be discussed at the GES 2015: Incorporating Behavioral Economics into Policy Making

Session Organizer Simon Bartke made his mind: “People can be nudged, and they should be nudged”, he says.

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GES Blog: Welcome to the GES 2015

May 9, 2015

GES Blog: Welcome to the GES 2015The summer is slowly arriving to the German Baltic Sea city of Kiel, and so is the Global Economic Symposium 2015. In only six months time, some of the world’s leading decision-makers from academics, business, politics, and civil society will be in town to jointly address the globe’s most pressing challenges, such as the fragility of the world economy, unsustainable resource use, or irregular migration. Their goal will be to find solutions. Together.

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