1. Research

(How) will the EU become an AI superstar?

18. März 2020
The competition for global AI leadership is speeding up. But it already seems to be a two-horse race between the US and China. Europe faces an imminent risk of falling far behind if the EU and its members do not react rapidly and boldly. This could have broad implications for Europe's competitiveness, future wealth and political stability. The Commission's recently published White Paper on AI and its communication on a European strategy for data are crucial steps to formalise the debate on addressing the AI challenge in Europe. While the EU's strategy goes in the right direction, several points need to be clarified, in particular regarding the investment gap towards the US and China, finding the right balance between regulation and competitiveness of the EU's AI industry, and data access for AI research. [mehr]

Weitere Dokumente von Kevin Körner

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1. Dezember 2017
The fluid political situation in Germany threatens to stall EU policymaking in a number of fields, above all the build-out of the euro area. The EU summit on Dec 14/15 is unlikely to yield an agreement on a potential roadmap for reforming the monetary union making it even more difficult to take final decisions in June 2018 as envisaged by the EU Commission. This will in return dampen optimism that a French-German tandem will provide a fresh impetus to the EU as a whole before the European Parliament elections in 2019. [mehr]
15. November 2017
The euro’s second place among the world’s most important reserve currencies has remained so far undisputed. The single currency’s share of allocated foreign exchange reserves stabilised at 19.9% in Q2, according to IMF data. The US dollar easily defended its position as the dominant currency in the international monetary system. But both the euro and the dollar gradually gave some way to other reserve currencies. Regardless of whether this observation reflects structural developments or rather (temporary) shifts in reserve allocation - it certainly fuels the discussion about the 21st century’s leading reserve currency (or currencies). [mehr]
4. September 2017
Optimism about Europe’s future surged after the French elections, while the EU is increasingly losing patience with British “divorce tactics”. Franco-German initiatives will be key to set the path for European reforms but the debate is expected to only gain speed after the formation of a new German government towards the end of the year. Meanwhile, the refugee challenge and EU external relations will remain on top of Europe’s political agenda. [mehr]
8. August 2017
Defence policy and defence expenditures have moved into the light of public attention ahead of September parliamentary elections, fuelled by US criticism of Europe’s NATO spending, the experience of the refugee crisis but also regained momentum for European integration. While NATO membership and EU defence integration is supported by the German public, a majority rejects an increase in the military budget. To reach NATO’s 2% of GDP target by 2024, defence expenditures would have to more than double within seven years. Mainstream parties agree that a more holistic security framework is required but they are divided on the details, in particular when it comes to the question on how much to spend for it. [mehr]
3. August 2017
The benign economic and public environment allows to fundamentally address shortcomings of the E(M)U. The next German government’s term is faced with numerous challenges ranging from Brexit and its impact on the next EU Budget to migration and the upgrade of the euro area. A revitalised relation with France provides the opportunity for substantive steps to further stabilise the euro area albeit Germany and France need to find common ground on many issues and seek the support of EU partners. European politics is still less of a topic for the German electorate not least as mainstream parties are all various shades of pro-European. However, the next government’s party composition is likely to matter for both speed and scope of changes on European level. [mehr]
9. Juni 2017
The reflection paper contains two stages for the evolution of EMU. The first stage is about completing processes that remain open, for example, the Banking Union (BU) and the Capital Markets Union (CMU). Even here the decisions are not without political controversy, such as deposit
insurance and a fiscal back stop for the Single Resolution Fund. [mehr]
24. April 2014
Am 1. Mai 2004 traten acht mittel- und osteuropäische Staaten der Europäischen Union bei, gefolgt von Bulgarien und Rumänien im Januar 2007. Die ausgeprägte wirtschaftliche und finanzielle Integration dieser Volkswirtschaften in die EU bildete dabei den Eckpfeiler ihres erfolgreichen wirtschaftlichen Aufholprozesses, der bereits viel früher begann als der eigentliche EU-Beitritt. Zehn Jahre und einen „Boom-and-Bust“-Zyklus wie aus dem Lehrbuch später haben die CEE-10 nicht nur die Vorteile, sondern auch die Schattenseiten ihrer ausgeprägten Handels- und Finanzintegration kennengelernt. Dennoch erwarten wir, dass die hohe und weiterhin steigende Handelsoffenheit sowie die starke Integration in die europäischen Wertschöpfungsketten auch in Zukunft das industriebasierte Wachstumsmodell der CEE-10 unterstützen werden. [mehr]
18. Februar 2014
Substantielle Veränderungen im globalen Wirtschaftsgefüge über die letzten Jahrzehnte, insbesondere der Aufstieg Chinas und Indiens, haben den wirtschaftlichen Fokus der Golfstaaten zunehmend in Richtung des asiatischen Kontinents verschoben. Dieser Trend wird zusätzlich durch massive Veränderungen der globalen Energiemärkte – die „Shale-Gas-Revolution” in den USA - verstärkt. Asien ist mittlerweile der wichtigste Handelspartner der Golfstaaten, sowohl im Bezug auf Öl- und Gasexporte als auch für Importe von Maschinen, Industriegütern und Lebensmitteln. Die wachsenden Handelsbeziehungen gehen einher mit einer vertieften bilateralen Investitionstätigkeit. Diese Verschiebungen versprechen den Golfstaaten besseren Zugang zu den stark wachsenden asiatischen Märkten, nicht nur im Energiebereich, sondern auch in Sektoren wie Telekommunikation und „Islamic Finance“. Dies sollte den Golfstaaten auch in ihren Bestrebungen helfen, ihre Wirtschaften zu diversifizieren. Arbeitskräfte aus Asien leisten einen maßgeblichen Beitrag zu wirtschaftlichem Wohlstand und Fortschritt in den Golfmonarchien. Allerdings stellen die sozio-ökonomischen Implikationen einer rapiden Zuwanderung die Region auch zunehmend vor Herausforderungen (auf Englisch verfügbar) [mehr]
25. Januar 2013
In this study, we analyse some of the political and economic consequences of the Arab Spring and assess opportunities and challenges for the affected countries. Political instability has taken a toll on the region’s economies. There has been a sharp slowdown in economic activity, deteriorating external and fiscal accounts and decreasing FX reserves. The long-term challenges for the region remain as pressing as ever: high unemployment (especially among the youth), inefficient subsidy regimes and low trade diversification, among others. Expectations for rapid improvement after the Arab Spring will be disappointed, but there is a chance that less oppressive governments will be more responsive to their peoples’ demands and thus at least attempt to tackle those problems. [mehr]