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A new financial policy for democracy, dignity, and widespread prosperity

Dezernat Zukunft is a non-partisan policy institute that aims to explain and re-think monetary, fiscal, and economic policy in an accessible and coherent way.

Our articles and proposals are aimed at political decision-makers, at academics and the media, and the next generation of thinkers and citizens. With our work we aim to broaden public debates and support an inclusive process of political will formation.

The core values guiding all our work are democracy, dignity, and widespread prosperity.

OUR VALUES

Our work is underpinned by three convictions;

  • Human flourishing, rather than the maximisation of profits, capital or growth, constitutes the centre and guiding principle of a good society.
  • All human and economic activity must conform with the planetary boundaries
  • Technocratic institutions and markets are not ends in themselves, but social technologies to be used in pursuit of democratically chosen ends. Democracy is the highest organising principle of a good society.
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Our Team

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Philippa Sigl-Glöckner

Managing Director
Fiscal Policy

  • Formerly German Ministry of Finance, Advisor to the Liberian Finance Minister, World Bank and German Central Bank
  • M.Sc. Computing, Imperial College London; B.A. Philosophy, Politics, Economics, University of Oxford
  • Forbes 30 under 30, Atlantikbrücke Young Leaders, Handelsblatt Vordenker; Capital 40 under 40
  • Email: office[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Dr. Maximilian Krahé

Research Director
Economic Sovereignty, Monetary Policy

  • Formerly Postdoc at the Institute for Socio–Economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen & Fellow at The New Institute in Hamburg
  • Formerly holder of the Chaire SFPI at the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Brussels and Senior Economist at Vivid Economics, London
  • Ph.D. in Political Theory and Political Economy, Yale University; M.Sc. Political Theory, LSE; B.A. Philosophy, Politics, Economics, University of Oxford
  • Email: max.krahe[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Janek Steitz

Director
Climate and Industrial Policy

  • Formerly project manager in the field of economic implications of the energy transition at the think tank Agora Energiewende, Berlin; consultant at Active Philanthropy and at Ernst & Young in the area of Valuation, Business Modeling & Economics
  • B.Sc. Economics, University of Münster; M.Sc. Management (focus on finance), Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • Email: janek.steitz[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Pola Schneemelcher

Head of EMPN
EMPN

  • Formerly Policy Fellow for European economic policy at the Jacques Delors Centre and Policy Expert at the German Federal Parliament
  • M.A. Public Policy, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin; B.A. Public Administration, University Münster; B.Sc. European Studies, Universität Twente (NL)
  • Member of the TaxCOOP 35 under 35 Leaders of the Future in Taxation and
    co-organiser of the German French Young Leaders Conference
  • Email: pola.schneemelcher[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Kristina Steinle Dueñas

Head of Operations
Operations

  • Formerly Senior Programme Manager at Children for a Better World e.V and Policy Expert at the German Federal Parliament
  • M.A. Economics, Law and Social Sciences, University of Erfurt; B.A. Political Science and Public Law, University Regensburg; semester abroad at the University of Helsinki (FIN)
  • Email: kristina.steinleduenas[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Dr. Maximilian Paleschke

Board Member
  • Currently working as a Consultant
  • Formerly Postdoctoral researcher in Taipei, Taiwan, at the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica and National Taiwan University, research on Advanced Materials and Surface Science
  • Ph.D. in Physics at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, project within the SFB/TRR 227 Ultrafast Spindynamics of FU Berlin and MLU Halle
  • Email: maximilian.paleschke[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Nicolas Gassen

Events Manager
Operations

  • B.Sc. Business Administration, Humboldt University Berlin; semester abroad at the University of Exeter (UK)
  • Formerly Intern at PD - Berater der öffentlichen Hand GmbH and at RITTERWALD Unternehmensberatung GmbH
  • Email: nicolas.gassen[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Leonie Heuer

Assistance to the managing director
Operations

  • Student of Law, Humboldt University Berlin
  • M.Sc. Public Economics, FU Berlin; B.Sc. Politics & Economics, University of Potsdam; semester abroad at Université de Lausanne
  • Email: leonie.heuer[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Gerrit Schröter

Operations Manager
Operations

  • M.Sc. Public Economics, FU Berlin; B.Sc. Economics, FU Berlin; semester abroad at the University of Vienna and the University of Bergen
  • Former board member of Network Plural Economics association
  • Email: gerrit.schroeter[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Florian Schuster

Economist
Fiscal Policy

  • Ph.D. Student Economics at the University of Cologne; B.A. Mathematics and Social Sciences, University of Siegen; M.Sc. Economics, University of Köln and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Formerly IMF, German Economic Institute (IW) and German Central Bank
  • Email: florian.schuster[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Nils Gerresheim

Economist
Economic Sovereignty

  • Research Assistant in Economics at the University of Oxford
  • M.Phil. in Economics at the University of Oxford; B.A. in Economics with minor subject Banking & Finance at the University Zürich; semester abroad at the National University of Singapore
  • Formerly intern in Financial Services at PwC and Consultant at Roland Berger
  • Email: nils.gerresheim[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Vera Huwe

Economist
Climate and Industrial Policy

  • Ph.D. Student at the doctoral college “The Political Economy of Inequality” at the University Duisburg-Essen, before ZEW-Leibniz Institute for European economic research
  • B.Sc. Economics, University of Mannheim; M.Sc. Economics, University of Bonn
  • Email: vera.huwe[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Theresia Stahl

Economist
Climate and Industrial Policy

  • Doctoral student at the Institute for Economics and Econometrics of the University Regensburg
  • B.A. in Governance and Public Policy, University Passau; M.Sc. in Economics, University Regensburg
  • Email: theresia.stahl[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Levi Henze

Economist
Climate and Industrial Policy

  • M.A. International Economics (Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin), B.A. Philosophy and Economics (Universität Bayreuth)
  • Formerly research assistant in the Berlin House of Representatives (asset and budget policy)
  • Email: levi.henze[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Axel Kölschbach Ortego

Economist
Climate and Industrial Policy

  • Fellow at International Max Planck Research School on Moduli Spaces in Bonn
  • MASt. in Pure Mathematics, Selwyn College, Cambridge
  • B.Sc. in Mathematics, University Bonn
  • Email: axel.koelschbach[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Felix Heilmann

Policy Analyst
Climate and Industrial Policy

  • Formerly Climate Politics Researcher at the Think Tank E3G, Berlin; and Member of the Germany team at the Think Tank Agora Energiewende, Berlin
  • B.A. Philosophy, Politics, Economics, University of Oxford
  • Email: felix.heilmann[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Leonard Mühlenweg

Junior Economist
Fiscal Policy

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Sara Schulte

Assistant EMPN
EMPN

  • M.A. Student International Economics, HWR Berlin and Economic Analysis and Policy, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Sorbonne Université, Université Paris Cité
  • B.A. Economics and Social Science, University Lüneburg
  • Email: sara.schulte[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Kevin Einenkel

Operations Support
Operations

  • Bachelor student in Political Science at FU Berlin
  • First law degree, law studies at FU Berlin (focus on internationalisation of the legal system)
  • Email: kevin.einenkel[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Nils Kleimeier

Intern
  • M.A. Student International Relations and Global Political Economy, TU Dresden; semester abroad: International Trade and Economics, Beihang University
    B.A. Political Science and Sinology, University of Freiburg
  • Email: nils.kleimeir[at]dezernatzukunft.org

Fellows

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Dr. Sabrina Schulz

Senior Policy Fellow
  • Former Co-CEO of a ClimateTech start-up holding; Head of the Berlin office of the KfW; founding director of the think tank E3G in Berlin; climate diplomat at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Agora Energiewende; Policy Fellow at Das Progressive Zentrum
  • Ph.D. and M.Sc.Econ in International Politics, University of Wales at Aberystwyth; MA in Public Policy and Management Potsdam and Konstanz
  • Email: sabrina.schulz.ext[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Florian Kern

Policy Fellow
  • Formerly consultant for the Parliamentary Select Committee investigating Wirecard, Analyst at the German Central Bank in New York, Common Eurosystem Pricing Hub
  • B.Sc. in Central Banking from the German Central Bank of Applied Sciences; M.Sc. Financial Economics at Maastricht University (NL)
  • Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program, US State Department International Visitor Leadership Program
  • Email: florian.kern[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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Philipp Orphal

Policy Fellow
  • Trainee lawyer at Berlin Court of Justice (Kammergericht) and Ph.D. Student at the Institute for Finance and Tax Law at the University of Heidelberg in the fields of fiscal law (budget law), constitutional law and European law
  • Former research assistant at Clifford Chance (Frankfurt) in tax law and at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Berlin) in Public Affairs
    • First law degree, law studies at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz and the University of Heidelberg (focus on tax law)
    • Email: philipp.orphal[at]dezernatzukunft.org
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    Viola Hilbert

    Policy Fellow
    • Ph.D. Student at the socio-economic panel (SOEP) of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin
    • Former management and strategy consultant in the public sector
    • M.Sc. Public Policy, Georgetown University (USA)

    Our Team

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    Leonie Heuer

    Assistance to the managing director

    Gerrit Schröter

    Operations Manager

    Dr. Maximilian Paleschke

    Board Member
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    Levi Henze

    Economist
    Climate and Industrial Policy

    Theresia Stahl

    Economist
    Climate and Industrial Policy

    Axel Kölschbach

    Economist
    Climate and Industrial Policy

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    Joke Steinwart

    Working Student
    Climate and Industrial Policy

    Kevin Einenkel

    Operations Support

    Policy Fellows

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    Dr. Sabrina Schulz

    Senior Policy Fellow

    Florian Kern

    Policy Fellow

    Philipp Orphal

    Policy Fellow

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    Prof. Eric Monnet

    Policy Fellow

    Prof. Daniela Gabor

    Policy Fellow

    Prof. Angnieszka Smoleńska

    Policy Fellow

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    Dr. Philipp Heimberger

    Policy Fellow

    Dr. Clara Leonard

    Policy Fellow

    Shahin Vallée

    Policy Fellow

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    Prof. Jens van 't Klooster

    Policy Fellow

    Dr. Benjamin Braun

    Policy Fellow

    Prof. Nik de Boer

    Policy Fellow

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    Dr. Mathilde Viennot

    Policy Fellow

    Sander Tordoir

    Policy Fellow

    Vilola Hilbert

    Policy Fellow

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    Viola Hilbert

    Policy Fellow

    Our Team

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    Janek Steitz

    Director
    Climate and Industrial Policy

    Kristina Steinle Dueñas

    Head of Operations
    (currently on parental leave)

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    Ludovic Suttor-Sorel

    Head of the EMPN
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    Leonie Heuer

    Assistance to the managing director

    Gerrit Schröter

    Operations Manager

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    Dr. Maximilian Paleschke

    Board Member

    Nicolas Gassen

    Events Manager

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    Nils Gerresheim

    Economist
    Economic Sovereignty

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    Levi Henze

    Economist
    Climate and Industrial Policy

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    Theresia Stahl

    Economist
    Climate and Industrial Policy

    Axel Kölschbach

    Economist
    Climate and Industrial Policy

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    Joke Steinwart

    Working Student
    Climate and Industrial Policy

    Kevin Einenkel

    Operations Support

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    Sara Schulte

    Assistant EMPN
    European Macro Policy Network

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    Nils Kleimeier

    Praktikant
    • M.A. Student Internationale Beziehungen und Globale Politische Ökonomie, TU Dresden; Auslandssemester: International Trade and Economics, Beihang University
    • B.A. Politikwissenschaften und Sinologie, Universität Freiburg
    • Email: nils.kleimeier[at]dezernatzukunft.org

    Policy Fellows

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    Dr. Sabrina Schulz

    Senior Policy Fellow

    Florian Kern

    Policy Fellow

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    Philipp Orphal

    Policy Fellow

    Prof. Eric Monnet

    Policy Fellow

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    Prof. Daniela Gabor

    Policy Fellow

    Prof. Angnieszka Smoleńska

    Policy Fellow

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    Dr. Philipp Heimberger

    Policy Fellow

    Dr. Clara Leonard

    Policy Fellow

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    Shahin Vallée

    Policy Fellow

    Prof. Jens van 't Klooster

    Policy Fellow

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    Dr. Benjamin Braun

    Policy Fellow

    Prof. Nik de Boer

    Policy Fellow

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    Dr. Mathilde Viennot

    Policy Fellow

    Sander Tordoir

    Policy Fellow

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    Viola Hilbert

    Policy Fellow

    Our Team

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    Janek Steitz

    Director
    Climate and Industrial Policy

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    Kristina Steinle Dueñas

    Head of Operations
    (currently on parental leave)

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    Ludovic Suttor-Sorel

    Head of the EMPN

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    Leonie Heuer

    Assistance to the managing director

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    Gerrit Schröter

    Operations Manager

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    Dr. Maximilian Paleschke

    Board Member
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    Nicolas Gassen

    Events Manager

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    Nils Gerresheim

    Economist
    Economic Sovereignty

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    Levi Henze

    Economist
    Climate and Industrial Policyk

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    Theresia Stahl

    Economist
    Climate and Industrial Policy

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    Axel Kölschbach

    Economist
    Climate and Industrial Policy

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    Joke Steinwart

    Working Student
    Climate and Industrial Policy

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    Kevin Einenkel

    Operations Support

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    Nils Kleimeier

    Praktikant
    • M.A. Student Internationale Beziehungen und Globale Politische Ökonomie, TU Dresden; Auslandssemester: International Trade and Economics, Beihang University
    • B.A. Politikwissenschaften und Sinologie, Universität Freiburg
    • Email: nils.kleimeier[at]dezernatzukunft.org

    Policy Fellows

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    Dr. Sabrina Schulz

    Senior Policy Fellow

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    Florian Kern

    Policy Fellow

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    Philipp Orphal

    Policy Fellow

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    Prof. Eric Monnet

    Policy Fellow

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    Prof. Daniela Gabor

    Policy Fellow

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    Prof. Angnieszka Smoleńska

    Policy Fellow

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    Dr. Philipp Heimberger

    Policy Fellow

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    Dr. Clara Leonard

    Policy Fellow

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    Shahin Vallée

    Policy Fellow

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    Prof. Jens van 't Klooster

    Policy Fellow

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    Jens van 't Klooster

    Policy Fellow

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    Dr. Benjamin Braun

    Policy Fellow

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    Prof. Nik de Boer

    Policy Fellow

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    Sander Tordoir

    Policy Fellow

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    Dr. Mathilde Viennot

    Policy Fellow

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    Viola Hilbert

    Policy Fellow

    We are hiring


    Internships

    Are you still a student and interested in getting to know our work and contributing actively? Perhaps you have a topic that you would particularly like to explore in depth as part of your work with us, or would like to help develop one of our formats or set up a new one? Please send us your CV, a short cover letter, a text written by you and and the period in which you would prefer to do the internship to info@dezernatzukunft.org.

    Next vacancy to be filled from autumn 2024. Work location is our Berlin office. The internship is paid.


    Speculative application

    We may not be John Maynard Keynes, but we take the values of dignity, prosperity and democracy seriously. Our current economic system does not. Help us change that.

    We're looking for people who are willing to think big, dig deep, and polish economic and fiscal policy proposals until they both stand up to the scrutiny of other experts and bring about meaningful change. We see our role as providing you with the best possible support in this process.

    We offer you an environment in which you and your ideas can develop into the best version of itself. And a platform that can carry these ideas into public debate, whether through German and English daily and weekly newspapers, publications in journals for experts and public administration, podcasts, interviews, or - quite classically - on television.

    Currently we have no vacancies, but we are looking forward to your initiative. If you are planning a specific project that you would like to realise with us, please send us a CV and a covering letter that, in addition to a short (!) project description (max. 2 pages), answers the following questions: (1) Why is the project important? (2) Why are you the right person to successfully implement this project?, (3) Why do you want to realise this project with us? Send applications to info[at]dezernatzukunft.org

    Transparency

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    Transparency is important to us. That is why we have joined the Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (Transparent Civil Society). We are committed to providing the following ten pieces of information to the public and keeping them up to date.

    Partners

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