|The Erosion of Trans-Atlantic Trust
In the Washington, DC-based Bertelsmann Foundation's B|Brief, Executive Director Annette Heuser writes that the revelation of alleged NSA spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone is a serious breach of trust between allies that could herald a profound ...
|Ghana - Economic success meets social progress
Even if poverty, infant mortality and environmental degradation sometimes make things difficult, many people in Ghana are getting involved to ensure a brighter future for their country. On the occasion of the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2013 award ceremony on November 7, the ...
|Finland - Modest pioneers willing to forge ahead
Finland passed its first law to protect its natural resources in 1923 and established its Environmental Ministry in 1983. Soon it might have its own Social Contract for Sustainability. On the occasion of the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2013 award ceremony on November 7, the ...
|New paths to the stabilization of the Eurozone
On October 11th, 2013, the Brussels Office of the Bertelsmann Stiftung in collaboration with the European Commission held an international expert conference on the subject of "Automatic stabilizers for the Eurozone: pros and cons of a European Unemployment Benefit ...
|Costa Rica - A unique path to sustainability
On the occasion of the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2013 award ceremony on November 7, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has identified five countries that show how individual societies can effectively shape change on a domestic level with sustainable policies. On the second leg of our ...
|New app explains global economic developments
Who will benefit from the proposed transatlantic free trade agreement? Why are the up-and-coming "Pacific Pumas" – Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile – doing so well economically? And will they be able to maintain their momentum? Anyone looking for fast, direct answers ...
|In the Land of the Thunder Dragon
The world faces major challenges: global economic and financial crises, demographic imbalances, climate change, and natural resources that are growing ever scarcer. There must be a shift to policymaking that is more sustainable if societies all around the globe are to ...
|Two women and one man are the new voices of 2013
The 27 year old Australian soprano Nicole Car, the 25 year old American soprano Nadine Sierra, and the 24 year old South Korean tenor Myong-Hyun Lee have won first prize in the 15th Bertelsmann Stiftung's NEUE STIMMEN vocal competition.
|Nine singers entered the NEUE STIMMEN finals
Nine singers have reached the last round of the international singing contest NEUE STIMMEN after completing the semi-finals concert in Gütersloh on Thursday night. The audience were allowed to pick their own favorite as well last night: The audience award went to ...
|Spinelli Group and Bertelsmann Stiftung present proposed 'Fundamental Law' for EU in Brussels
Last week the Spinelli Group and the Bertelsmann Stiftung presented their joint publication "A Fundamental Law for the European Union" to the press in Brussels. The document details proposed changes to the Treaty of Lisbon, the EU's current constitutional architecture.
|Conference "Automatic Stabilizers for the Eurozone: Pros and cons of a European Unemployment Benefit Scheme"
On 11 October 2013, the Bertelsmann Stiftung in collaboration with the European Commission will organize a conference on the pros and cons of a European Unemployment Benefit Scheme which could serve as an automatic stabilizer in the Eurozone.
|NEUE STIMMEN 2013: Live-Broadcast of the Final
Expectations are running high: Over 1.400 singers had applied to become the NEUE STIMMEN 2013 in the international singing competition of the same name for young opera talents. Now the nine most promising talents will compete in the final in Gütersloh on Saturday, ...
|Every German state, industry and income group would benefit from a transatlantic free trade agreement
A free trade agreement between Europe and the USA would benefit Germany significantly. Nearly every industry in every state would profit and anticipated wage growth would be distributed across all income groups. This is the conclusion reached in a current study by the ...
|Bertelsmann Foundation's post-election event in Washington, DC
An unexpectedly large victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel and the CDU/CSU, a disaster for her FDP coalition partners, and disappointment for the SPD, the Greens, the Left Party and the upstart Alternative for Germany (AfD). That was the surprising background of "The ...
|US-EU Trade, Investment Agreement would create jobs, boost Exports in all 50 States
An ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently under negotiation could provide hundreds of thousands of American jobs, benefiting every US state, according to "TTIP and the Fifty States: Jobs and Growth from Coast to Coast", a study ...
|Between nuclear armament and economic pragmatism
The balance a year and a half after the power transfer to Kim Jong-Un in North Korea is undecided. The breakdown of the regime, predicted by many analysts, has not happened yet. Neither have the reforms that were expected from the young man who has supposedly been ...
|German election leaves neighbors wondering
Angela Merkel continues to top the polls and foreign correspondents in Berlin are having a hard time explaining to their compatriots back home why the German chancellor is so unfailingly popular. They themselves have difficulty understanding many things about the ...
|Increasing enthusiasm for the richness and beauty of the German lied
This year, for the second time, a NEUE STIMMEN Lied Master Class will be held in Gütersloh, concluding with two recitals. Through its events focusing on the German lied, NEUE STIMMEN has added a new element to its international master classes for opera singers, one ...
|Don't ignore the pain, displacement and death!
Seven million Syrians are now refugees, and 100,000 have been killed since the beginning of the uprising against the country's ruler, Bashar al-Assad. Something must therefore be done to end the Syrians' suffering, says Christian Hanelt, Middle East expert at the ...
|Forty-one opera talents from 24 countries qualify for final round of NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition
Forty-one opera singers have been selected to participate in the final round of the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. A total of over 1,400 young talents applied to compete in the preliminary-round auditions held in 22 cities around the globe, from ...
|Europe must become more attractive for international talent
Although Europe is the unwilling pioneer of managed demographic decline, it has to assume a leadership role in developing strategies to close emerging gaps in global labor markets.
|SVR: Syrischen Flüchtlingen Schutz gewähren
Angesichts des anhaltenden Bürgerkriegs in Syrien sollte sich die EU auf eine gemeinsame, abgestimmte Aufnahme von syrischen Flüchtlingen einigen. Die Aufnahme von 5.000 Flüchtlingen durch Deutschland ist ein wichtiger erster, aber nicht ausreichender Schritt. ...
|Japan and China: Bitter Rivals and Close Partners
The "Asia-Policy-Briefs" analyze political and economic developments in Asia and reflect on their impact on Germany and Europe. The short briefing papers focus on current events as well as underlying trends in important large Asian countries. In addition, they seek to ...
|Scandinavia is Global Leader in Social Cohesion
Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland have the highest levels of social cohesion, followed by Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand, according to the Social Cohesion Radar, a study released today by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. ...
|Kofi Annan announced as 2013 Reinhard Mohn Prize Winner
Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan named winner of Bertelsmann Stiftung's Reinhard Mohn Prize for 2013. In awarding Kofi Annan the Reinhard Mohn Prize, Germany's Bertelsmann Stiftung honors his outstanding dedication and contribution to sustainable development. ...