|The Mark of Democracy – A Fact Check for Tunisia
On Thursday, June 19, the Bertelsmann Stiftung will be welcoming German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa to the Germany – Tunisia conference in the Bertelsmann Stiftung conference center in Berlin. Topics to be addressed ...
|Deepening the debate on automatic stabilizers for the Eurozone
How can the Eurozone be better equipped to deal with external economic shocks in the future? What means are available and how can they be implemented? What form of fiscal capacity does the Eurozone need in order to finance such automatic stabilizers?
|Three Strikes: Why Brazil's government is better than what the media tells you
Current media coverage of the protests in Brazil has missed a key point. The progressive Lula and Rousseff governments' efforts to empower the new "lowest middle class" socially and politically are bearing their fruits.<BR>In football-crazy countries like Germany, ...
|The extremists' hour
These European elections were different than all the others held since 1979, when representatives to the European Parliament were chosen directly by Europe's citizens for the first time. This year's elections were different because, for the first time, the major ...
|No network among Europe's populist parties
It does exist: an international community of organizations that want to create a united Europe. "The network of pro-Europeans is not only greater in number, it is also close-knit," says Isabell Hoffmann, project manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung. In France and ...
|2014 European elections: Why voting is important
Thursday was the day Europeans began voting – in the UK of all places, one is tempted to exclaim. The UK, however, is not the only country that has become much less supportive of the EU since the last European Parliament elections in 2009. Everyone is avidly awaiting ...
|The united citizens of Europe
The image of a crossroads is often employed in the debate about the future of the European Union. Are we now at a crossroads and are the upcoming elections about choosing between alternative futures? Between more or less Europe? Is that the deeper meaning as Europeans ...
|And never the twain shall meet?
Things are churning – dangerously so – on the EU's border. If you take a look at the Ukraine crisis and Europe's helplessness in dealing with it, it becomes apparent that something must have gone fundamentally wrong since the fall of the Iron Curtain and the end of ...
|The EU's struggle to become a foreign-policy player
Can you point out the woman in the photograph who is responsible for the EU's foreign policy? No? You're not alone. You are one of the many people who are unable to keep track of the numerous individuals and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the EU's ...
|The Monetary Union is dead, long live the Monetary Union
In preparation for the European elections being held Thursday to Sunday, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is publishing a series of analyses, commentaries and background articles. In the first part of the series, Andrej Stuchlik, project manager in the foundation's Brussels ...
|May in Berlin – dare to dream
The International Singing Competition NEUE STIMMEN has its sights set on the future. Liz Mohn, co-chairwoman of Bertelsmann Stiftung, sent out invitations for the prize winners' concert at the Bertelsmann's offices on Unter den Linden in Berlin.
|Less social cohesion in Germany's eastern states
German society is more cohesive than it was in the early 1990s. As a Bertelsmann Stiftung study shows, Germans have, overall, developed a greater sense of community over the past two decades. Hamburg is the clear overall leader and, in addition to the country's three ...
|Europe needs to adopt Tunisia
Prominent Europeans – including European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, French President François Hollande and Norbert Lammert, president of Germany's Bundestag – journeyed to Tunis to congratulate their small North African neighbor on its new constitution, the ...
|An in-depth look at digital culture
<BR><BR>It's time once again for republica. For three days, the social media conference will be examining all things digital. Some 5,000 participants are expected, including Bertelsmann Stiftung experts. The foundation will be using four sessions to present topics ...
|Merkel in Washington: What does she want?
Among the US's many allies, Germany has become one of the hardest for Americans to read. Washington sees the country under Chancellor Angela Merkel's leadership as a power that is unwilling to fully execute its foreign-policy responsibilities by flexing its muscles ...
|Sustaineo 2030: Today's sustainable development visions, realized tomorrow
In the year 2030, one country has translated today's better-governance efforts into a political and administrative system. The Bertelsmann Stiftung, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and Novel Futures ...
|Is Ukraine as divided as most people think?
The unrest in Ukraine continues. First there was the Crimean referendum and the peninsula's declaration of independence, followed by its "accession" to the Russian Federation. More recently there have been violent clashes in the country's southeastern region and ...
|Bold steps needed to unlock the potential of a common European labour market
Employment opportunities for citizens and economic prospects for companies can be increased by enhancing the geographic mobility of European workers. The Bertelsmann Stiftung published today a set of concrete policy recommendations based on an extensive analysis of ...
|Social divides threaten Europe's future viability
Europe is making some progress in economic consolidation, but social divides are growing. While several European economies are slowly recovering from the effects of the economic and financial crises, social conditions in Europe's southern and eastern crisis-stricken ...
|Aart De Geus reappointed chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung
The Bertelsmann Stiftung Board of Trustees has appointed Aart Jan De Geus to serve as the foundation's chairman and CEO for another three years. The appointment was made during the board's meeting on April 4. Originally from the Netherlands, De Geus, 58, joined the ...
|Guido Westerwelle joins Bertelsmann Stiftung Board of Trustees
Guido Westerwelle, 52, former German foreign minister, has been appointed to the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Board of Trustees, the Gütersloh-based foundation's supervisory and oversight body. His term of office begins January 1, 2015, and runs until the end of 2017. "We ...
|A Fair Deal on Talent – Creating an Equitable System of Migration
In today's globalized world, companies compete internationally for the best talent and people change countries to find work. In view of that, how can Germany attract the highly skilled workforce it desperately needs – and do so in a way that is both effective and ...
|Tunisia faces its next round of challenges
Tunisia has adopted a new constitution. Does that mean the North African country will soon be experiencing more democracy and increased employment? At gatherings in Brussels and Berlin, the Bertelsmann Stiftung recently brought together public figures from Europe and ...
|Putting people's wellbeing at the centre of public policy
At the invitation of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, a high-level expert commission headed by Lord Gus O'Donnell discussed the research knowledge on human well-being and happiness. The experts show how human wellbeing can and should receive more systematic attention in ...
|Advanced economies benefit from globalization much more than developing countries and NICs
Globalization has increased prosperity primarily in the world's advanced economies over the last two decades, while benefitting developing and newly industrialized countries (NICs) less. That is one of the key findings from a study recently carried out by the ...