|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|Tunisia, Madagascar and the struggle for freedom of expression
After years of oppression, Tunisians have finally won the fight for more freedom of expression. Similarly, people in Madagascar were not heard by their leaders for years, although they now have a new president and are hoping for better times. In the final part of its ...
|Xi's Real Test: Delivering on Reform and Maintaining Stability in 2014
Emerging signs of economic difficulties have greatly compounded the challenges facing China's leader Xi Jinping in the year of the horse. After rolling out a surprisingly ambitious reform blueprint in November last year, the secretary general of the Chinese Communist ...
|Incredible aggression on the part of Russia
Ukrainian presidential candidate Vitali Klitschko condemned the events unfolding on the Crimean peninsula as "an incredible act of aggression on the part of Russia." It's a case of "breaking and entering," he said, speaking from Ukraine via Skype during the Europe ...
|Endrunde erreicht: Sieben Finalisten im Wettbewerb "Mein gutes Beispiel"
Die Bertelsmann Stiftung und der Verein Unternehmen für die Region e.V. zeichnen zum vierten Mal im Rahmen des Wettbewerbs "Mein gutes Beispiel" herausragende Beispiele gesellschaftlichen Engagements mittelständischer Unternehmen aus. Seit heute stehen die sieben ...
|Financing social projects that make a difference
What can G-8 nations do to expand the global market for social impact investments? That was the question addressed by the group's Social Impact Investment Task Force on February 18 and 19 at the Bertelsmann Stiftung conference center in Berlin. Following its first two ...
|The EU should engage more with the Ukrainian public
Bloody street battles in Kiev, a government that uses force against its own people, scores of wounded and dead – those are just some of the troubling developments in Ukraine that have dominated the news in recent days. While foreign ministers from EU member states ...
|Bolivia's economy is booming – while poverty increases in Pakistan
Better incomes for the poor in Bolivia and hard times in Pakistan. Those are two contrasting examples of the economic changes taking place around the globe, as detailed in Part 3 of Deutsche Welle's "Secrets of Transformation" series. The series' findings are based on ...
|North Africa between crisis and consensus
Now four years old, the Arab Spring has brought people in North Africa more freedom, diversity and social and political participation. For the region's inhabitants, however, it has also meant numerous conflicts, less security and, despite greater opportunity overall, ...
|German President visits Bertelsmann Stiftung conference on creating vocational education system in India
Germany's work-study vocational education system could prove effective in helping India master the enormous economic and demographic challenges it currently faces. That was the message delivered by German President Joachim Gauck when speaking to participants at a ...
|Judicial conflict or normal procedure?
On Friday the German Federal Constitutional Court announced that for the first time in its history it was submitting several questions to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and requesting a preliminary ruling. The issue at stake is first and foremost whether or not ...
|The critical reports aren't an issue in Sochi
As children, many people dream of participating in the Olympics. That was undoubtedly the case for many of the 2,500 athletes who will be competing over the next two weeks at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. For Larissa Markus, being part of the Games is ...
|Challenges facing the new EU leadership after the European elections
The EU needs new leadership with vision. This is the conclusion of the participants of the 5th Brussels Think Tank Dialogue. The event was organised by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and nine other leading think tanks. More than 400 participants from across Europe discussed ...
|How Russia became an autocracy
Russia will greet visitors from around the world with traditional hospitality when the 2014 Winter Olympics begin on Friday in Sochi. For Russians themselves, however, life has become decidedly less open. The current release of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's ...