|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 ...
|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 ...
|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, ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|Liberia further along in fighting corruption than Ukraine
Liberia is the winner when it comes to fighting corruption – Ukraine, the loser. That fact is made clear by the second part of the Internet series "Secrets of Transformation," the Deutsche Welle multimedia project that uses figures from the latest release of the ...
|Experts call for transparency in TTIP negotiations
The negotiations on the transatlantic free trade agreement TTIP need to be transparent and include stakeholders. This was confirmed by the participants of a panel debate that was organised by Bertelsmann Stiftung's Brussels office. The event, "The TTIP Project: ...
|On the Road to Democracy? Political Liberalization in Myanmar
Myanmar is currently at a critical juncture. The liberalizing reforms initiated by President Thein Sein after taking office in March 2011 are raising high hopes of peace and democracy in the country. Progress, after nearly three years, has however been uneven: there ...
|Revolts and citizen protests around the world will continue
The worldwide wave of civil protests and revolts from North Africa to Ukraine and Thailand will continue in the years ahead. This is the assessment of the German Bertelsmann Stiftung's latest Transformation Index (BTI), which monitors democratic and economic ...
|Initiative 'New Pact for Europe' publishes its first report on strategic options for the EU
The initiative 'New Pact for Europe' has launched its first report on strategic options for the future of the European Union. The goal of the report is to foster a wider public debate on the EU’s future both at European and national level.
|Social contract for a sustainable future
Finland has asked the Bertelsmann Stiftung to advise it on the subject of sustainability. The German foundation was one of the participants invited to attend a recent meeting of the country's sustainability council, which is tasked with revising Finland's "social ...
|Germany's dual vocational training system - a model for other countries?
Many countries with a high level of youth unemployment are currently looking to Germany and its dual vocational training system and are reflecting on how they might transfer this system in order to be able to offer improved job perspectives to unemployed young people. ...
|Only one German company in two has set gender diversity as a corporate goal
Only some 40 percent of German businesses have set the strategic goal of ensuring equality for women and men within their organization. That is one of the findings of a survey of 1,250 mid-level managers carried out on behalf of managers' association ULA and the ...
The 21st century poses a key challenge: making sustainable development a reality for people everywhere. This is also the key to ensuring people everywhere are able to coexist in peace, something demonstrated by "Living Together" a new film by internationally renowned ...
|Kofi Annan receives Bertelsmann Stiftung's Reinhard Mohn Prize
The Bertelsmann Stiftung has awarded this year's Reinhard Mohn Prize to Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. Annan accepted the €200,000 award on Thursday from Liz Mohn, vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung ...
|Kofi Annan – His Life and Work
Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has been 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 ...
|How countries can shape change at home
This week the Bertelsmann Stiftung is awarding the Reinhard Mohn Prize to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, thereby recognizing a pioneer in the area of sustainable development. Many sustainability programs at the local, national and global levels continue to ...
If Germany were to give new meaning to the concept of sustainability, it would take on a leading role in Europe and the world, says Aart De Geus. As the award ceremony approaches for the Reinhard Mohn Prize, the Bertelsmann Stiftung chairman and CEO calls for a ...
|A Week Dedicated to the Reinhard Mohn Prize
Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations, is the recipient of this year's Reinhard Mohn Prize. The week leading up to the award ceremony on November 7 will include a number of events dedicated to the prize and the topic of sustainability.
|Tasmania - A courageous step forward
The citizens of Tasmania joined forces to create "Tasmania Together" in order to make their state more sustainable. Even though everyday political realities prevented the initiative from achieving long-term success, it remains a role model for others. On the occasion ...
|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 ...