|A Revolution in Disguise: The European Citizens' Initiative
EU popularity plunges right across the bloc. One key argument is: We don’t have our say. Nevertheless the Lisbon Treaty is proposing henceforth a new, still largely unknown way of participation – the European Citizens’ Initiative ECI. This is no more than a placebo ...
|Denmark leads the European Union in lifelong learning
The Bertelsmann Stiftung presents the first results for ELLI, the European Lifelong Learning Index – Germany places in the middle of the EU rankings – Weaknesses in formal education
|The Growth and Sustainability Debate: Asia’s Perspective
During the forum that brought experts to Singapore to provide their ideas on sustainable development in Asia, Liz Mohn, vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, exchanged views with Prof. Kishore Mahbubani, dean of Singapore’s highly respected Lee Kuan ...
|Global systems increasingly under stress
The Millennium Project, the Washington, DC-based think tank that brings together researchers and thought leaders to examine issues relating to globalization and the future, presented its 14th report on global trends on July 7, 2010, at the Bertelsmann Stiftung in ...
|Leading from the future
People need more than existing knowledge if they are to act in a forward-looking manner. In a master class at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Prof. Otto Scharmer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) explained how leaders can ...
|Liz Mohn receives Germany’s Great Cross of Merit
Liz Mohn, vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, has been awarded the Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her multifaceted charitable activities. Presenting the award, Jürgen Rüttgers, premier of the state of North ...
|Spain and the end of European illusions
In our current Spotlight Europe “Spain and the End of European Illusions“, Armando García Schmidt from the Bertelsmann Foundation provides a detailed analysis of the situation in Spain. García Schmidt shows that the crisis is not a purely Spanish one, but rather that ...
|Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011
The 2011 prize is dedicated to the topic “Vitalizing democracy through participation” and, in keeping with the focus on democracy, the search campaign is being organized as a wide-scale, public effort that allows people from around the globe to nominate, discuss and ...
|European External Action Service launched
One of the goals of the Lisbon Treaty is to make the EU more capable of meeting foreign and security policy challenges in the 21st century. The joint European External Action Service (EEAS) is meant to provide the necessary structure for giving the EU a more effective ...
|Congressional European Parliament Initiative Launched
The Bertelsmann Foundation convened the first class of Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI) fellows in Washington 2-6 June for a five-day conference on financial services regulation, energy/climate-change policy and the US-EU relationship in general.
|Colloquium With Tim Jackson on "Prosperity Without Growth"
For Tim Jackson, head of the Economics Steering Group at the UK’s Sustainable Development Commission, “prosperity without growth” is not a fantasy but a compelling necessity. The author of the book by the same name, one of the most important publications dealing with ...
|A Chat with a Renaissance Woman
The Bertelsmann Foundation joined forces with the Aspen Institute’s Council of Women World Leaders to host 7 June a one-on-one wide-ranging conversation with former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser ...
|No "Europe fatigue" despite euro crisis
A current survey carried out by the Bertelsmann Stiftung among participants in its Citizens’ Forum on Europe shows that 77 percent of all respondents feel Europe must continue to grow together. Increased integration in the EU, respondents feel, is imperative given the ...
|Towards a European Culture of Participation
Bertelsmann Stiftung contributes to European Foundation Week by hosting an open debate on the role of foundations and civil society actors in enhancing citizens participation and democracy in and beyond the EU.
|Global Economy Prize awarded to Pascal Lamy, Paul Krugman and Liz Mohn
Pascal Lamy, the director-general of the World Trade Organization, Paul Krugman, 2008 Nobel laureate in economics, and Liz Mohn, business leader and vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, are being recognized with the 2010 Global Economy Prize, ...
|EU foreign ministers’ summit: All quiet in the east?
Exactly a year ago at the Prague Summit, the EU announced its “Eastern Partnership.” The initiative’s goal was to create stable relationships between the EU and its new neighbors and former Soviet republics in the east, in addition to Russia. Since then, however, ...
|Towards Peace and Sustainability: Release of the Final Report by the Commission on the Black Sea
The Black Sea region is a contested neighbourhood and the subject of intense debate. This reflects the changing dynamics of the region, its complex realities, the interests of outsiders and the region’s relations with the rest of the world. Its strategic position, ...
|Bertelsmann Stiftung honors Reinhard Mohn’s life work
The Bertelsmann Stiftung will be founding a new business institute and renaming an existing prize to honor the legacy of its late founder, Reinhard Mohn, and keep the memory of his life’s work alive. Dr. Gunter Thielen, chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, ...
|A Government Monopoly No More
The Bertelsmann Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) partnered to host a “Towards a More Effective Division of Labor: The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Global Governance”, a workshop held in Washington, DC on 28 April. The event brought ...
|Social market economy helps Germany overcome crisis
Thanks to its social market economy, Germany has emerged relatively less scathed by the global financial and economic crisis of 2008/2009 than other countries. The country’s social safety net had a stabilizing effect, helping dampen the impact of the crisis. Those are ...
|Innovation, With A Little Government Help
The legacy of the financial crisis for many countries is an enlarged fiscal burden that will be difficult to unwind. But doing just that without triggering another global downturn is the key to future growth. How that can be accomplished was the starting point for ...
|The Student Becomes the Master in Managing Economic Crisis
Developing nations were served well by their histories of economic and political turmoil, as they were much better prepared than advanced economies to respond to and emerge from the current crisis, a Bertelsmann Foundation analysis has found. (For more information ...
|Size Doesn’t Matter – The Financial Crisis Hits Liechtenstein
It’s a micro-state with just 36,000 residents who enjoy one of the world’s highest standards of living, and it’s a financial center that attracts deposits worldwide. Yet Liechtenstein, too, has been hit by the financial crisis.
|Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan: Soul Mates?
Public distrust in government is at its lowest in years – comparable to the Vietnam and Watergate eras – but for all the purported anger toward President Barack Obama, the current mood mirrors where Ronald Reagan stood after his first year in office.
|Trade Is The Key to Unlock Development
The global financial crisis may have put national economies under severe pressure and dented world trade, but there was no widespread outbreak of protectionism. For World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy, this reflects the good work of the organization ...