|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.
|Brussels Think Tank Dialogue 2014
What will be the future role of the European Parliament and the national parliaments? What will be the next steps to complete the Economic and Monetary Union? What will be the key tasks for a new EU foreign policy? These are the questions that will be discussed during ...
|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 ...
|The world has lost a visionary leader
Kofi Annan, this year's recipient of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Reinhard Mohn Prize, and former South African President Nelson Mandela were close friends. Annan bids an emotional farewell to Mandela who passed away last week. You can read his complete statement here.
|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 ...
|Transatlantic free-trade agreement would disadvantage Asia
Negotiations between the US and the European Union (EU) on a joint free-trade agreement began in July 2013. The economies involved are hoping for more intense trade activities, stronger economic growth and higher employment rates. A current study of the ifo Institut ...
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 ...
|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 ...
|The Eurozone: No room for complacency
Market fears over an imminent collapse of the eurozone have subsided. Signs of recovery have emerged exports and domestic demand are both increasing. Ireland is expected to begin exiting their support programs in the next few months. But the crisis is far from ...
|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 ...
|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.