|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|Special Feature: Russia – Did you know that …?
The 2014 Winter Olympics are just around the corner, and Sochi is getting ready for the big event. A few days before the first starting gun sounds, everyone in the Russian city on the Black Sea is focused on sports. We, however, are taking a closer look at the country ...
|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: ...
|Making Governance Innovations Travel
The SGI project will enter phase three and publish new indicators in 2014. Daniel Schraad-Tischler and Najim Azahaf of SGI talk about the upcoming release of the SGI 2014, the creation of a Learning Network for Governance Innovations and what the financial and ...
|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 ...
|Bertelsmann Stiftung and Deutsche Welle present global change's winners and losers
Global transformation produces winners and losers – something the latest release of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index (BTI) makes clear. "Secrets of Transformation," a new multimedia series produced by Deutsche Welle, makes use of BTI data to show how ...
|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. ...