|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 ...
|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. ...
|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 ...