|Brazil and Germany: A 21st-Century Relationship
21st Century economic development may hinge upon the ability of developed economies to combine their expertise with the dynamism of emerging markets. With this in mind, Brazil and Germany present many opportunities for fruitful bilateral trade and investment.
|Jokowi's Victory: A New Era for Indonesia?
With the election of its new president, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, Indonesia is now entering a new era. In the current Asia Policy Brief, Andreas Ufen, senior research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies in Hamburg, examines what the victory means for the ...
|Iraq and Syria: Diversity threatened and destroyed
IS – Islamic State – has been in headlines everywhere recently. But what happened in both Arab countries Iraq and Syria that made it possible for Islamist terrorists to wreak havoc there? In an updated version of his background analysis from June 23, Christian-Peter ...
|Europe must focus on creating habitats for entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and the ability to innovate are critical to sustainable growth and social development in Europe, especially in light of Europe's shrinking workforce. When it comes to developing products and services – both existing and new – entrepreneurship and ...
|What strategic options are there for Europe? Discussion with EU Council President Van Rompuy
How can the European Union best respond to future challenges? What sort of institutional developments are possible and meaningful? What kind of support do they get from EU citizens? EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy discussed this and other questions at the ...
|Denmark and Germany biggest winners of European integration since creation of EU single market
Since 1992, increasing European integration within the EU single market has been having a positive impact on economic growth in all founding countries. This is especially true of Germany. Between 1992 and 2012, European convergence has helped the real gross domestic ...
|With too few educators at early childhood education centers, quality is often compromised
The quality of early childhood education often suffers because of a lack of personnel. Many of Germany's child care centers apply staffing formulas that fail to allow for a child-appropriate ratio of staff to children. There are also substantial differences from state ...
|European Unemployment Benefit Scheme to help absorb economic shocks?
How can the European Economic and Monetary Union be improved to help it withstand economic shocks? Can a European Unemployment Benefit Scheme help improve matters by acting as a form of 'automatic stabilizer'? If so, how can such economic ideas be translated into ...
|The Electoral Verdict and After: The Road Ahead for India
The decisive victory of the BJP in the 2014 Indian general elections came as a surprise to many. Most opinion polls, which had predicted a win for the BJP, had not anticipated the scale of the party's victory. The BJP alone won 282 seats out of 543 seats in the Lok ...
|Without EU engagement in the MENA region we would have to build a wall through the Mediterranean
"If the EU stops its engagement in its southern neighbourhood, we will have to build a new Berlin wall through the Mediterranean," Alar Olljum, representative of the European External Action Service provocatively stated in front of 32 young leaders from selected EU ...
|Deepening the debate on automatic stabilizers for the Eurozone
How can the Eurozone be better equipped to deal with external economic shocks in the future? What means are available and how can they be implemented? What form of fiscal capacity does the Eurozone need in order to finance such automatic stabilizers?
|The extremists' hour
These European elections were different than all the others held since 1979, when representatives to the European Parliament were chosen directly by Europe's citizens for the first time. This year's elections were different because, for the first time, the major ...
|2014 European elections: Why voting is important
Thursday was the day Europeans began voting – in the UK of all places, one is tempted to exclaim. The UK, however, is not the only country that has become much less supportive of the EU since the last European Parliament elections in 2009. Everyone is avidly awaiting ...
|No network among Europe's populist parties
It does exist: an international community of organizations that want to create a united Europe. "The network of pro-Europeans is not only greater in number, it is also close-knit," says Isabell Hoffmann, project manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung. In France and ...
|And never the twain shall meet?
Things are churning – dangerously so – on the EU's border. If you take a look at the Ukraine crisis and Europe's helplessness in dealing with it, it becomes apparent that something must have gone fundamentally wrong since the fall of the Iron Curtain and the end of ...
|The united citizens of Europe
The image of a crossroads is often employed in the debate about the future of the European Union. Are we now at a crossroads and are the upcoming elections about choosing between alternative futures? Between more or less Europe? Is that the deeper meaning as Europeans ...
|The EU's struggle to become a foreign-policy player
Can you point out the woman in the photograph who is responsible for the EU's foreign policy? No? You're not alone. You are one of the many people who are unable to keep track of the numerous individuals and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the EU's ...
|The Monetary Union is dead, long live the Monetary Union
In preparation for the European elections being held Thursday to Sunday, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is publishing a series of analyses, commentaries and background articles. In the first part of the series, Andrej Stuchlik, project manager in the foundation's Brussels ...
|May in Berlin – dare to dream
The International Singing Competition NEUE STIMMEN has its sights set on the future. Liz Mohn, co-chairwoman of Bertelsmann Stiftung, sent out invitations for the prize winners' concert at the Bertelsmann's offices on Unter den Linden in Berlin.
|Less social cohesion in Germany's eastern states
German society is more cohesive than it was in the early 1990s. As a Bertelsmann Stiftung study shows, Germans have, overall, developed a greater sense of community over the past two decades. Hamburg is the clear overall leader and, in addition to the country's three ...
|Europe needs to adopt Tunisia
Prominent Europeans – including European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, French President François Hollande and Norbert Lammert, president of Germany's Bundestag – journeyed to Tunis to congratulate their small North African neighbor on its new constitution, the ...
|An in-depth look at digital culture
<BR><BR>It's time once again for republica. For three days, the social media conference will be examining all things digital. Some 5,000 participants are expected, including Bertelsmann Stiftung experts. The foundation will be using four sessions to present topics ...
|Merkel in Washington: What does she want?
Among the US's many allies, Germany has become one of the hardest for Americans to read. Washington sees the country under Chancellor Angela Merkel's leadership as a power that is unwilling to fully execute its foreign-policy responsibilities by flexing its muscles ...
|Sustaineo 2030: Today's sustainable development visions, realized tomorrow
In the year 2030, one country has translated today's better-governance efforts into a political and administrative system. The Bertelsmann Stiftung, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and Novel Futures ...
|Is Ukraine as divided as most people think?
The unrest in Ukraine continues. First there was the Crimean referendum and the peninsula's declaration of independence, followed by its "accession" to the Russian Federation. More recently there have been violent clashes in the country's southeastern region and ...