|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 ...
|Bold steps needed to unlock the potential of a common European labour market
Employment opportunities for citizens and economic prospects for companies can be increased by enhancing the geographic mobility of European workers. The Bertelsmann Stiftung published today a set of concrete policy recommendations based on an extensive analysis of ...
|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 ...
|Social divides threaten Europe's future viability
Europe is making some progress in economic consolidation, but social divides are growing. While several European economies are slowly recovering from the effects of the economic and financial crises, social conditions in Europe's southern and eastern crisis-stricken ...
|Guido Westerwelle joins Bertelsmann Stiftung Board of Trustees
Guido Westerwelle, 52, former German foreign minister, has been appointed to the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Board of Trustees, the Gütersloh-based foundation's supervisory and oversight body. His term of office begins January 1, 2015, and runs until the end of 2017. "We ...
|Aart De Geus reappointed chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung
The Bertelsmann Stiftung Board of Trustees has appointed Aart Jan De Geus to serve as the foundation's chairman and CEO for another three years. The appointment was made during the board's meeting on April 4. Originally from the Netherlands, De Geus, 58, joined the ...
|Tunisia faces its next round of challenges
Tunisia has adopted a new constitution. Does that mean the North African country will soon be experiencing more democracy and increased employment? At gatherings in Brussels and Berlin, the Bertelsmann Stiftung recently brought together public figures from Europe and ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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: ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
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 ...