|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 ...
The latest allegations of US spying in Germany have unleashed a new bout of anger in Berlin against Washington. Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser writes: This time, if the Obama administration does not meet Berlin's expectations for ...
|Going Global, Going West! Chinese Direct Investment in Germany
German chancellor Angela Merkel, accompanied by a business delegation, is visiting China. Mutual investment flows will be one topic on her agenda. German investors in China still encounter many hurdles, whereas Chinese companies in Germany may count on a generally ...
|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 ...
|Iraq and Syria: Diversity threatened and destroyed
ISIS – Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – has been in headlines everywhere recently. But what made it possible for Islamist terrorists to gain so much power in both Arab countries? In his background analysis, Christian-Peter Hanelt, Middle East expert at the ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 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 ...
|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 ...