|Joint EU defense could save billions
After an unprecedented series of mishaps, Germany's army, the Bundeswehr, has been making headlines because of outdated and barely usable equipment. One thing seems clear: The country is not in a position to assume a greater role responding to the many crises ...
|Eurozone crisis: Schäuble demands reform, not spending
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has vigorously defended the need for structural reform and the avoidance of further spending and deficits to spur European economic growth. In a discussion entitled "Growth and Austerity: Can the Eurozone Have Both?", hosted ...
|Social imbalance in Europe is increasing
Europe is making some progress in terms of economic stabilisation, but the level of social justice has declined in recent years in most EU states. The social imbalance between the affluent northern European states and the many southern and south-eastern European ...
|Aiming for Independence
Scotland might soon be independent. On September 18 the country will vote on whether or not it will remain in the United Kingdom. The pro-independence faction has been gaining supporters at a rapid pace. What will happen if the country actually decides to leave? What ...
|The Bertelsmann Stiftung at the Global Economic Symposium in Kuala Lumpur
The 2014 Global Economic Symposium will take place from Saturday to Monday (September 6–8) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Held under the auspices of the Malaysian government, the event will bring together decision makers and experts from politics, business, academia and ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|Blog: Die wahren Kulissen des politischen Wandels
Der globale Wandelt kennt einige Gewinner, vor allem aber auch Verlierer. Politische und wirtschaftliche Veränderungen spüren besonders Menschen in Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländern. In 129 Ländern zeigt unser Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) diese ...
|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 ...
|The Mark of Democracy – A Fact Check for Tunisia
On Thursday, June 19, the Bertelsmann Stiftung will be welcoming German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa to the Germany – Tunisia conference in the Bertelsmann Stiftung conference center in Berlin. Topics to be addressed ...
|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 ...