|Include Islamist Organizations as Well
"The skepticism common in the West regarding these movements and the fear of fundamental radicalization must be overcome. They should be replaced instead with a more differentiated viewpoint," says Hauke Hartmann, the Bertelsmann Stiftung expert who has been analyzing ...
|Daring to Be More Democratic
Western reactions to the demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt and the resulting calls for change have evinced a fear that North Africa and the Middle East might become destabilized. Yet analysis carried out for the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) has ...
|Enhancing Europe’s Impact
The European Union has never before had more opportunities to shape events than today. The banking crisis and thus the protection of the common currency have become a crucial test for EU partners. The second annual high-level Brussels Think Tank Dialogue, which was ...
|Sharing Global Governance
How are civil society organizations (CSOs) helping overcome global challenges and democratizing international institutions? How can their contributions be more effective? A new report by the Bertelsmann Stiftung addresses these issues.
|Study Shows Germany Lags in Social Justice
Among the 31 members of the OECD, Germany ranks 15th -- only mid-field -- when it comes to the areas of poverty reduction, educational access, employment, social cohesion, social equality and intergenerational justice. Those are the findings of a recent study carried ...
|How can we save the Euro?
After November 2008, the Bertelsmann Stiftung today, for the second time, publishes a break-in of Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian prime minister and Leader of the Liberals (ALDE) in the European Parliament, on the impact of the financial crisis on the European Union ...
|Rapid Renminbi appreciation could be ineffective and dangerous
A strong yuan appreciation could hinder Chinese and global growth and cause interest rates worldwide to rise, according to a new Bertelsmann Foundation study. The report also warns that placing the burden for correcting trade imbalances solely on China ignores the ...
|Dubrovnik conference discusses future of the Balkan region
Examining the process of reconciliation in Europe and other regions of the world and supporting efforts to develop a “culture of remembrance” in Southeastern Europe – those were the key goals of the conference “Towards reconciliation. Experience, techniques and ...
|Europe’s Fight Against Human Trafficking
Slavery in Europe? Forced labour in this day and age? Very few Europeans are aware of the fact that human trafficking and forced labour exist in their midst. The numerous events marking the European Day Against Human Trafficking on 18 October are hoping to draw ...
|First Class of CEPI Fellows Reconvenes: This Time in Brussels
The Bertelsmann Stiftung Brussels Office, in cooperation with the Bertelsmann Foundation, hosted the first annual Brussels gathering of the Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI). The twenty CEPI fellows, who are financial-services or ...
|Middle East: Difficult Negotiations Ahead
In mid-September, Israelis and Palestinians resumed negotiations aimed at ending the Middle East conflict. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas both said the commencement of their direct talks at the beginning of ...
|A Revolution in Disguise: The European Citizens' Initiative
EU popularity plunges right across the bloc. One key argument is: We don’t have our say. Nevertheless the Lisbon Treaty is proposing henceforth a new, still largely unknown way of participation – the European Citizens’ Initiative ECI. This is no more than a placebo ...
|Denmark leads the European Union in lifelong learning
The Bertelsmann Stiftung presents the first results for ELLI, the European Lifelong Learning Index – Germany places in the middle of the EU rankings – Weaknesses in formal education
|The Growth and Sustainability Debate: Asia’s Perspective
During the forum that brought experts to Singapore to provide their ideas on sustainable development in Asia, Liz Mohn, vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, exchanged views with Prof. Kishore Mahbubani, dean of Singapore’s highly respected Lee Kuan ...
|Global systems increasingly under stress
The Millennium Project, the Washington, DC-based think tank that brings together researchers and thought leaders to examine issues relating to globalization and the future, presented its 14th report on global trends on July 7, 2010, at the Bertelsmann Stiftung in ...
|Leading from the future
People need more than existing knowledge if they are to act in a forward-looking manner. In a master class at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Prof. Otto Scharmer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) explained how leaders can ...
|Liz Mohn receives Germany’s Great Cross of Merit
Liz Mohn, vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, has been awarded the Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her multifaceted charitable activities. Presenting the award, Jürgen Rüttgers, premier of the state of North ...
|Spain and the end of European illusions
In our current Spotlight Europe “Spain and the End of European Illusions“, Armando García Schmidt from the Bertelsmann Foundation provides a detailed analysis of the situation in Spain. García Schmidt shows that the crisis is not a purely Spanish one, but rather that ...
|Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011
The 2011 prize is dedicated to the topic “Vitalizing democracy through participation” and, in keeping with the focus on democracy, the search campaign is being organized as a wide-scale, public effort that allows people from around the globe to nominate, discuss and ...
|European External Action Service launched
One of the goals of the Lisbon Treaty is to make the EU more capable of meeting foreign and security policy challenges in the 21st century. The joint European External Action Service (EEAS) is meant to provide the necessary structure for giving the EU a more effective ...
|Congressional European Parliament Initiative Launched
The Bertelsmann Foundation convened the first class of Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI) fellows in Washington 2-6 June for a five-day conference on financial services regulation, energy/climate-change policy and the US-EU relationship in general.
|A Chat with a Renaissance Woman
The Bertelsmann Foundation joined forces with the Aspen Institute’s Council of Women World Leaders to host 7 June a one-on-one wide-ranging conversation with former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser ...
|Colloquium With Tim Jackson on "Prosperity Without Growth"
For Tim Jackson, head of the Economics Steering Group at the UK’s Sustainable Development Commission, “prosperity without growth” is not a fantasy but a compelling necessity. The author of the book by the same name, one of the most important publications dealing with ...
|No "Europe fatigue" despite euro crisis
A current survey carried out by the Bertelsmann Stiftung among participants in its Citizens’ Forum on Europe shows that 77 percent of all respondents feel Europe must continue to grow together. Increased integration in the EU, respondents feel, is imperative given the ...
|Towards a European Culture of Participation
Bertelsmann Stiftung contributes to European Foundation Week by hosting an open debate on the role of foundations and civil society actors in enhancing citizens participation and democracy in and beyond the EU.