|Bertelsmann Foundation's post-election event in Washington, DC
An unexpectedly large victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel and the CDU/CSU, a disaster for her FDP coalition partners, and disappointment for the SPD, the Greens, the Left Party and the upstart Alternative for Germany (AfD). That was the surprising background of "The ...
|US-EU Trade, Investment Agreement would create jobs, boost Exports in all 50 States
An ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently under negotiation could provide hundreds of thousands of American jobs, benefiting every US state, according to "TTIP and the Fifty States: Jobs and Growth from Coast to Coast", a study ...
|Between nuclear armament and economic pragmatism
The balance a year and a half after the power transfer to Kim Jong-Un in North Korea is undecided. The breakdown of the regime, predicted by many analysts, has not happened yet. Neither have the reforms that were expected from the young man who has supposedly been ...
|German election leaves neighbors wondering
Angela Merkel continues to top the polls and foreign correspondents in Berlin are having a hard time explaining to their compatriots back home why the German chancellor is so unfailingly popular. They themselves have difficulty understanding many things about the ...
|Increasing enthusiasm for the richness and beauty of the German lied
This year, for the second time, a NEUE STIMMEN Lied Master Class will be held in Gütersloh, concluding with two recitals. Through its events focusing on the German lied, NEUE STIMMEN has added a new element to its international master classes for opera singers, one ...
|Don't ignore the pain, displacement and death!
Seven million Syrians are now refugees, and 100,000 have been killed since the beginning of the uprising against the country's ruler, Bashar al-Assad. Something must therefore be done to end the Syrians' suffering, says Christian Hanelt, Middle East expert at the ...
|Forty-one opera talents from 24 countries qualify for final round of NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition
Forty-one opera singers have been selected to participate in the final round of the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. A total of over 1,400 young talents applied to compete in the preliminary-round auditions held in 22 cities around the globe, from ...
|SVR: Syrischen Flüchtlingen Schutz gewähren
Angesichts des anhaltenden Bürgerkriegs in Syrien sollte sich die EU auf eine gemeinsame, abgestimmte Aufnahme von syrischen Flüchtlingen einigen. Die Aufnahme von 5.000 Flüchtlingen durch Deutschland ist ein wichtiger erster, aber nicht ausreichender Schritt. ...
|Japan and China: Bitter Rivals and Close Partners
The "Asia-Policy-Briefs" analyze political and economic developments in Asia and reflect on their impact on Germany and Europe. The short briefing papers focus on current events as well as underlying trends in important large Asian countries. In addition, they seek to ...
|Scandinavia is Global Leader in Social Cohesion
Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland have the highest levels of social cohesion, followed by Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand, according to the Social Cohesion Radar, a study released today by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. ...
|Kofi Annan announced as 2013 Reinhard Mohn Prize Winner
Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan named winner of Bertelsmann Stiftung's Reinhard Mohn Prize for 2013. In awarding Kofi Annan the Reinhard Mohn Prize, Germany's Bertelsmann Stiftung honors his outstanding dedication and contribution to sustainable development. ...
|The EU can save billions
The common policies of the EU countries have paid off. For the first time, there are evidence based calculations to prove that the transferal of policies to the EU level, and their funding through the EU, actually saves national governments money. That is the result ...
Opponents of Mohamed Morsi have achieved their goal: The former Egyptian president was removed from office by the country's military, and Adli Mansour is the new man leading the nation through its time of political transition. But what will Egypt actually look like in ...
|Germans have increasingly favorable attitudes toward Poles
The image that Germans have of Poland and the Poles is increasingly positive. Three out of four people in Germany, for example, now feel comfortable with the idea of having Poles as neighbors and coworkers; a majority of Germans even say they can imagine Poles as ...
|The beacons of high religiosity lie outside Europe
The largest numbers of people claiming to be "very", "fairly", or "moderately" religious are found in Turkey (82 %), Brazil (74 %), India (70 %), and the USA (67 %). The lowest numbers are found in Sweden (28 %) and Israel (31 %). Germany ranks in midfield with an ...
|Obama Plays It Safe in Berlin
With his speech in Berlin, US president Barack Obama missed an opportunity to re-define and re-invigorate the partnership between the US and Germany – writes Annette Heuser, executive director of the Washington, DC-based Bertelsmann Foundation, in her analysis of ...
|The US and the entire EU would significantly benefit from a transatlantic free trade agreement
The US and all EU member countries would significantly benefit from a comprehensive transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP). If it is possible to largely eliminate not only tariffs but also non-tariff trade barriers, real gross domestic product per ...
|Report Presents Recommendations for Better Working Opportunities for Older Workers
As Europe's population is ageing and its workforce continuously shrinking, innovative solutions have to be found in order to secure Europe's growth and innovation levels for the future. At the same time, people are living longer and are healthier and fitter, which ...
|Social progress – thanks to social participation
Increasing gross domestic product alone is not an adequate measure of social progress, something that many people around the globe have come to recognize. In various countries, new metrics for measuring progress are being deployed that go beyond economic growth to ...
|Change in North Africa – A Chance for Europe
"Jobs, jobs and more jobs are needed if the difficult transition in Egypt and Tunisia toward more participation, more democracy and social equity is to be helped along." That was the assessment of Bernardino Leon, the European Union's special representative for the ...
|'Black-Red-Gold Card' Could Help Germany Attract More Highly Skilled Workers
Despite the record number of immigrants coming to Germany, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is calling for a strategic realignment of the country's policy on immigration. "Germany will need more qualified immigrants than ever before," said Jörg Dräger, member of the ...
|Managers: less expectation of job security and fair compensation
Despite strong economic demand, fewer managers in Germany feel that the jobs in their company are secure and that performance is being appropriately compensated. According to the twice-yearly survey carried out by research institute FKI on behalf of the Bertelsmann ...
|Bertelsmann Stiftung: Germany profits from the Euro
Germany profits considerably from the Euro, as a current model calculation of Prognos AG shows that was drawn up on the order of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. "Germany's membership in the currency union reduces costs for international trade and protects it from strong ...
|Brussels Think Tank Dialogue 2013: EU future debate requires clear targets
The foreseeable change in the European Treaties provides think tanks with the opportunity to actively shape the future of the European Union. During the opening of the Brussels Think Tank Dialogue 2013, the Chairman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Aart De Geus, ...
|Looking Beyond the Political Gridlock in Washington and Economic Woe in Europe
The US economy is back to form, but domestic political gridlock, volatile job numbers and shaky financial markets threaten to unravel the recent success story. On the other side of the Atlantic, the eurozone has overcome its existential crisis, but the path to future ...