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In light of the financial and economic crisis and its aftermath, it is necessary to reflect and reach a consensus on the social institutions and regulations that ensure prosperity, social justice and sustainable economic activity -- social goods that must be based on shared values and ideals. It’s a discourse that must take place on a national, European and global level. Germany’s social market economy offers an effective framework for achieving these goals, one that must be revisited in light of globalization and the changes it continues to bring.

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Panel Debate in the European Parliament Brussels - 25/02/2010

From Theory to Praxis: Realigning the EU's growth and sustainability strategy

On February 23rd, the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the World Future Council (WFC) jointly held the last out of a set of three debates in the European Parliament dealing with the issue of "Rethinking Well-being. How to keep Europe on the Sustainability Track." The panel series was hosted by three Members of the European Parliament: Rebecca Harms, Jo Leinen, and Sirpa Pietikäinen. At a first meeting in the middle of January participants had discussed the need to go beyond the current GDP-related growth paradigm and to develop a more comprehensive and sustainable understanding in which ways future economic models should contribute to human well-being. The second meeting focused on the question of how to increase the political impact of measurement tools aiming to capture and assess sustainable development in our changing world. During the final panel, the participants focused on possible implications of alternative concepts of well-being on the EU's future growth and sustainability strategy.

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Graphic: Trust increases once again Gütersloh - 08/02/2010

Study: Trust in Germany's social market economy increases

The trust Germans place in the country’s social market economy has risen once again. A study carried out by the Allensbach research institute on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung reveals a reversal in the trend toward lower levels of trust, a decline that has been ongoing for many years: While 55 percent of the German population still believed in the country’s economic system in 2000, in spring of 2008 that figure had fallen to 31 percent. By the beginning of this year, however, it had risen to 38 percent once again.

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Brussels - 05/02/2010

How to Capture and Assess Well-Being in a Changing World

On February 3rd, the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the World Future Council (WFC) jointly held the second out of a set of three debates in the European Parliament dealing with the issue of "Rethinking Well-being. How to keep Europe on the Sustainability Track." The panel series is hosted by three Members of the European Parliament: Rebecca Harms, Jo Leinen, and Sirpa Pietikäinen. At a first meeting in the middle of January participants had discussed the need to go beyond the current GDP-related growth paradigm and to develop a more comprehensive and sustainable understanding in which ways future economic models should contribute to human well-being. Taking this debate as a starting point the second panel focused on most recent tools and indicators to define and measure the well-being of societies.

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