|Asian Middle Classes – Drivers of Political Change?
Asia watchers have been kept exceptionally busy by recent political developments in the region. An unprecedented landslide victory in India's general elections, pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, close elections in Indonesia, a coup in Thailand – the list goes on. ...
|2014 NEUE STIMMEN Lied Master Class comes to a successful conclusion
At the end of the final concert for the third NEUE STIMMEN Lied Master Class on Friday evening in Gütersloh Theater, the standing ovation said it all. Four young singers had given compelling performances, singing lieder by Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss, under the ...
|New Pact for Europe initiative proposes a pact between EU, Member States and citizens
What are the challenges that the European Union is currently facing? How can the European integration project gain more acceptance among citizens? A European network of foundations has mooted possible answers in a new report.
|Viviane Reding joins Bertelsmann Stiftung Board of Trustees
Viviane Reding, 63, former Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship has been appointed to the Bertelsmann Stiftung Board of Trustees. Her term of office in the Gütersloh-based foundation's ...
|New Social Affairs Commissioner faces major challenge
Things won't be easy for Marianne Thyssen, the new European commissioner for employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility. The financial and economic crises of past years have left their mark on many EU member states. Using recently released data on social ...
|Parliamentary elections in Ukraine and Tunisia
A few days ago, 35 million Ukrainians and 6 million Tunisians had the opportunity to elect representatives to their national parliaments. Official results will not be available for a few more days. Located directly on the EU’s border, Ukraine is one of Europe's most ...
|Twelve singers on their way to an international career
Twelve singers from eleven countries worked intensively with instructors and accompanists during the week of the 2014 NEUE STIMMEN Master Class, the tenth time the event was held. Under the guidance of Gustav Kuhn, Cheryl Studer, Francisco Araíza and John Norris, they ...
|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After an unprecedented series of mishaps, Germany's army, the Bundeswehr, has been making headlines because of outdated and barely usable equipment.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 ...
|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 ...
|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 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 ...
|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?
|Three Strikes: Why Brazil's government is better than what the media tells you
Current media coverage of the protests in Brazil has missed a key point. The progressive Lula and Rousseff governments' efforts to empower the new "lowest middle class" socially and politically are bearing their fruits.<BR>In football-crazy countries like Germany, ...
|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 ...