|A New US-EU Trade Deal: Are We Synching?
President Obama's State of the Union announcement to "launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union" committed the US to engage in its most ambitious economic re-wiring in a generation. The force of the ...
|Freier Handel zwischen USA und EU: Liegen wir auf einer Linie?
Die Ankündigung US-Präsident Obamas, mit der Europäischen Union Gespräche über ein transatlantisches Freihandelsabkommen aufzunehmen, bedeutet die ehrgeizigste wirtschaftliche Neuausrichtung der USA innerhalb einer Generation. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt Tyson Barker, ...
|Syria: From Rebellion to All-Out War
The situation in Syria at the beginning of 2013 could hardly be worse. Dead, wounded, refugees, a humanitarian disaster. President Assad is destroying his country and waging war against his own people. Russia and Iran back the regime. The West wants regime change ...
|Egypt needs to end its ideological strife
Christian-Peter Hanelt, the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Middle East expert, was in attendance on Wednesday afternoon when Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi paid his first visit to Berlin. He was there as Morsi made his way to the Federal Economics Ministry in order to ...
|A "Steady Hand" Policy: New Obama Administration needs continuous Engagement and an economic compact with Europe
Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the Unites States for a further four year term. The publication of the "Field Manual to Europe" by the Bertelsmann Foundation in the US coincides with the official start of Obama's second term in office. The theme of the ...
|50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty – Strength based on difference
On the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty between Germany and France, both countries can be justly proud of their cooperation and look toward the future with a real sense of ambition. This is important as there is a lot of work to be done.Europe is the stage upon ...
|An opportunity for young opera singers: International applications to compete in NEUE STIMMEN 2013 are now being accepted
Talented young opera singers are invited to submit their applications for the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s 15th International Singing Competition NEUE STIMMEN by March 31, 2013. The finals of the competition will take place in Gütersloh from October 6 to 13, 2013. The jury ...
|In 2013 the Problems of the Middle East Are Going to Keep Europe on its Toes
January: Parliamentary elections in Israel. March. Parliamentary elections in Egypt. June: Presidential elections in Iran. These three elections remind us of the fact that in 2013 there are three basic problems in Europe's southern neighbourhood: the ...
|The European Union and Russia at a dead end?
The next EU-Russia summit will take place in Brussels on December 21. Brussels and Moscow are under pressure to negotiate a new fundamental agreement. The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) that is presently in force was ratified in 1997 with a formal ...
|Older Workers - Outlook and Opportunities
On 6 December 2012 the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the European Policy Centre (EPC) presented the findings of their joint venture project „Creating Second Career Labour Markets – Towards more Employment Opportunities for Older Workers“ to the public and policy makers. In ...
|EU Reform Needs Civil Society
The European Union must draw the right lessons from the euro crisis and the flaws in the Treaty of Lisbon. That is why the EU reforms now in the pipeline need to be speeded up and made more acceptable. These were some of the demands made by the participants at a ...
|INCRA: Germany’s top sovereign-debt rating secure only with reform
A downgrading of Germany's top sovereign-debt credit rating can be avoided only if the country continues to implement fiscal reform at home and push for similar reform in its eurozone partners, according to the criteria set out in the Bertelsmann Foundation's proposal ...
|Europe, Turkey and the Arabellion in Berlin, Brussels, Paris and Warsaw
„Even though US President Obama currently has to focus on the US job market and state budget, the conflicts in the Middle East call for immediate external actions,“ says US Middle East expert Michele Dunne. Mrs Dunne predicts that the new US administration will ...
|Obama Re-Election: Pivot Back to Europe?
President Barack Obama's re-election provides an opportunity for his second administration to put a renewed foreign- and economic-policy focus on Europe. Chronically high US unemployment and his overwhelming support among Europeans places the president in a strong ...
|Germans Do Not View Asia as a 'Yellow Threat'
For Germans, Asia’s ascendance as an economic power is more an opportunity than a threat. Germans also feel that the best response to the growing competition with Asia is greater cooperation and not an insistence on pursuing national interests. Those are just some of ...
|NEUE STIMMEN 2012 begins with master class and lied master class
Exactly 25 years ago today Nathalie Stutzmann took first place at the inaugural NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition in Gütersloh, an event initiated by Liz and Reinhard Mohn. Since then, over 10,000 young talents from 70 countries have applied to compete, ...
|Greece's Withdrawal from the Eurozone Could Cause Global Economic Crisis
Greece's exit from the Euro bears the risk of kindling a wildfire throughout Europe - possibly even on an international level - and may result in a worldwide economic crisis. Countries affected would include not only Southern member states and their EU partners, but ...
|Global Economic Symposium 2012 Began
The fifth Global Economic Symposium (GES) began with an opening ceremony and reception at the Real Astoria Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday evening. During the next two days, more than 600 high ranking businesspeople, policymakers, scholars, and civil society ...
|BRICS countries: delayed reforms are jeopardising positive development
Contrary to the forecasts of success in recent years, the ‘BRICS’ (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are greatly in need of reform in key political areas. At the same time, their political systems often lack the capacity to reform, which is jeopardising ...
|Immigration can mitigate the impacts of demographic decline – but only greater urban areas have benefitted thus far
Germany’s population is entering a period of natural decline; immigration is the key factor that could reverse this trend according to population forecasts. A current study, entitled “Migration and demographic change”, by the Bertelsmann Foundation shows, however, ...
|Bürger an Verkehrsplanung beteiligt
Wenn viel befahrene Straßen mitten durch eine Stadt verlaufen, gehört die Planung von Ortsumgehungen zu den unter den Bürgern am emotionalsten diskutierten Themen. Viele Interessen wie etwa Lärmschutz und Naturschutz stehen sich gegenüber. In Waren startet das ...
|Bertelsmann Stiftung recommends reform of European sovereign debt rules
According to a recent study conducted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Prognos AG, the Fiscal Compact signed by 25 EU member states in early March leaves much to be desired when it comes to promoting economic growth. The study “Maastricht 2.0” criticizes the Compact’s ...
|Aart De Geus Becomes New Chairman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung
On 23 August Chancellor Angela Merkel launched a media campaign, “Ich will Europa” (“I want Europe”) with a video message from Berlin. The campaign, which is taking place against the backdrop of increasing criticism of the EU and the euro, emphasizes the advantages of ...
|No Big Deal
Then, millions worldwide closely followed the Obama-McCain match-up. Friends, family and colleagues far and wide constantly called, seeking insight into America’s upcoming vote. My e-mail inbox was flooded. As election day approached, it seemed everyone I knew wanted ...
|Whose permission do we need to be free?
When we think of democracy, those of us who live in democratic societies lay back, relaxed, with a smug smile on our faces. “Yeah, I’m cool, it’s pretty free around here”, we seem to say as we pity the unfortunate fools that had the bad luck to be born in some ...