|Greece’s Path out of Crisis?
At a special summit held on July 21, the heads of state and government in the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund agreed on a new rescue package for Greece. The private sector will shoulder part of the burden, broadening the menu of options for easing the ...
|Happy Birthday, Liz Mohn!
In the best of health, Liz Mohn recently celebrated her 70th birthday in the company of her family and closest friends. Following the death of her husband, Reinhard Mohn, in October 2009, she is now responsible for Bertelsmann AG, the media group that employs more ...
|Reinhard Mohn Prize Awarded to Brazilian Citizen Participation Project
The Brazilian city of Recife has been awarded the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Reinhard Mohn Prize -- the first time the prize has been given. The city's mayor João da Costa Bezerra Filho accepted the €150,000 award today from Liz Mohn, vice-chair of the Bertelsmann ...
|Innovative Solutions to Global Challenges
How can schools in threshold countries become equipped with computers? Which is more effective for dealing with acute hunger crises: food coupons or cash payouts? How could land rights help lift up to 500 million people out of poverty? These present only some of the ...
|Westerwelle Calls for More Engagement With the Arab World
Germany and the EU should support change in the Arab world through projects that offer the region clear prospects for social and economic change. That was the message delivered at a conference organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung in Rabat, Morocco. “We expect the ...
|Europe’s Role in Today’s Middle East
After decades of authoritarian-enforced stagnation, people in the Arab world are now fighting for the rule of law, the right to be heard politically and a new, democratic future. What role is Europe playing in these efforts?
|NEUE STIMMEN 2011: 1,422 Applications From Around the Globe
A total of 1,422 up-and-coming opera singers have applied to compete in the 14th NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition, organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. The preliminary-round auditions, held in cities all around the globe, will begin on April 29 in ...
|Dialogue on Global Challenges
The Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) will now be collaborating to organize the Global Economic Symposium (GES). The agreement for this long-term partnership was recently signed by Dr. Gunter Thielen, chairman and CEO of the ...
|Third Annual Bertelsmann Foundation Conference
The state of the world economy was again the focus of the Bertelsmann Foundation North America’s largest annual event as 200 influential government representatives, business executives and representatives of the academic, think-tank and media communities gathered at ...
|Reinhard Mohn Prize Awarded for First Time
The Brazilian city of Recife (population 1.7 million) is the initial recipient of the €150,000 Reinhard Mohn Prize, which is being awarded for the first time in 2011. The city is being recognized for its exemplary approach to citizen participation, which uses ...
|OECD in Comparison: Germany Well Prepared for the Future
Germany is better prepared for the future than many other members of the OECD. That is the conclusion reached by a study released as part of the Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI), a Bertelsmann Stiftung project that compares the 31 OECD member states in terms of ...
|Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011: Deliberative Democracy’s Brightest and Best
This year, following a global search, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is honoring the most effective approaches to increasing civic engagement. Here we present the seven finalists for the 2011 Reinhard Mohn Prize.
|'American Voices' Series Launched With Rare-Earths Briefing
The Bertelsmann Foundation North America and the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Brussels office jointly launched their series of “American Voices” briefings in the European Parliament (EP) on February 4 with a discussion on rare-earths policy.
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...