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Two Iraqi children who fled with their families from approaching ISIS fighters to the Aski Kalak refugee camp. The older girl carries the younger boy on her arm. In the background one can see big tents.
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Iraq and Syria: Diversity threatened and destroyed

ISIS – Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – has been in headlines everywhere recently. But what made it possible for Islamist terrorists to gain so much power in both Arab countries? In his background analysis, Christian-Peter Hanelt, Middle East expert at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, provides answers to that question and others.



Panel Discussion Gütersloh / Brüssel - 22/07/2014

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'? These were just some of the questions debated at a conference which was held on the 20 June in Brussels.

Supporters of B.J.P.(Bharty janta party ) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi drinks tea at local tea stall in Srinagar, Kashmir to start his election camping Gütersloh - 14/07/2014

The Electoral Verdict and After: The Road Ahead for India

The decisive victory of the BJP in the 2014 Indian general elections came as a surprise to many. Most opinion polls, which had predicted a win for the BJP, had not anticipated the scale of the party's victory. A new Policy Brief examines the election results and the new government in India.

An eye behind a keyhole Guetersloh / Washington - 10/07/2014

"Obama's Choice"

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 clarification of and an end to such intelligence activities, the whole of German-American relations are jeopardized.

Jinping and Merkel in front of the chinese and the european flag. Gütersloh - 04/07/2014

Policy Brief analyzes challenges and opportunities of Chinese investment

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 open investment environment.

Picture of the 32 participants. Gütersloh - 03/07/2014

"A Wall through the Mediterranean Sea?"

"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 member states and North Africa at the first Young Leaders for Europe Forum.


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