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Sustainable policymaking at risk due to rising political polarization

Despite many global challenges more and more industrialized nations are unable to solve problems in a constructive way. And: Whether Trump, Erdogan, Orban or Szydlo - an independent parliament, judiciary and media doesn't count much for them. Instead they agitate against minorities and other countries. With partners like that international cooperation is getting more complicated.



US economic isolation hurts the global economy – and the US itself

"America first!" was the slogan US President Donald Trump used to announce a turnaround in American foreign and trade policy. How would looming economic isolation impact the American economy and the rest of the world? New simulation results show: protectionism in international trade is a loss-making venture.

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Rule of Law in Poland and Hungary: "Our fundamental values are under attack"

Hungary and Poland are violating core principles of law in the EU and are neglecting the rulings of the European Court of Justice. Viviane Reding, former Vice President of the European Commission and member of our Board of Trustees, on how the European Union should react to that. read more

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Germans are more optimistic about their future than their European neighbours

Refugee crisis, Brexit and populism have fostered the need for stability among Germans. This shows our new "eupinions" study. read more

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40 Years Bertelsmann Stiftung

For 40 years, we have been committed helping everbody to be part of the society. Our anniversary year is dedicated to "Inspiring people. Shaping the future" - with numerous events and activities.  read more


40 Years of the Bertelsmann Stiftung

Since its founding in 1977, the Bertelsmann Stiftung's mission has been to identify social trends and problems in order to develop sustainable solutions. read more