Group photo of the 2015 German-Spanish forum.


German-Spanish Forum 2015: Both countries benefit from close bilateral relations

Solidarity among EU member states and close bilateral relations are more important than ever. That was the unanimous opinion expressed at the German-Spanish Forum held on November 17 and 18 in Berlin. Felipe VI, King of Spain, and German President Joachim Gauck served as patrons for the event.

Eine Menschenmenge geht durch die Fußgängerzone einer großen Stadt.


Europe's citizens see EU as guarantor of the welfare state

From Lisbon to Helsinki, people are both hopeful and fearful when it comes to the future of the welfare state. Above all, they are worried about pensions and elder care. A majority is counting on the EU to preserve social welfare standards and would even like Brussels to take a more active role. read more

Social Justice Index

European economic and debt crisis: Children and young people are hardest hit

Our Social Justice Index 2015 shows: In the EU, some 26 million children and young people are threatened by poverty or social exclusion. read more

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Online Magazine

change Story: the Bertelsmann Stiftung's digital magazine

The first issue of our brandnew digital magazine is dedicated to the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. We offer an informative behind-the-scenes look with mezzo-soprano Nadezhda Karyazina. read more


NEUE STIMMEN 2015: Highlights of the Final

The curtain has fallen: French soprano Elsa Dreisig and bass Anatoli Sivko of Belarus have won the 18th international NEUE STIMMEN 2015 singing competition. The film shows scenes from the finals, the week of competitions and the voices of the winners and jury. read more