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Press Release 09/12/2017

US economic isolation is detrimental to the global economy – and above all to the US itself

Gütersloh (Germany), 12 September 2017. Since Donald Trump was elected, there has been a growing risk of US trade policy increasingly relying on protectionist measures. The aim of this isolationist policy is to secure jobs and income at home. In reality, however, higher import duties and other import obstacles would mean that weakening of international trade triggered by the US would incur a loss of income worldwide, especially in the US. In the worst-case scenario for the United States, annual US economic output would drop by 2.3 percent in the long term. In today's terms, this would result in a loss of gross domestic product (GDP) to the tune of USD 415 billion. This is the key finding of a recent study by the ifo Institute on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. read more


Press Release 09/06/2017

Germans are more optimistic about their future than their European neighbours

Gütersloh (Germany), 6 September 2017. Unity and satisfaction at a time of upheaval – this, in a nutshell, describes the prevailing mood in Germany, according to the latest "eupinions" opinion poll by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. What is striking is that the Germans feel significantly more positive than their European neighbours and that they rate their own country much more highly than the EU. Moreover, the political centre is stronger in Germany than it is in any of the other major EU countries. The opinion poll results are representative of the EU as a whole as well as the six largest member states France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Poland and Spain read more


Press Release 08/24/2017

Clear Progress for Integration of Muslims in Western Europe

Gütersloh, August 24, 2017. The integration of Muslim immigrants in Western Europe is making clear progress. By the second generation at the latest, the majority have entered mainstream society. This is evident in the findings of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Religion Monitor 2017, which investigated the language competence, education, working life and interreligious contacts of Muslims in France, the UK, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The successful integration is all the more notable because none of these five countries offer consistently good opportunities for participation, and Muslims encounter open rejection from about one fifth of the population. read more

Besim Mazhiqi

Press Release 08/23/2017

Three decades of NEUE STIMMEN: 42 opera talents to compete in anniversary-year final round

Gütersloh – August 23, 2017. Forty-two young opera singers from 26 countries have successfully competed in the preliminary auditions for the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. They have been invited to participate in the event's final round, which will be held from October 7 to 14, 2017, in Gütersloh. "We have discovered young opera talents from a wide range of cultures and nations. What they share across all linguistic and cultural borders is their talent and passion for opera. The NEUE STIMMEN final round will allow them to measure themselves against each other while continuing their artistic and personal development," said Liz Mohn, president of NEUE STIMMEN and vice-chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board. read more

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Press Release 08/21/2017

2017 Salzburg Trilogue: Actively managing globalization

Gütersloh / Salzburg, August 20, 2017. The 2017 Salzburg Trilogue, sponsored organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, dealt with the complex phenomena presented by globalization. The topic of the conference was "A Closer Look at Globalization – The Positive and Negative Facets of a Complex Phenomenon." The debate focused not only on international trade and manufacturing, but also on the free exchange of ideas and knowledge, the reciprocal influences of cultures and traditions, as well as international migration. read more

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Press Release 07/25/2017

Majority of German voters do not hold populist views

Gütersloh, July 25, 2017. People with fundamentally anti-establishment and anti-pluralist attitudes are not in the majority in Germany. Although almost 30 percent of the country's voters hold populist views, most voters reject populist positions (36.9 percent) or endorse them only to a limited extent (33.9 percent). One notable finding is that Germany’s populists tend to be moderate and do not endorse radical ideas. They do not fundamentally reject democratic institutions or those of the EU, but merely criticize their functioning. "The political climate in the run-up to the federal election is anything but 'a populist moment'," says Aart De Geus, CEO and Chairman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. This becomes even more obvious with regards to the rejection of radical populist priorities by the eligble voters: "For established political parties, catering to extremist populist opinions in their election campaigns is not worthwhile," adds Robert Vehrkamp, democracy expert at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, who authored the study together with Christopher Wratil (University of Cologne).
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Press Release 07/06/2017

Ahead of G20 summit: 'my country first' approach threatens achievement of global goals

Gütersloh, 6 July 2017. Ahead of the G20 meeting in Hamburg the newly published SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2017 illustrates that world leaders need to strengthen their joint efforts to realize the global goals. Not only does a rising trend of nationalism and protectionism impede the implementation of the goals, but as the report shows, industrialized countries are not serving as role models. Many of the richest countries in the world are nowhere near achieving the global policy objectives but also deteriorate the implementation process for poorer countries because of negative spillover effects. read more

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Press Release 06/29/2017

Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 awarded to Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Gütersloh, June 29, 2017. Toomas Hendrik Ilves (63), the former president of Estonia, received the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Reinhard Mohn Prize on Thursday. The topic for the 2017 prize was "Smart Country – Connected. Intelligent. Digital." Liz Mohn, vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, presented the €200,000 award. "Digitalization must be actively managed every day," she said. "This is a challenge that civil society and policymakers can meet only in dialogue with the business community. Ilves has done exactly that, making him a worthy recipient of the Reinhard Mohn Prize." read more

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Press Release 05/05/2017

France before the election: Polarized voters view future with skepticism

Gütersloh, May 5th 2017. The political gap between French voters is deeper than in the rest of Europe. Compared with the entire EU, the political center in France is considerably smaller and the political margins more pronounced. Every fifth person in France (20 per cent) describes themselves as politically extreme. Some 14 per cent defined themselves as extreme right and 6 per cent as extreme left. That is considerably more than in the EU overall, where 7 per cent of those surveyed placed themselves on the edges of the political spectrum. At the same time, the right-of-center electorate sees the future with greater pessimism than all other voter groups. They also reject politics in their country, feel economically dependent and mostly have anti-European attitudes. In this respect, they are clearly different from voters in the center and on the left. This is the result from the latest edition of eupinions for the 11,021 Europeans asked about their political views: results which are representative for the EU and for France. read more

Besim Mazhiqi

Press Release 04/27/2017

Gütersloh-based NEUE STIMMEN opera competition more international than ever in its anniversary year

Gütersloh – April 27, 2017. Worldwide interest among up-and-coming opera singers for the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition continues to grow. This year, 1,430 singers from 76 nations applied to participate. "The large number of applications is impressive proof of how many young opera talents recognize and are making use of the opportunity that the competition offers," said Liz Mohn, president of NEUE STIMMEN and vice-chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board. "I am indeed a little proud to see the continued high level of recognition given to the international singing competition with its professional and fair conditions, and how it serves as an important bridge between peoples, religions and cultures." read more