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BTI Summer Series

Iran and Saudi Arabia: Political hardliners boosting tensions

Sunnis against Shi’ites, Saudi Arabia against Iran – the Middle East is rife with tensions carrying unpredictable effects. In the last installment of our BTI Summer Series, guest author Jan Claudius Völkel explains the political and religious conflicts between the two countries.

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SGI 2016

Challenges for OECD and EU countries increase, while problem-solving abilities are in decline

Reform capacity of the government, quality of democracy and rule-of-law or level of social inclusion – every year the Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI) examine the future viability of the OECD and EU member states. The Nordic countries are still best equipped for the future, but their top position is wavering. The consequences of the economic and financial crisis are still drastic, especially in the Eurozone. With national populism on the rise in several countries, the refugee challenge poses a real test for the EU. read more

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BTI summer series

Mongolia: The Hidden Welfare Champion?

On occasion of the world’s largest civil society gathering, we look at an unknown star of social policy: Mongolia. read more

Die Erdkugel vom Weltall aus betrachtet.


Countries need to act urgently to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Our Index about the UN Sustainable Development Goals shows: In all examined countries there's still a need for action. read more


Aart De Geus on the result of the British EU referendum

The British people have decided to leave the European Union. Our chairman and CEO Aart De Geus comments on the result. read more