DG Azevêdo Receives Experts’ Report on Future of Global Trade Governance

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met on 17 July with representatives of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s High-Level Board of Experts to receive their report on the Future of Global Trade Governance. The report outlines four complementary avenues that can be pursued to revitalize the WTO as a forum for trade cooperation and conflict resolution. read more...



Poor Implementation: Rich countries risk achievement of the global goals

Three years after the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN member states, the global community already risks to fall short on achieving the global goals. Though many countries are progressing, it is especially the rich countries of the G20, which need to strengthen their efforts, as a lack of national implementation mechanisms and negative spillover effects threaten the global achievement. read more...


Trying to Keep Pace with the U.S. And China

Europe's Tech Race

Being a leading tech innovator is vital to secure global influence in the future. But can Europe catch up with the U.S. and China? read more...


German businesses in China are socially engaged

Award Ceremony

The German and Chinese economies are now interconnected in ways that go far beyond production processes, supply chains and sales structures – something demonstrated by the growing number of social projects at this year’s More than a Market Awards.  read more...



Industrialized Countries are the Winners of Globalization

The retreat into the national sphere is in vogue – especially in the industrialized countries: The election results between Washington and Berlin reflect citizens' concerns about the negative consequences of globalization. However, our Globalization Report 2018 shows that the winners of globalization are often at home where the criticism of globalization is loudest: in the industrialized countries. read more...



People want a Safety Net for Globalization and Trade

Since Donald Trump became US President, the commitment to free trade is no longer self-evident. In many countries it made way for a protectionist reflex, not only in the US. But are the citizens buying this new narrative? Our international survey analyses what people actually think about globalization, trade and protectionism. read more...


BTI 2018

Democracy under Pressure: Polarization and Repression Are Increasing Worldwide

Restrictions on free speech, unfair elections and populist hunger for power – it is by no means just autocrats who have been tightening the screw of repression. Governments in democracies have also increasingly been trying to govern with a hard hand. And social division is deeper than it has been for a long time. Our current Transformation Index BTI shows what is behind this development, and which countries have been particularly affected. read more...



What holds Asian societies together?

Economic development and prosperity strengthen social cohesion in Asia, poverty and discrimination against women weaken it. This is the conclusion of a study commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, which for the first time examined the cohesion of 22 societies in South, Southeast and East Asia (SSEA). According to the study, cohesion is strongest in Hong Kong and Singapore, followed by Thailand and Bhutan. read more...


Pyeongchang 2018

Peaceful Olympics amid Thawing Tensions

On 9 February the Pyeongchang Olympics will be opened. This means that South Korea will be the first country examined by the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) to host both summer and winter games. We fact-check the 2018 Olympics through the looking glass of selected criteria and indicators of our index, which will be published in March. read more...


Vision Europe Summit 2017

Policy recommendations to make everybody benefit from globalization

Globalization brought growth and prosperity to many countries, but not all citizens benefited from it. This conference declaration contains policy recommendations expressed by leaders of eight European Think Tanks and foundations in order to turn more people into winners of globalization. read more...



Europeans see the EU as a protective umbrella in the era of globalization

Right-wing conservative parties are mobilizing votes throughout Europe with their criticism of globalization and the EU. By contrast, centrist parties cannot agree about how best to respond to this policy of rejection. The current edition of eupinions shows what Europeans think about globalization and the role the EU should play. read more...


Vision Europe Summit 2017

Better distributing the benefits of globalization

The participants of the third Vision Europe Summit discussed policies which can contribute to a better distribution of the benefits of globalization. The debates highlighted a fair trade policy and instruments of social and labour market policy which enable citizens to cope with change. read more...



How German SMEs can benefit from the Startup Nation Israel

Our new study shows far-reaching potential in the close cooperation between German and Israeli businesses – efforts which, to date, have been underutilized. Highlighting Israel's innovative dynamism, the study also offers German businesses engagement strategies facilitative in securing potential Israeli partners. read more...


Vision Europe Summit

Summit discussion: How can everyone benefit from globalization?

Globalization is supposed to bring progress, but some people are being left behind. How can the gains resulting from the globe's growing interdependencies be distributed without certain social groups or regions losing out? That is the topic that participants will discuss on November 14 and 15 at the Vision Europe Summit in Turin – with a Nobel Prize laureate, among others. Be part of the gathering as it's streamed live! read more...


"Inspiring Innovation"

The German-Israeli Young Leaders Exchange in Israel

Innovation is the catchword on everyone's lips. Israel in particular is considered to be one of the world's leading ecosystems for startups and new technologies. This year's German-Israeli Young Leaders Exchange, held under the theme "inspiring innovation", focused on the basic conditions needed for a successful innovation ecosystem, as well as on innovation's impact on the economy and society.  read more...



Boosting Trade in Services in the Digitalisation Era: Potential and Obstacles

While international trade in goods is stagnating, the exchange of digital services has been growing strongly over the past years. Some European economies harness the potential of this growth market well – but others lag behind. A new study identifies which countries can make better use of their potential and from which countries they can learn. read more...


SDG Index

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

Two years after the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN member states, leaders at the G20 summit in Hamburg must strengthen the commitment towards these historic global goals. A rising "my country first" approach by many heads of government threatens the realization of the SDGs. Even worse: International spillover effects caused by many industrialized countries impede many developing countries from fulfilling their obligations. read more...



Indian high-skilled migrants and international students in Germany

Similar to the US and UK, immigration from India plays an important role in Germany. India became the second most important country of origin of international students and the most important country of origin of high-skilled migrants in Germany in 2015. A new study of the Bertelsmann Stiftung conducted by the University of Bielefeld, examines motivations, intentions of stay and development effects of migration from India to Germany for economic and education purposes. read more...


Asia Policy Brief

Can Modi make the elephant dance?

Narendra Modi's commendable plan to transform India's welfare system and bring in sustainable development through radical market-driven reforms is challenged by infrastructure bottlenecks and the realities of rural India. read more...



How real is innovation in India?

Indian innovation and its impact on developed nations is a topic of increasing relevance in today's world. A recent study published by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and carried out by the international consulting firm Roland Berger illustrates the landscape of innovation in India and offers recommendations for establishing meaningful innovation cooperation between Germany and India. read more...



Europe's companies consider themselves disadvantaged compared to Asia

"Made in Europe" under pressure: With innovative technologies and business models companies from newly industrialized Asian countries like China or India are challenging their European competitors. Europe's entrepreneurs say that the competition is more and more unbalanced  - and wish for a stronger support by politics. read more...



Europe needs China – and vice versa

Beginning December 11, China expects the EU to treat it like a country with market economy status – as laid out in the agreement Beijing signed when it joined the WTO in 2001. This is giving rise to concerns that European companies might no longer be sufficiently protected from inexpensive Chinese exports. The current situation is more than just a maneuvering for economic advantage. It is also a game of power politics. read more...



Globalisation fears weigh heavily on European voters

Protest voters and populist politicians are shaking up the long-established political majorities in Europe and the USA. But what prompts voters to back parties who claim that they alone represent the interests of the people and are challenging the so-called establishment? A representative EU opinion poll attempts to uncover the reasons. read more...


Social Justice Index 2016

“The Upswing isn’t Reaching Everyone”

We spoke with the authors of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s 2016 Social Justice Index about growing opportunities for social participation in Europe and why many people are in danger of poverty despite successes on the labor market. read more...


Asia Briefing

Gangnam Blues: South Korea between Boom and Crisis

South Korea is the prime example of an emerging economy, which has managed to become a modern economic hub - initially through manufacturing, later through innovation. Recently, however, the South Korean economy and government have drifted into a crisis, which has become most visible in the problems of the Samsung Group with its latest smartphone model, the Galaxy Note 7 and the massive protests against President Park Geun-hye. read more...



The globalization engine loses momentum

Opened borders, dismantled trade barriers, communication across the globe in real-time – up until now globalization has only known one direction of impact: bigger, quicker, further. But since 2007 the international community has become less interconnected. The 2016 Globalization Report shows how this has affected the development of per-capita income in industrialized and emerging countries. read more...


BTI summer series

Mongolia: The Hidden Welfare Champion?

The World Social Forum will convene in Montreal from August 9-14. On occasion of the world’s largest civil society gathering, we look at an unknown star of social policy: Mongolia. Capitalizing on its mineral wealth, the country has set out to become a leading welfare state amongst emerging and developing countries. read more...


BTI summer series

Political doping: Brazil on the eve of the Olympic Games

Hardly any other country included in the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index (BTI) has been as diligent in combating corruption as Brazil. Indeed, the country's prosecutors need all the resolve they can muster: Brazil's political system has recently been shaken by several bribery scandals, which have contributed to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. An analysis. read more...


Asia Policy Brief

The End of Panda Politics

Germany enjoys a special relationship with China – for now. The more political and economic competition that takes place between them, the more Germany will have to prepare for conflicts. Yet the instruments Germany has at its disposal for achieving its considerable interests have often been weak at best. read more...



Turkey and the EU have to expand their trade

EU-Turkey relations are currently burdened. Also the trade relationship between Brussels and Ankara may soon be tested: TTIP and other proposed EU free-trade agreements would be to Turkey's disadvantage as a non-EU member country. read more...



Brexit: What happens now? An overview

The Brexit is on its way, now that a majority of British voters have said they want to leave the European Union. We examined the impact Britain's departure will have on the United Kingdom and Europe. Here is an overview. read more...

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Award Ceremony

China has long been more than a market for German companies

China is Germany's most important economic partner in Asia. Exports to the People's Republic account for about 2 percent of Germany's gross domestic product. For many companies, however, China has long been more than just a market. German enterprises are getting involved and supporting Chinese society, and a number of them have now been recognized for their efforts. read more...

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Social Engagement of German companies in China

Videos from our Awards Ceremony in Shanghai

Within the last decades, China has made unprecedented progress in many areas. Hundreds of thousands have been lifted out of poverty and given the chance to play an active role in the country’s progress. However, China still faces enormous challenges. Social exclusion, left-behind and underprivileged children and a huge gap between the level of development in urbanized areas and the countryside are just some of the most pressing concerns the country has to deal with today. read more...


BTI 2016

And the winner is … Taiwan

Ranking at the top of the BTI Status Index, Taiwan's transformation from an authoritarian developing country to a thriving democracy and market economy deserves special attention. What are the recipes for the island state's political and economic success? read more...

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Five steps to successful integration

The influx of refugees is an omnipresent topic in Germany. Each day brings new challenges – and new reactions. Creativity and expertise are needed if we are to respond effectively to both the large number of newcomers and society's needs in general. The Bertelsmann Stiftung is launching a series of projects and initiatives designed to achieve this goal.  read more...


Essay by Tridivesh Singh Maini

Why New Delhi and Islamabad Need to Get Stakeholders on Board

Interest in Pakistan cuts across party affiliations in the Indian Punjab. It is much the same story on the other side though the Pakistani Punjab is often hamstrung by political and military considerations. The border States in India and Pakistan have business, cultural and familial ties that must be harnessed by both governments to push the peace process, says Tridivesh Singh Maini. read more...

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Asia Briefing

„Modi’s Reform Agenda: A Toothless Tiger? “

A panel discussion on Modi's economic reforms was organised on the 30th November 2015 in cooperation with the journal Internationale Politik in Berlin. The panel of well-known experts from academia, politics and media included Dr Sandra Destradi (senior fellow, German Institute of Global and Area Studies), Mr Michael Steiner (former German ambassador to India) and Mr Raghavan Srinivasan (senior associate editor of The Hindu Businessline). read more...


Asia Policy Brief

Modi’s Reform Agenda: Change You Can Believe In?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi entered office with a historic political mandate. For the first time in thirty years, a single party won a majority of seats in the lower house of Parliament (Lok Sabha). However, Modi faced sky-high expectations to fulfill his campaign promises of getting India's economy back on track. Eighteen months into his government's term and in the wake of electoral defeats in Delhi and Bihar, questions are being raised about its economic performance. read more...

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Initiative and Award

China - More than a Market

The German Chamber of Commerce in China, Shanghai, together with the Bertelsmann Stiftung and supported by the German Consulate in Shanghai, have started the initiative "More than a Market". In 2016, the inaugural "More than a Market Awards" will be given out for exemplary social projects of German companies in China. read more...

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Trilogue Salzburg 2015

Leadership: The Key to Ensuring a Viable Future for Business and Government

International terrorism, the threat of a Grexit and the growing number of refugees – those are just three of the complex challenges facing policymakers, business leaders and civil society around the world. Today, the 2015 Trilogue Salzburg is taking a look at the kind of leaders that will be needed to respond effectively to these challenges. read more...


SGI 2015

How fit for the future are the OECD and the EU countries?

Many OECD and EU states are recovering from the crisis. But in Southern Europe the social situation remains critical. Again Greece brings up the rear of the country comparison. These are the results of the new Bertelsmann Stiftung's "Sustainable Governance Indicators 2015" (SGI).   read more...



The services sector as a growth engine for Europe

How can we further promote the economic integration of the single market? What potential for growth and jobs does the services sector offer? These are the key questions that experts discussed during a conference that was jointly organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the European Commission in Brussels. read more...


Country Ratings

INCRA ratings: US receives top marks, growth in eurozone remains fragile

Despite a weak first quarter, Germany, Italy and France will continue to grow in 2015. That is one of the findings from the new INCRA country ratings released by the Bertelsmann Foundation North America. In contrast to the situation in the United States, however, considerable downward risk exists, not least because of Greece's ongoing debt crisis. read more...

Rise of Asia

Asia Briefing

How Asia’s rise is changing the West and what it means for Germany

The rise of Asia and the ideas that lie behind it are shaping the 21st century. The hegemony of the West seems to be collapsing and with it Western norms and political ideals that many had taken for granted. These developments pose grave challenges, but they also offer opportunities to develop a new and more inclusive vantage point to look at world affairs, as the renowned author Pankaj Mishra pointed out in a public lecture organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung on 20 May 2015 in Berlin. read more...



Eurozone crisis: Schäuble demands reform, not spending

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has vigorously defended the need for structural reform and the avoidance of further spending and deficits to spur European economic growth. In a discussion hosted by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the minister also tamped down concerns about German economic health. read more...


Social Europe

Safeguarding social inclusion in the EU

SIM Europe is a social policy monitoring instrument for the EU 28. How can social imbalances in the member states be identified and redressed? How is it possible to demonstrate – including quantitatively – where national influence is dwindling and a need to legislate at the EU level is emerging? read more...


EU labor mobility

Completing the common European labor market

Despite the free movement of workers within the EU, labor migration flows in the Union remain modest. Nonetheless, greater mobility gives rise to considerable opportunities. How can we make better use of the available opportunities in the European labor market? read more...


The networked economy

Globalized trade

For several years, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has been exploring the economic aspects of globalization. In the following interview, Thieß Petersen and Jan Arpe discuss the connections and interdependencies within the global economy and take a critical look at the most important developments and risks. read more...

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Economic Dynamics and Employment

A dynamic labor market and high levels of employment are prerequisites for widespread social inclusion and sustainable growth. We are therefore addressing the challenges faced by the German and European labor markets, showing ways in which labor-market participation opportunities can be improved. read more...


Shaping Tomorrow’s World at the Young Leaders Forum

Young high-potentials from Asia and Europe discuss current affairs and future challenges at the Asia-Europe Young Leaders Forum. (YLF). Every two years Bertelsmann Stiftung organizes the Forum together with the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA). The established network lasts well beyond the YLF. read more...

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Asia Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs on Current Affairs

The informed analysis of crucial political and economic developments in Asia is at the heart of our publication series, the “Asia Policy Briefs”. Contributors are renowned experts and authors of the Bertelsmann Stiftung who reflect on the impact of events in Asia on Germany and Europe. read more...



Brazil and Germany: A 21st-Century Relationship

Brazil and Germany present many opportunities for fruitful bilateral trade and investment. This is the result of a study authored by the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Global Economic Dynamics project and a team of economists from Brazil's Fundação Getúlio Vargas. read more...


Asia Policy Brief

Going Global, Going West! Chinese Direct Investment in Germany

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. read more...

Europe Goes to the Polls

The Monetary Union is dead, long live the Monetary Union

In preparation for the European elections, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is publishing a series of analyses, commentaries and background articles. In the first part, Andrej Stuchlik, project manager in the foundation's Brussels office, discusses what has to be done to protect the euro from future crises after the elections. read more...


"A Fair Deal on Talent – Creating an Equitable System of Migration"

In today's globalized world, companies compete internationally for the best talent and people change countries to find work. In view of that, how can Germany attract the highly skilled workforce it desperately needs – and do so in a way that is both effective and fair? That is the question being addressed by the 2015 Reinhard Mohn Prize. read more...

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Multimedia Cooperation with Deutschen Welle (DW)

Winners and Losers of Global Development

Separation of powers, corruption and economic growth are all seemingly abstract concepts. But these factors shape everyday life for billions of people, and they're crucial to the success of the democratic model. "Secrets of Transformation," a series produced by Deutsche Welle, shows how people in developing and transition countries experience global change. read more...


spotlight europe

North Africa between crisis and consensus

The Arab Spring has brought people in North Africa more freedom, diversity and social and political participation. For the region's inhabitants, however, it has also meant numerous conflicts, less security and fewer jobs. The "spotlight europe" analyzes the situation in Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia und Morocco. read more...


Secrets of Transformation

Bolivia's economy is booming – while poverty increases in Pakistan

Better incomes for the poor in Bolivia and hard times in Pakistan. Those are two contrasting examples of the economic changes taking place around the globe, as detailed in Part 3 of Deutsche Welle's "Secrets of Transformation" series, based on the latest data from the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index (BTI). read more...

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Secrets of Transformation

Tunisia, Madagascar and the struggle for freedom of expression

After years of oppression, Tunisians have finally won the fight for more freedom of expression. Similarly, people in Madagascar were not heard by their leaders for years. In the final part of its series "Secrets of Transformation," Deutsche Welle puts the spotlight on these two countries. read more...


Series on Russia

How Russia became an autocracy

Russia will greet visitors from around the world with traditional hospitality when the 2014 Winter Olympics begin on Friday in Sochi. For Russians themselves, however, life has become decidedly less open. The current release of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index (BTI) rates the country as an autocracy for the first time – for limiting basic democratic rights, among other reasons. read more...


Series on Russia

Special Feature: Russia – Did you know that …?

The 2014 Winter Olympics are just around the corner, and Sochi is getting ready for the big event. A few days before the first starting gun sounds, everyone in the Russian city on the Black Sea is focused on sports. We, however, are taking a closer look at the country located in northeast Eurasia that will host the games. read more...

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Secrets of Transformation

Liberia further along in fighting corruption than Ukraine

Liberia is the winner when it comes to fighting corruption – Ukraine, the loser. That fact is made clear by the second part of the Internet series "Secrets of Transformation," the Deutsche Welle multimedia project that uses figures from the latest release of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index. read more...

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"Making Governance Innovations Travel"

The SGI project will enter phase three and publish new indicators in 2014. Daniel Schraad-Tischler and Najim Azahaf of SGI talk about the upcoming release of the SGI, the creation of a Learning Network for Governance Innovations and what the financial crisis reveals about governments' capacity for reform. read more...

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Daring to Trust

Conference on German-Chinese relations

For two days, more than 100 participants from different academic fields discussed possibilities for promoting mutual understanding between China and Germany. Liz Mohn, vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, together with the foundation’s chairman and CEO, Aart De Geus, met with the Chinese Minister of Culture Cai Wu in Beijing. read more...

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EU labour mobility

Harnessing European Labour Mobility

The study “Harnessing European labour mobility” makes policy recommendations to foster cross-border labour mobility based on a scenario analysis for labour mobility in 2025. read more...