Putin before his re-election – increasing the dose of nationalism

In Russia, there is no doubt as to Vladimir Putin's re-election next Sunday. A high turnout, however, is doubtful. The only serious challenger, Alexei Navalny, who is not admitted as a candidate, is calling for an election boycott. Putin is mobilizing by demonstrating Russia's military clout. A commentary by our Senior Expert for Eastern Europe, Miriam Kosmehl.

Group photo of the four members of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Executive Board, Aart De Geus, Liz Mohn, Brigitte Mohn and Jörg Dräger.

Annual report

Promoting reform in times of change

In 2017, 40 years after its founding, our foundation was actively engaged in some 70 projects. A greater focus will now be put on the megatrends of digitization, globalization and demographic change, according to our Executive Board at the presentation of the annual report. read more

During his speech, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is standing at the lectern in our Berlin office.


"Europe is not a menu for choosing what you like"

In a keynote speech given in Berlin, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte invoked the spirit of European cooperation. He had come to the German capital at our invitation to share his ideas on the future of the European Union. read more

In front of the Reichstag building in Berlin there is a sign pointing to a polling station.


Bundestag election results reveal new line of conflict in Germany’s democracy

The social divide in voter turnout for an election of Germany’s federal parliament noticeably decreased. However, the election results reveal a new line of conflict. 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