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Study: Thirty years later: East and West split over German unification

After three decades, Germans in the East and West still have very different perspectives on reunification and a unified Germany. This is the finding of our current study. However, the distinction between “East” and “West” is eroding with the shift in generations.

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Study: Social cohesion improves during coronavirus crisis

Findings from the Social Cohesion Radar 2020 show that social cohesion in Germany remained robust during the coronavirus crisis and actually increased in the first few months following the outbreak of the pandemic.  At the same time, however, the crisis has rendered differences more visible and exacerbated the problems faced by certain groups in society.

Study: Social cohesion in Baden-Württemberg: strong and stable – but not for everyone

More than 80 percent of people in Baden-Württemberg perceive social cohesion in their community to be either good or very good. A representative survey of 1,398 people shows that cohesion in the federal state remained stable in the period between 2017 and 2019. For some groups in society, however, life circumstances remain challenging.

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Event: Trying Times 2019: Rethinking Social Cohesion

Social cohesion is essential to creating communities that enable an inclusive sense of belonging. The megatrends of globalization, digitalization and demographic change pose challenges to the cohesion that has proved essential to communities around the world. The “Trying Times – Rethinking Social Cohesion” conference held in Berlin September 4-6, 2019 provided a forum for some 80 participants from 22 countries to network as they share their experiences with social cohesion and learn from each other.

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Panel Discussion and Study: Is waning trust putting social cohesion at risk?

On January 17, 2019, representatives of the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Das Progressive Zentrum met in Berlin with roughly 50 experts from the realms of politics, public administration and science to discuss social cohesion and declining trust in institutions.

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study: Germany's cities and cultural diversity: from inexperienced to dynamic

Highly qualified bankers from the EU, "guest workers" from Turkey, refugees from Syria – Germany's cities are experiencing cultural diversity in a variety of ways, and their responses are equally distinct. The communities range from mostly homogenous small and midsized cities to mega-diverse metropolises that benefit from the numerous cultures present there.