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A cross-national study conducted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) in leading industrialized nations highlights good practices in implementing a successful innovation policy and strategies for (re)vitalizing Germany and Europe's innovative strength.

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Innovation is crucial to prosperity, and to solving the urgent societal problems of our time. However, Germany needs more innovative capacity if it wants to continue to keep pace with other countries and regions across the globe – particularly with regard to cutting-edge technologies.

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Are people in Europe rather positive or negative towards innovation? What do they think about expanding European cooperation on innovation? In their opinion, which technology areas deserve particular attention? Our infographics provide further insight.

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When it comes to world-class patents in important cutting-edge technologies, the United States still occupies the leading position in almost every field. But China is catching up fast or has already overtaken the United States in some areas thanks to its much greater dynamic. This is the central finding of our new study on the development of national and regional portfolios of patents in cutting-edge technologies since 2000.

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Germany’s Mittelstand and Israel’s startups need more and better opportunities to connect if they want to tap the potential that partnerships can offer. Our infographics explain which areas contain the most potentials, which requirements an innovation platform must fulfill, and what such a digital-analogue platform might look like.

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Cultural diversity? Challenging, full of opportunities, surprising, interesting, threatening – sometimes, normal, enriching, common, inspirational, exhausting – but also fun, always there – always different. Our opening film of the award ceremony for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018 provides a variety of ideas and views.