Press Release 11/16/2017

Nosedive halted: recovery on the labour market improves social justice in the EU

Gütersloh, November 16 , 2017. A discernible upward trend is emerging in the EU as regards social justice. This improvement in opportunities for social participation is mainly being driven by a marked recovery on the labour markets. Labour market data has improved year on year in 26 of the 28 EU states. The EU's average unemployment rate fell to 8.7 per cent in 2016, having stood at 11 per cent in 2013 at the height of the social crisis. However, the recovery is proceeding at two different speeds: the gap between northern and southern Europe remains substantial. Especially in the crisis-hit countries in the South, an above-average proportion of children and young people remain at risk of poverty and exclusion. These are the findings of the Social Justice Index 2017 – a tool which has been used annually since 2008 to analyse participation opportunities in the EU on the basis of 38 economic and social criteria. The Scandinavian countries Denmark, Sweden and Finland are once again at the top of the table this year. Despite some improvements, Greece continues to bring up the rear.

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Press Release 10/15/2017

Svetlina Stoyanova and Cho ChanHee win 2017 NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition

Gütersloh – October 15, 2017. Svetlina Stoyanova, Mezzo-Soprano from Bulgaria and Bass Cho ChanHee from South Korea are the winners of the NEUE STIMMEN competition in its anniversary year. The two singers will receive a cash award of €15,000 each and an outstanding opportunity to pursue a career as an opera singer. On Saturday, five up-and-coming female singers and five rising male singers competed in the finals. The top three female and top three male performers received cash awards totaling €60,000. Additional prizes were awarded to the other finalists. read more

Besim Mazhiqi

Press Release 10/05/2017

NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition celebrates 30th anniversary and further develops support for young opera singers

Gütersloh – October 5, 2017. For 30 years, the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition has served as a springboard and renowned platform for exceptionally talented next-generation singers. Initiated in 1987 with the goal of discovering well-trained young artists, above all in Europe, the competition has grown rapidly in the last three decades: In its first year, 36 singers applied to participate, while 1,430 contestants from 76 countries registered to take part in this year's anniversary event. Moreover, during the 17 competitions held, over 15,000 young talents have applied to participate. As the world of opera has grown increasingly international, NEUE STIMMEN has also continued to develop, with preliminary auditions, which are led by members of the NEUE STIMMEN jury, now taking place around the globe. In 2017, they were held in 24 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Riga, Shanghai, London, Toronto, Moscow, Cape Town, Sydney and Berlin. Over the last three decades, 962 singers from  preliminary round auditions have been invited to Gütersloh for the final round. read more

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Press Release 09/12/2017

US economic isolation is detrimental to the global economy – and above all to the US itself

Gütersloh (Germany), 12 September 2017. Since Donald Trump was elected, there has been a growing risk of US trade policy increasingly relying on protectionist measures. The aim of this isolationist policy is to secure jobs and income at home. In reality, however, higher import duties and other import obstacles would mean that weakening of international trade triggered by the US would incur a loss of income worldwide, especially in the US. In the worst-case scenario for the United States, annual US economic output would drop by 2.3 percent in the long term. In today's terms, this would result in a loss of gross domestic product (GDP) to the tune of USD 415 billion. This is the key finding of a recent study by the ifo Institute on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. read more


Press Release 09/06/2017

Germans are more optimistic about their future than their European neighbours

Gütersloh (Germany), 6 September 2017. Unity and satisfaction at a time of upheaval – this, in a nutshell, describes the prevailing mood in Germany, according to the latest "eupinions" opinion poll by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. What is striking is that the Germans feel significantly more positive than their European neighbours and that they rate their own country much more highly than the EU. Moreover, the political centre is stronger in Germany than it is in any of the other major EU countries. The opinion poll results are representative of the EU as a whole as well as the six largest member states France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Poland and Spain read more


Press Release 08/24/2017

Clear Progress for Integration of Muslims in Western Europe

Gütersloh, August 24, 2017. The integration of Muslim immigrants in Western Europe is making clear progress. By the second generation at the latest, the majority have entered mainstream society. This is evident in the findings of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Religion Monitor 2017, which investigated the language competence, education, working life and interreligious contacts of Muslims in France, the UK, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The successful integration is all the more notable because none of these five countries offer consistently good opportunities for participation, and Muslims encounter open rejection from about one fifth of the population. read more

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Press Release 08/23/2017

Three decades of NEUE STIMMEN: 42 opera talents to compete in anniversary-year final round

Gütersloh – August 23, 2017. Forty-two young opera singers from 26 countries have successfully competed in the preliminary auditions for the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. They have been invited to participate in the event's final round, which will be held from October 7 to 14, 2017, in Gütersloh. "We have discovered young opera talents from a wide range of cultures and nations. What they share across all linguistic and cultural borders is their talent and passion for opera. The NEUE STIMMEN final round will allow them to measure themselves against each other while continuing their artistic and personal development," said Liz Mohn, president of NEUE STIMMEN and vice-chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board. read more

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Press Release 08/21/2017

2017 Salzburg Trilogue: Actively managing globalization

Gütersloh / Salzburg, August 20, 2017. The 2017 Salzburg Trilogue, sponsored organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, dealt with the complex phenomena presented by globalization. The topic of the conference was "A Closer Look at Globalization – The Positive and Negative Facets of a Complex Phenomenon." The debate focused not only on international trade and manufacturing, but also on the free exchange of ideas and knowledge, the reciprocal influences of cultures and traditions, as well as international migration. read more

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Press Release 07/25/2017

Majority of German voters do not hold populist views

Gütersloh, July 25, 2017. People with fundamentally anti-establishment and anti-pluralist attitudes are not in the majority in Germany. Although almost 30 percent of the country's voters hold populist views, most voters reject populist positions (36.9 percent) or endorse them only to a limited extent (33.9 percent). One notable finding is that Germany’s populists tend to be moderate and do not endorse radical ideas. They do not fundamentally reject democratic institutions or those of the EU, but merely criticize their functioning. "The political climate in the run-up to the federal election is anything but 'a populist moment'," says Aart De Geus, CEO and Chairman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. This becomes even more obvious with regards to the rejection of radical populist priorities by the eligble voters: "For established political parties, catering to extremist populist opinions in their election campaigns is not worthwhile," adds Robert Vehrkamp, democracy expert at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, who authored the study together with Christopher Wratil (University of Cologne).
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Press Release 07/06/2017

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

Gütersloh, 6 July 2017. Ahead of the G20 meeting in Hamburg the newly published SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2017 illustrates that world leaders need to strengthen their joint efforts to realize the global goals. Not only does a rising trend of nationalism and protectionism impede the implementation of the goals, but as the report shows, industrialized countries are not serving as role models. Many of the richest countries in the world are nowhere near achieving the global policy objectives but also deteriorate the implementation process for poorer countries because of negative spillover effects. read more