Gütersloh, January 26, 2017. This year's Reinhard Mohn Prize "Smart Country: Connected. Intelligent. Digital." will go to Toomas Hendrik Ilves (63), the former President of Estonia. The Bertelsmann Stiftung has awarded Ilves the prize in honor of his pioneering work on the promotion of digitalization in government, education and public services. During his ten-year term of office (2006-2016), Ilves made digital transformation in Estonia a presidential responsibility, pursuing his course consistently and prudently. Estonia is now considered an exemplary digital nation. Ilves will be awarded the prize worth €200,000 at a ceremony in Gütersloh on June 29. read more
Gütersloh, February 21, 2017. Many European Union member states are failing to overcome the most urgent socio-political challenges. According to expert opinion, there is a large gap between the reforms required and those actually implemented, particularly when it comes to the education sector and the integration of foreigners. These are the main results from the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s EU Reform Barometer. This study was based on a Europe-wide survey of experts, in which over 1,000 social scientists took part. Socio-political reforms taking place between mid-2014 and the beginning of 2016 were analysed from five different angles: poverty, education, the labour market, social solidarity and non-discrimination, and health.
Gütersloh, January 23, 2017. Nadine Sierra, who won first prize at NEUE STIMMEN 2013, is now a successful and established singer in the international opera world. Last season alone, she made a string of successful debuts with the Berlin State Operas, the Met and La Scala, and the American soprano recently signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon and Universal Music Classics in the US. This year once again, young singers from around the world have the chance to lay the foundation for their own successful career by taking part in the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. The deadline for applications is March 31. read more
Gütersloh, December 12, 2016. The global innovation map is changing rapidly. New technologies, research findings and business models are increasingly originating in emerging Asian countries – China and India, in particular. This development is posing serious challenges for European companies, which need greater support from government and fair framework conditions if they are to respond effectively. Those are the key findings from a study carried out by the Bertelsmann Stiftung in cooperation with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The study is based on a survey of top-level executives at major European businesses. read more
Gütersloh, November 30, 2016. Globalisation fears are dividing Europeans. While a majority of EU citizens (55 percent) see globalisation as an opportunity, just below half of them (45 percent) view it as a danger. The trend that emerged here among the respondents was: the less educated and the older people are, the likelier they are to view globalisation as a danger. These fears of an increasingly ever-closer world are also influencing political attitudes: the vast majority of those respondents who sympathize with right-wing and populist parties regard globalisation as a threat. These are the results of the EU-wide opinion poll "eupinions", which is regularly used by the Bertelsmann Stiftung to ask citizens about EU matters. The opinion poll is representative of the EU and its nine largest member states. read more
Gütersloh, November 14, 2016. Europe is gradually recovering from the economic and financial crisis, thanks to the upward trend on the labor market. Significantly more people are now employed than at the peak of the crisis in 2013. However, the share of full-time workers who cannot live from their work alone has risen slightly. Additionally, children and youth in particular are profiting too little from the economic recovery. Especially in the crisis-stricken countries in southern Europe, the share of young people threatened by poverty or social exclusion remains high. This is the conclusion of the authors of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Social Justice Index 2016. Since 2008, the index has been used annually to measure the opportunities for social participation of people in all 28 EU states. read more
New Delhi/Gütersloh, September 22, 2016. A recent study published by the Bertelsmann Stiftung shows that German companies have still not managed to take full advantage of India's significant research and development potential (R&D). While other industrialized Western countries are already relying extensively on India's multifaceted innovation potential, many German firms still see the world's second-largest emerging economy principally as an expanding market for German goods. The study was carried out by the global strategy consulting firm Roland Berger, which interviewed companies and executives in both countries. Their findings show that Germany's economic and political sectors must act fast if they want to avoid being left behind in India and other Asian markets. read more
Gütersloh/Brussels, September 1, 2016. The international financial and economic crisis has led to a setback for globalization. Since 2007, globalization – as measured by an index – has experienced a widespread decline for the first time in the period under review (1990-2014), decreasing in 35 of 42 countries. Despite this development, industrialized nations such as Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Finland and Denmark continue to achieve the highest globalization-related increases in GDP per capita and can therefore be counted among the winners of globalization. These are the key findings of the 2016 Globalization Report, carried out by Prognos AG on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. The extent of the welfare gains brought about by increasing globalization was investigated in 42 industrialized and emerging countries.
Gütersloh, August 18, 2016. A number of the challenges facing the 41 industrialized nations of the OECD and EU have dramatically intensified over the past two years. Although the Nordic countries still have the best scores in future viability, even their position is beginning to waver in light of the growing social inequality in the region. At the same time, the debt crisis remains unresolved, especially in the southern countries of the Eurozone, and an alarmingly high number of people are at risk of poverty. read more
Gütersloh/New York, July 21, 2016. One year after the adoption of the UN Global Goals the first Sustainable Development Goals Index and Dashboard report shows how far the global community is from realizing the goals and what challenges remain for individual countries to achieve the global targets by 2030. The SDG Index was launched yesterday evening in New York and officially presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The report shows how leaders can deliver on their promise and it urges countries not to lose the momentum for important reforms. In order to achieve the ambitious goals, immediate and comprehensive action is needed in the crucial first years of implementation of the new global agenda. read more
Gütersloh, June 20, 2016. For EU citizens outside of the United Kingdom, a Brexit is not an option. If it happens, however, few fear specific consequences for their country. This is shown by a new analysis from "eupinions", an EU-wide, representative opinion poll com-missioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. 54 percent of EU citizens want the United Kingdom to remain in the EU; however, more than one in every five of those questioned (21 percent) want the United Kingdom to leave. Those who fear consequences for their own country are in the minority, with over two thirds of participants not expecting any repercussions for their homeland in the event of a Brexit. read more