Press Release 05/05/2017

France before the election: Polarized voters view future with skepticism

Gütersloh, May 5th 2017. The political gap between French voters is deeper than in the rest of Europe. Compared with the entire EU, the political center in France is considerably smaller and the political margins more pronounced. Every fifth person in France (20 per cent) describes themselves as politically extreme. Some 14 per cent defined themselves as extreme right and 6 per cent as extreme left. That is considerably more than in the EU overall, where 7 per cent of those surveyed placed themselves on the edges of the political spectrum. At the same time, the right-of-center electorate sees the future with greater pessimism than all other voter groups. They also reject politics in their country, feel economically dependent and mostly have anti-European attitudes. In this respect, they are clearly different from voters in the center and on the left. This is the result from the latest edition of eupinions for the 11,021 Europeans asked about their political views: results which are representative for the EU and for France.

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Besim Mazhiqi

Press Release 04/27/2017

Gütersloh-based NEUE STIMMEN opera competition more international than ever in its anniversary year

Gütersloh – April 27, 2017. Worldwide interest among up-and-coming opera singers for the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition continues to grow. This year, 1,430 singers from 76 nations applied to participate. "The large number of applications is impressive proof of how many young opera talents recognize and are making use of the opportunity that the competition offers," said Liz Mohn, president of NEUE STIMMEN and vice-chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board. "I am indeed a little proud to see the continued high level of recognition given to the international singing competition with its professional and fair conditions, and how it serves as an important bridge between peoples, religions and cultures." read more

Kai Uwe Oesterhelweg

Press Release 04/04/2017

40 Years of Social Engagement

Gütersloh – April 4, 2017. As a successful entrepreneur, Reinhard Mohn felt an obligation to give back to society, and he founded the Bertelsmann Stiftung in 1977 as a result. Through its diverse projects, the foundation addresses issues in the area of business, education, health care, culture, social affairs and democracy. Since its inception, it has invested approximately €1.3 billion in charitable projects. It is currently carrying out some 60 projects and employs about 380 people. read more

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Press Release 02/21/2017

Experts criticise lack of educational reforms in EU member states

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. read more

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Press Release 01/26/2017

Toomas Hendrik Ilves receives the Reinhard Mohn Prize

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

Besim Mazhiqi

Press Release 01/23/2017

NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition: Application phase has begun

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

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Press Release 12/12/2016

European companies consider themselves disadvantaged compared to their Asian competitors

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

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Press Release 11/30/2016

Globalisation fears weigh heavily on European voters

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

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Press Release 11/14/2016

Social justice in Europe: labor market recovery fails to reach all people

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

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Press Release 09/22/2016

Innovation in India: Germany still slow take advantage of full potenial

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

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Press Release 09/01/2016

The globalization engine loses momentum

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.
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