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Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Challenging Chances

The topic of refugees is still omnipresent. We can do it! #refugeeswelcome. It is no longer an abstract phenomenon, now we realize that there are real people made out of flesh and blood, living among us in our neighbourhoods. We can now visualize these individuals who have escaped their countries to come to us, and see their destiny. The photo book show us their story right from the start of their escape to their arrival in Germany. The pictures are like looking into the windows of the life experiences these people have been through. Very enthusiastic and sensitive photographers have accompanied them in their search of a better life. The initial, often life-threatening escape being the main theme of the pictures. After the successful escape into safety begins a long challenging process in the host countries. In Germany, as in every other host country, we are confronted with a great challenge for the whole society: the integration of the refugees locally, their integration through education and work, and bearing in mind to keep the local communities united. Now, after the historical experiences of 2015, it is still necessary to carry on welcoming and accepting the immigrants as we have done before and will continue to do so in the future. Therefore, it is important to keep the issue high on the agenda and to inform about the situation of refugees to overcome prejudices against refugees. The photo agency laif from Cologne, together with The Bertelsmann Stiftung, have made this project possible. It is and will remain a challenge, hence the title of the project: “Challenging Chances – Escape in Pictures”. But it is also an opportunity that we can master together with mutual understanding. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

SPOTLIGHT Healthcare - GKV – a better option

Federal- and state-government subsidy expenditures are already at a high level, and are forecast to increase significantly in the future. For this reason, various alternatives to the current public-employee health-insurance system have long been the subject of sustainable-budget discussions. Now, in a study conducted by the Berlin-based IGES Institut, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has examined the potential financial effects of introducing a health-insurance obligation for civil servants – analogous to that for conventional employees – for the public budget and the finances of the GKV. The key findings are presented in this Spotlight Healthcare report. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (Annual Report)2017

Bertelsmann Stiftung – Facts and Figures 2016

Last year we invested €72.7 million in philanthropic projects. Since the foundation was first established, we have made a total of €1.35 billion available for the nonprofit activities we carry out to achieve our goals. In 2016, the Bertelsmann Stiftung spent €55.6 million directly on its programs, €1.8 million more than the year before. At the foundation, 367 employees are implementing some 60 projects designed to develop policy and social reforms. Feel free to click through our Facts and Figures 2016. It provides a look at the issues we've addressed and the successes we've achieved. If you would like more information on individual topics or projects, please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. We look forward to hearing what you think! read more


Focus Paper: Electing the Future

When the French head to the polls to elect their new president on April 23rd and May 7th, questions of economic and social policy will be at the centre of many people’s concerns. And indeed, the socio-economic challenges the country is facing are manifold, at the core of many political debates and hence dominant issues of the candidates’ campaigns. Our newest GED Focus Paper provides an overview of France’s overall socio-economic situation and of the policy solutions the five top candidates propose. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Supportive but wary

How do Europeans feel about the EU 60 years after the Treaty of Rome? Are they more distant and critical than ever, as it is often suggested in the public debate? The latest eupinions report paints a different picture. “Our report shows that people are somewhat conflicted when it comes to the EU.” write Catherine de Vries and Isabell Hoffmann. “They do support European integration but are increasingly wary about its current situation.” read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017


Low and socially divided turnout harms Germany´s Democracy. To vote by mail - the only flexible way to cast one´s Ballot - citizens still have to apply before each election. If this hurdle were removed, voter turnout could go back up. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Policy Brief #2017/01: EU-Japan: Free trade agreement a sign of commitment to economic cooperation

The EU and Japan are important economic partners. They have been negotiating a bilateral free trade agreement since 2013. Both sides could benefit from this. More important than the potential GDP increase, however, would be the strategic value of such an agreement. In this era of Brexit and Trump, it would signal a clear commitment to economic cooperation and free trade. read more


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