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Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (Annual Report)2018

Bertelsmann Stiftung - Annual Report 2017

In 2017, we celebrated our 40th anniversary, which made it a year of special events and activities. The highpoint was the ceremony held in Gütersloh Theater, with former German President Joachim Gauck giving the keynote speech. Since our foundation was established 40 years ago, we have made €1.4 billion available for nonprofit activities. In 2017, we spent a total of €90.2 million on our project work. Our 2017 Annual Report provides an overview of the topics we addressed and the outcomes we achieved. If you would like more detailed information on specific issues or projects, please do not hesitate to contact our experts directly. We welcome your ideas and suggestions! read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

Germany's export surpluses - Asset accumulation for the future?

For decades, Germany has been generating large export surpluses. These surpluses result in an accumulation of assets vis-à-vis other countries. However, there is no guarantee that these asset investments will maintain their value over the long term. If Germany's cumulative current account surpluses between 2000 and 2017 are compared with the change in its net foreign assets in the same period, the result is a book loss in the hundreds of billions of euros. This paper analyses possible reasons for these book losses. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung, Institute of Public Affair (Publisher) (PDF)2018

An uneasy reality

Since the annexation of Crimea and the start of the war in Donbas, internal migrations in Ukraine might have affected from two to three million people. Effectiveness of the assistance provided by international donors to the Ukrainian state and its civil society is of paramount importance. This report aims at analysing the socio-economic reality of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine as well as the state’s response to their challenges from the perspective of the IDP community. In addition, it presents how the Ukrainian NGO sector assesses donor support for IDPs and what Ukrainian civil society expects from the international community in those areas where assistance is needed most. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

What holds Asian Societies together?

Economic development and prosperity strengthen social cohesion in Asia, poverty and discrimination against women weaken it. This is the conclusion of a study commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, which for the first time examined the cohesion of 22 societies in South, Southeast and East Asia (SSEA). read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

eupinions brief: Dissatisfied and Disenchanted: How Italians View European and National Politics

The outcome of the Italian elections remains uncertain. It seems to be a fight between three major political forces, Forza Italia, Lega Nord and the Five Star Movement, all of which score high on populist and Eurosceptic rhetoric. For many years, Italian public opinion was characterized by strong support for and belief in European integration. Today, many actors on the Italian political scene are vocalising their doubts and disappointments about the EU. Yet, the question remains if the Italian public is equally sceptical of the European project. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

Improving Educational Opportunities for Children in the City of Mannheim

In cooperation with other partners, the city of Mannheim has been carrying out a pilot Project with the aim of improving educational opportunities for children at the Pestalozzi School in Mannheim since the 2017/18 school year. The pilot Project is scheduled to run for five years. read more


Popular Election

Mobilization and counter-mobilization dynamics in the social milieus during the Bundestag election of 2017 read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

Squaring the circle?

Brexit and the evolving challenges faced by the European Union are forcing the European Union and the rest of the member states to reform the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) – both with regard to its sources as well as to the amounts of money channelled to the EU’s priorities. The existing divisions between “net contributors” and “net recipients” among the member states will most likely deepen, but the differences might go further than the simple “net payer”-“net recipient” division. The Visegrad countries, i.e. – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, – as well as Bulgaria and Romania until now, were mainly associated with strong protection of the amounts of the structural funds and monies for the common agricultural policy. Yet now, aware of the new challenges, they support the necessity of incurring more costs for activities such as fighting terrorism or strengthening the EU’s role in the world. At the same time, the region is still struggling with weaker development. That is why the CEE countries call for further financing of the cohesion policy, and a majority of the countries would like to see equal treatment of their countries’ farmers with their peers in Western Europe. A reduction in this support in favour of shifting the funds to new challenges would certainly bring about feelings of being left behind and beyond the reach of the rest of Europe, and cause an increase in the existing differences. This would, in the long run, provide a tailwind for populist forces in the CEE region. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

eupinions Brief: Cold Love

The 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has been highly controversial ever since he took office over a year ago. His isolationist message of ‘America First’, his decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement and to move the US embassy to Jerusalem are just some of his actions that have created great controversy on the global stage. While his predecessor Barack Obama was hugely popular among the European public, how do Europeans view President Donald Trump and the future of the transatlantic partnership? read more

European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research Vienna, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2018

Labour-Market Reforms in Europe: Repairing Problems or Investing to Prevent?

For most people, obtaining economic and social opportunities depends on access to labour-markets. Effective and flexible labour-markets allow economies to cope more easily with ageing and the disruptions of innovation and globalisation. Positive outcomes include the ability for women and men to reconcile work and family life adequately; young people’s ability to make a smooth transition from education to work; and robust labour-market integration for immigrants, allowing them to become active contributors to the economy and the welfare state. Policymakers must strike a balance between preventive and corrective strategies. read more


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