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Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Globalisation and the Welfare State

Globalisation needs to be accompanied by a strong welfare state. A new GED focus paper suggests that the complementarity between openness to trade and a strong welfare state weakened over time. While trade – the key driver of globalisation – improves net welfare, it comes with increased vulnerability to external shocks, decline of certain sectors of the economy, etc. In order to insure against these side-effects, a strong welfare state is needed. However, while globalisation is accelerating, the welfare state stagnates. This is the result of some prima facie evidence presented in the newest GED focus paper. Looking at historical evidence, it shows that the once positive correlation between the welfare state and openness to trade has gradually declined and is presently almost flat. This finding might have some explanatory potential to understand the present dissatisfaction with globalisation. read more

Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin, Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

flashlight europe 05/2017: Five takeaways from analysing Brexit

Academics from across Europe came together at Dublin City University to debate Brexit. The conference on “The Law & Politics of Brexit” analysed the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. What are the challenges? What took the experts by surprise? And what do we need to look out for in the future? read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Is Right the New Left?

France is the homeland of the political labels left and right. Ever since the French revolution, it is the guiding principle through which political systems around the world are organised. However, with the mobilization of cross-cutting issues like immigration and European integration and the success of populist parties on the left and right of the political spectrum in recent elections across Europe, the utility of the labels themselves have come under attack. The evidence cited to suggest that the labels left or right might no longer be useful relate to the working class roots of supporters of populist right parties or the liberal free market ideals of supporters of the Centre left and Green parties. read more


Indian high-skilled migrants and international students in Germany

Similar to the US and UK, immigration from India plays an important role in Germany. India became the second most important country of origin of international students and the most important country of origin of high-skilled migrants in Germany in 2015. A new study of the Bertelsmann Stiftung conducted by the University of Bielefeld, examines motivations, intentions of stay and development effects of migration from India to Germany for economic and education purposes. read more

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


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