Before the election: Majority of Germans reject populist views

From Syriza and Podemos to Le Pen, Brexit and Trump: Political parties and individuals on both ends of the political spectrum have recently used populist sentiment to score political points. How do things look in the run-up to Germany's national elections? Our study defines what populism is – and shows that a majority of Germans do not hold populist views.

Strengthening Economies

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Group photo of the heads of state and government and the EU representatives at the G7 summit in May 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. Pictured are: Donald Tusk, Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel, Donald Trump, Paolo Gentiloni, Emmanuel Macron, Shinzo Abe, Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker.

SDG Index

"My country first" approach threatens achievement of global goals

Two years after the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN member states, leaders of the G20 must strengthen the commitment towards these historic global goals. A rising "my country first" approach by some governments threatens the realization of the SDGs. read more


Policy Brief

Seizing the moment for an Euro area reform

The election of Emmanuel Macron as French President gave renewed hope to proponents of the European integration project after the blow of Brexit. There is now a momentum that Berlin and Paris could agree on the view that the euro is incomplete and cannot last without major reforms. read more

Participants of a discussion panel sit in armchairs on the podium during the Bertelsmann Foundation's annual conference.


Technological innovation promises to reshape global economy

Digitization will disrupt the labor market. This was the main result of the Bertelsmann Foundation's annual conference in Washington. read more

Improving Education

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Ein Mann und eine Frau stehen in einem Büroraum und blicken in auf ein Schriftstück in einer Arbeitsmappe.


Recognizing non-formal and informal competences

A new study shows: European countries need a binding validation system for non-formally or informally acquired competences. read more

Indian high-skilled migrants in Germany


Indian high-skilled migrants and international students in Germany

Since a few years more and more Indian students and experts are coming to Germany. Our study examines their motivations and intentions of stay. read more

Advancing Society

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Aart De Geus discussing with experts on an event on 14 July in Berlin


Securing a good neighbourhood in the south and east

Europe is currently surrounded by crises and conflicts. What can the "European Neighbourhood Policy" do here? We discussed this with a group of experts, including the foreign ministers of Estonia and Malta, in Berlin on July 14. read more

Dutzende Menschen, vermutlich Flüchtlinge, laufen in einer breiten Reihe auf einem grasbewachsenen Hügel entlang.


Displacement's vicious circle: combating the causes, offering practical help

Why do more and more people flee from their native countries? What can we do against the reasons of escape and how can we help refugees in Europe? Our book with international authors tries to find answers. read more

V.l.n.r.: Liz Mohn, Toomas Hendrik Ilves with the 2017 Reinhard Mohn Prize and Brigitte Mohn.


Toomas Hendrik Ilves receives Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

On June 29 the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 on the topic "Smart Country" was awarded to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former president of Estonia. He was honored for his pioneering work in promoting digitalization in government, education and public services. read more

Group photo with Liz Mohn and the winners of the "More than a market award".

Award Ceremony

For German companies China is more than a market

China is Germany's most important Asian business partner. Many companies are getting involved and supporting Chinese society. On June 15 in Shanghai they were recognized by us for their exemplary projects. read more

Vitalizing Culture

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Singing Competition

Starting shot for the NEUE STIMMEN 2017: Apply now!

Our NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition starts into a new round. Apply until March 31 and start your Opera career! read more

LIz Mohn, Präsidentin der NEUEN STIMMEN und Gustav Kuhn, künsterlischer Leiter des Meisterkurses am Konzertabend mit den internationalen Meisterkursteilnehmern.

Singing Competition

Eleventh NEUE STIMMEN Master Class concludes with gala concert

Thirteen young opera singers from twelve nations took to the stage on October 29 for the concert concluding the 2016 NEUE STIMMEN Master Class. read more

Shaping Democracy

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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 ... read more

Promoting Health

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The Digital Patient

Whereas all healthcare stakeholders agree that digitization is changing their field, there are many different views regarding the opportunities and limits inherent to this trend. Our project offers studies, strategic action plans and forums for debate. read more

Eine junge Pflegefachkraft im Gespräch mit einer älteren Dame.


The nursing-care industry in Germany is struggling with international recruitment efforts

German companies remain reluctant to pro-actively recruit foreign workers. However, that is precisely what is needed today, as the example of the nursing-care industry in Germany makes clear. read more