Europaeischer-Rat-Bruessel-2020_vergroessert_EAF53CB6-F1B4-D748-8F1E-DB7BF26DB32B.jpg(© ©European Union)

Opinion Piece: Not up for debate: democracy and the rule of law in the EU

Another EU summit, another crisis; nothing new. The European heads of state and government are meeting this Thursday and the EU’s seemingly ever-expanding crisis agenda has reached the rule of law. Poland and Hungary are blocking the implementation of the EU budget and the European recovery plan. They protest against the idea of linking the allocation of EU funds to compliance with the rule of law in the Member States. Will there be another face-saving compromise for all, or is it different this time?

kenrick-mills-MF9Wy1NA55I-unsplash.jpg(© Kenrick Mills / Unsplash License,

Fellowship: “The New New:” Launch of a new fellowship for the development of just and inclusive digital futures

Now, more than ever, we need to ask ourselves: What visions for the future should guide our lives today? What role should digital innovation play in these visions? How can we ensure that algorithms, artificial intelligence and other technologies foster inclusion, diversity and cohesion? “The New New” fellowship, a six-month stipend offered by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Superrr Lab, provides individuals and teams from across Europe the opportunity to explore what visionary, just and inclusive digital futures might look like. Apply now (until January 6th 2021)!

48605397927_1cdd66fa6f_o.jpg(© Gage Skidmore / Flickr - CC BY-SA 2.0,

US Elections 2020: Picking Up the Pieces: America after the 2020 Election

With the most votes in American history, Joseph R. Biden became President-elect of the United States. Biden faces many difficult tasks, including bridging the gap between his supporters and those of Donald Trump who is refusing to accept his defeat. Anthony Silberfeld of the Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington, DC, provides an outlook on the difficult transition period and the Biden presidency.

tabrez-syed-dbc9DGSJzKo-unsplash.jpg(© Tabrez Syed / Unsplash - Unsplash License,

Analysis: Frozen in Time: Election Night in America

On election night in 2016, American voters were on the edge of their seats waiting for a handful of states in the "rust belt" to decide who would become president.  Four years later, the outcome will depend, once again, on the final tally in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.  One could be forgiven for thinking that somehow President Trump’s first term never happened, and America was simply frozen in time. An Analysis by Anthony Silberfeld of the Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington, DC.

2020_10_30_Transnationaler_Digitaler_Buergerdialog_121.jpg(© © Besim Mazhiqi)

Democracy in Europe: Amb@ssadors of the European People - EU Commissioners in Citizens' Dialogue

Over the course of three days, 100 people from Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Lithuania discussed how one might achieve a more democratic, greener and digital Europe. The EU Commissioners Margrethe Vestager and Virginijus Sinkevičius were not the only ones very impressed with the outcome. The first European digital citizens' dialogue was a success— repetition guaranteed.

Bildmontage_Trump_Biden.jpg(© Gage Skidmore / Flickr - CC BY-SA 2.0,

US Elections 2020: American Democracy on the Ballot: What's at Stake in the 2020 Election

On November 3rd, Americans will go to the polls in the most consequential election since Abraham Lincoln was re-elected in the midst of the Civil War in 1864. While that might appear hyperbolic at first glance, the reality is that both then and now, the future of the US Republic is at stake. Anthony Silberfeld of the Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington, DC explains why.

jakob-owens-isCDC9Q1hbY-unsplash(© / Jacob Owens - Unsplash License,

US Elections: The Threat of a Chaotic Legal Fallout

President Donald Trump’s chances of reelection do not look good, even after his miraculous bout of corona. But even if Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s wins the election, it could plunge the nation into a serious democratic and constitutional crisis.

2626504954_36c5660cbf_o_vergroessert.jpg(© whodeenee / Flickr - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0,

US Elections 2020: US Democracy in Danger – Premiere of the Film "Uncivil War"

Ahead of the elections on November 3rd, Americans are losing faith in their democracy. This gets illustrated in the new documentary film from the Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington, DC, which we will premiere to the European audience on October 27th. You are kindly invited to the virtual premiere!

AdobeStock_281690419_KONZERN_ST_MT.jpeg(© © Studio_East -

Online Discussion: Getting the WTO Back on Course and Into Safe Waters

What the Selection of a New Director General Means for Global Trade Governance

migration-3129387_1920.jpg(© Capri23auto – Pixabay License,

Migration to Europe : Europe’s Latest Immigration Plan Unlikely to Heal Rifts

After years of bitter division on how to deal with migrants, the European Union has finally unveiled a new plan. But it is unlikely to gain widespread traction, not least as attitudes towards refugees have hardened amid the corona crisis.