Poor Implementation: Rich countries risk achievement of the global goals

Three years after the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN member states, the global community already risks to fall short on achieving the global goals. Though many countries are progressing, it is especially the rich countries of the G20, which need to strengthen their efforts, as a lack of national implementation mechanisms and negative spillover effects threaten the global achievement. read more...


Talk of inequality looms large ahead of G7 Summit

At the upcoming G7 meeting in Canada all eyes will be on Justin Trudeau as he at-tempts to sidestep potential political pitfalls. On June 8-9, 2018, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will host leaders of the world's most powerful democracies for the annual Group of Seven (G7) summit.  read more...



People want a Safety Net for Globalization and Trade

Since Donald Trump became US President, the commitment to free trade is no longer self-evident. In many countries it made way for a protectionist reflex, not only in the US. But are the citizens buying this new narrative? Our international survey analyses what people actually think about globalization, trade and protectionism. read more...



Poland's disoriented EU policy

Poland's political landscape has been in flux since 2015, reflecting a mindset shift by a disillusioned population. Its declining democratic credentials have sparked a growing distance with the rest of the European Union. And there is scant sign that bridges will be built any time soon. An analysis by Piotr Buras. read more...


BTI 2018

Democracy under Pressure: Polarization and Repression Are Increasing Worldwide

Restrictions on free speech, unfair elections and populist hunger for power – it is by no means just autocrats who have been tightening the screw of repression. Governments in democracies have also increasingly been trying to govern with a hard hand. And social division is deeper than it has been for a long time. Our current Transformation Index BTI shows what is behind this development, and which countries have been particularly affected. read more...



Putin before His Re-election - Increasing the Dose of Nationalism

In Russia, there is no doubt as to Vladimir Putin's re-election next Sunday. A high turnout, however, is doubtful. The only serious challenger, Alexei Navalny, who is not admitted as a candidate, is calling for an election boycott. Putin is mobilizing by demonstrating Russia's military clout. A commentary by our Senior Expert for Eastern Europe, Miriam Kosmehl.



Putin before his Re-election - Increasing the Dose of Nationalism

In Russia, there is no doubt as to Vladimir Putin's re-election next Sunday. A high turnout, however, is doubtful. The only serious challenger, Alexei Navalny, who is not admitted as a candidate, is calling for an election boycott. Putin is mobilizing by demonstrating Russia's military clout. A commentary by our Senior Expert for Eastern Europe, Miriam Kosmehl.



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). According to the study, cohesion is strongest in Hong Kong and Singapore, followed by Thailand and Bhutan. read more...


Pyeongchang 2018

Peaceful Olympics amid Thawing Tensions

On 9 February the Pyeongchang Olympics will be opened. This means that South Korea will be the first country examined by the Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) to host both summer and winter games. We fact-check the 2018 Olympics through the looking glass of selected criteria and indicators of our index, which will be published in March. read more...


Book Publication

What Holds Asian Societies Together?

Social cohesion has become a key policy goal around the globe – not only in the Western Hemisphere, but also in Asia. Despite growing interest in the concept among policy makers and researchers, no generally shared understanding of social cohesion exists. Most importantly, empirical data are lacking. For these reasons, we developed the Social Cohesion Radar, whose findings for the societies of South, Southeast, and East Asia have been collected in a new study. read more...

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Sustainable policymaking at risk due to rising political polarization

Despite many global challenges more and more industrialized nations are unable to solve problems in a constructive way. And: Whether Trump, Erdogan, Orban or Szydlo - an independent parliament, judiciary and media doesn't count much for them. Instead they agitate against minorities and other countries. With partners like that international cooperation is getting more complicated.    read more...



Macron's first 100 days: Convincing, but problems are already in sight

After a hard-fought election, many people in France are hoping that their new president will be able to unify the country. Tuesday marked Emmanuel Macron’s 100th day in office, and he is off to a convincing start – writes Prof. Henrik Uterwedde, our Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI) expert for France. Yet a crucial test awaits Macron at summer’s end. read more...



Our sea, our problems, our solutions

Relations between the EU and its southern neighbours are strained at present. The consequences of the civil wars in Syria and Libya, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the high level of youth unemployment in Tunisia and Morocco are being clearly felt here too. It is time for the Europeans to revive their Mediterranean policy, argues our Middle East expert Christian Hanelt. read more...


SDG Index

Ahead of G20 summit: '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 at the G20 summit in Hamburg must strengthen the commitment towards these historic global goals. A rising "my country first" approach by many heads of government threatens the realization of the SDGs. Even worse: International spillover effects caused by many industrialized countries impede many developing countries from fulfilling their obligations. read more...



100 Days of Trump: Chaos, Course-Correction and Chocolate Cake

A president who has shown little understanding of the institutions of American democracy and, in contrast to his campaign promise, has proved willing to interfere in international conflicts. The first 100 days of Donald Trump in the White House has yielded spectacular headlines but few tangible results. Anthony Silberfeld, Director of Transatlantic Relations at the Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington, D.C., delivers an interim review. read more...



Technological Innovation Promises to Reshape Global Economy

Advances in technology – from the Internet of things to artificial intelligence, automation and big data – promise to reshape the labor market and economy in dramatic ways, said Denis McDonough, former chief of staff to U.S. President Barack Obama, at the ninth annual Bertelsmann Foundation-Financial Times conference in Washington, DC. read more...



France before the election: Where is the country headed?

Who will take up residence in the Élysée Palace? The French are choosing their next president in a two-step process, with a first-round election on April 23 and a runoff on May 7. The results of the vote in one of Europe's most populous and economically important nations will send a signal to the entire continent. We take a look at the country's economic and social situation and its global ties. read more...

Munich Security Conference 2017


Urgent need to tackle root causes for flight and migration

Why are more and more people from Africa, Asia and Southeastern Europe leaving their native countries? And what can we do to fight the root causes of flight and migration? In this context we launched a new publication and debated with EU and Middle East experts on 17 February at the Munich Security Conference. read more...



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

They leave their families behind and set forth on what are often life-threatening journeys towards an uncertain future: Why are more and more people from Africa, Asia and Southeastern Europe leaving their native countries? It's an issue we researched together with international experts. The goal was to develop ideas for combating the underlying causes of displacement and assisting people in Europe. read more...


Asia Policy Brief

Can Modi make the elephant dance?

Narendra Modi's commendable plan to transform India's welfare system and bring in sustainable development through radical market-driven reforms is challenged by infrastructure bottlenecks and the realities of rural India. read more...

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The Trump Doctrine: America First, America First

With hawkish rhetoric at his inauguration, Donald Trump stayed true to his campaign strategy and irritated also international allies. But the "America First" agenda of the new US president could be turned upside-down soon, as Anthony Silberfeld, Director of Transatlantic Relations at the Washington-based Bertelsmann Foundation, comments. read more...



Inside Washington: Views on Trump and Transatlantic Relations

The US Presidential election campaign revealed few details about the direction of America's transatlantic policy under a Trump administration. In the absence of clear policy direction, we asked a bi-partisan group of politicians and experts in Washington, DC to give us a preview of what to expect from the 45th President. read more...



Europe's companies consider themselves disadvantaged compared to Asia

"Made in Europe" under pressure: With innovative technologies and business models companies from newly industrialized Asian countries like China or India are challenging their European competitors. Europe's entrepreneurs say that the competition is more and more unbalanced  - and wish for a stronger support by politics. read more...



Europe needs China – and vice versa

Beginning December 11, China expects the EU to treat it like a country with market economy status – as laid out in the agreement Beijing signed when it joined the WTO in 2001. This is giving rise to concerns that European companies might no longer be sufficiently protected from inexpensive Chinese exports. The current situation is more than just a maneuvering for economic advantage. It is also a game of power politics. read more...


Vision Europe Summit

António Guterres: Countries must regulate migration better

The objective of this year's Vision Europe Summit in Lisbon was to find better answers to the refugee crisis for Europe as a whole. The event's keynote speaker, UN Secretary-General-designate António Guterres, called on countries to do their part – and announced his own political initiatives. read more...



Democrats on Defense: How to Derail the Republican Agenda

After eight years in power, the US Democratic Party does not have any majority in Congress to put up against President-elect Donald Trump. Anthony Silberfeld, Director of Transatlantic Relations at the Washington-based Bertelsmann Foundation, describes how it can obstruct the Republican agenda nevertheless. read more...



An American Revolution: The Election of President Donald Trump

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States marks a seismic shift in American politics. Anthony Silberfeld, Director of Transatlantic Relations at the Washington-based Bertelsmann Foundation, gives an assessment on how this election will affect the relationship between the USA and Europe. read more...



Is China buying "Made in Germany"?

German technology is globally very popular – including in China.  However, not everyone is enthusiastic about the interest being shown in it by the Middle Kingdom. Takeovers by Chinese firms are being observed with increasing skepticism and in some recent cases are even subject to government review. We have analyzed Chinese investments of recent years - with mixed conclusions. read more...



Refugees in Italy: Europe holds the key

Boats sink, people drown or escape death at the last minute after a dramatic rescue operation. That scenario continues to be a tragic everyday occurrence on Europe's perimeter, or more precisely: on the islands of Lampedusa and Sicily. The refugees who do manage to reach Italy's shores often face an uncertain future. Not only must southern Europeans reform their immigration policies, they also require additional assistance from the EU. read more...

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Trilogue Salzburg 2016

Architecture for a new European Neighbourhood Policy

The EU must reassess its relations with neighboring countries. What are needed are more individualized approaches for promoting understanding and cooperation. The relevant actors must also do more to identify major political flashpoints in neighboring countries early on. Those are the key findings from this year's Trilogue Salzburg, organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. read more...

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BTI Summer Series

Iran and Saudi Arabia: Political hardliners boosting tensions

Sunnis against Shi’ites, Saudi Arabia against Iran – the Middle East is rife with tensions carrying unpredictable effects. In the last installment of our BTI Summer Series, guest author Jan Claudius Völkel explains the political and religious conflicts between the two countries. read more...


SGI 2016

Challenges for OECD and EU countries increase, while problem-solving abilities are in decline

Reform capacity of the government, quality of democracy and rule-of-law or level of social inclusion – every year the Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI) examine the future viability of the OECD and EU member states. The Nordic countries are still best equipped for the future, but their top position is wavering. The consequences of the economic and financial crisis are still drastic, especially in the Eurozone. With national populism on the rise in several countries, the refugee challenge poses a real test for the EU. read more...


BTI summer series

Mongolia: The Hidden Welfare Champion?

The World Social Forum will convene in Montreal from August 9-14. On occasion of the world’s largest civil society gathering, we look at an unknown star of social policy: Mongolia. Capitalizing on its mineral wealth, the country has set out to become a leading welfare state amongst emerging and developing countries. read more...


BTI summer series

Political doping: Brazil on the eve of the Olympic Games

Hardly any other country included in the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index (BTI) has been as diligent in combating corruption as Brazil. Indeed, the country's prosecutors need all the resolve they can muster: Brazil's political system has recently been shaken by several bribery scandals, which have contributed to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. An analysis. read more...

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The State of Affairs in Turkey: Europe Cannot Remain Silent

In the wake of a failed military coup, Turkey is on its way to becoming a presidential dictatorship. Tens of thousands have been arrested, dismissed, suspended or prohibited from leaving the country. Some European governments have expressed clear criticism, but have otherwise remained noticeably reserved in their response. Our Middle East expert Christian Hanelt takes a look behind the scenes.



Asia Policy Brief

The End of Panda Politics

Germany enjoys a special relationship with China – for now. The more political and economic competition that takes place between them, the more Germany will have to prepare for conflicts. Yet the instruments Germany has at its disposal for achieving its considerable interests have often been weak at best. read more...

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BTI summer series

The World's Youngest State Plunges into Renewed Violence

The terrorist attack in Nice and events in Turkey have pushed developments in South Sudan out of Western media headlines. Yet five years after independence, the situation in the East African state remains tense. The most recent outbreaks of violence have driven more than 10,000 South Sudanese to flee their homes. read more...


BTI summer series

Is Bangladesh on the Brink of Civil War?

As the findings of our 2016 Transformation Index BTI show, political and social tensions across the globe are on the rise. As we take a closer look this summer at selected countries surveyed by the BTI, we will explore encouraging and worrying developments alike. We begin with Bangladesh, where political violence has reached a new peak with the terrorist attack in Dhaka on July 1. read more...



Lebanon: A glimmer of hope?

One person in three in Lebanon is now a refugee. What does that mean for a country that has endured more than a decade of civil war, a country that is partially controlled by Hezbollah and that has come to a standstill both politically and economically? The sixth installment in our series takes a look at what is happening on the ground in this small Mediterranean nation. read more...


Scenario study

China at crossroads: What about the Asian country's future?

Taken into account its geopoliticial role, its economic power and the innovation potential China plays the key role in Asia beside India, Japan and South Korea. But the future of the most populous country of the world is uncertain in different ways. In six scenarios we focus on China's potential development in the future and possible consequences for Germany. read more...

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Award Ceremony

China has long been more than a market for German companies

China is Germany's most important economic partner in Asia. Exports to the People's Republic account for about 2 percent of Germany's gross domestic product. For many companies, however, China has long been more than just a market. German enterprises are getting involved and supporting Chinese society, and a number of them have now been recognized for their efforts. read more...


BTI 2016

And the winner is … Taiwan

Ranking at the top of the BTI Status Index, Taiwan's transformation from an authoritarian developing country to a thriving democracy and market economy deserves special attention. What are the recipes for the island state's political and economic success? read more...



Civil war in Syria: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

After five years of civil war, Syria is in ruins. Hundreds of thousands have died, millions are displaced, Islamist terror is spreading and the country has disintegrated into rival territories. With the influx of refugees, Europe is feeling the consequences of the war’s ongoing horrors. How can the conflict be contained?  read more...


BTI 2016

Rough times for democratic change

Increasing refugee numbers are not the only way in which the European public is feeling the direct impact of international crises. Yet solutions to the world's conflicts remain elusive. In fact, political and social tensions are growing around the globe and are testing Europe in profound ways – as the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index (BTI) shows. read more...



Libya in free fall

Libya is the second most important transit country for refugees making their way to Europe, after Turkey. Yet five years after popular protests deposed the country’s dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, this failing state faces new threats that are placing many at risk, not just refugees. Our latest factsheet examines the current situation in Libya. read more...



War in Ukraine: Will the country's young people stay or go?

Plagued by armed conflict and economic crisis, Ukraine has somewhat faded from public view in light of the refugee situation and the terror being perpetrated by the Islamic State. What is currently happening in Ukraine? How has it been affected by the emigration of many of its citizens? And what are the possibilities for managing the migrant outflows? read more...



Refugee Situation: EU must speak to Ankara using one voice

Whether the issue is the refugee situation, the fight against ISIS or peace efforts in the Middle East, Turkey has a crucial role to play. How is the country dealing with the increase in refugees? Which policies is Ankara pursuing in the region? And what approach should the EU take in future negotiations with Turkey? read more...


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Why New Delhi and Islamabad Need to Get Stakeholders on Board

Interest in Pakistan cuts across party affiliations in the Indian Punjab. It is much the same story on the other side though the Pakistani Punjab is often hamstrung by political and military considerations. The border States in India and Pakistan have business, cultural and familial ties that must be harnessed by both governments to push the peace process, says Tridivesh Singh Maini. read more...


Nobel Peace Prize

Support for a young democracy: Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet honored

Tunisia is experiencing difficulties as it moves toward becoming a stable democracy. In 2013, the process was in danger of collapsing – and might have, had it not been for four organizations that joined together as the National Dialogue Quartet. Their commitment to dialogue and understanding is being honored today in Oslo with the Nobel Peace Prize. read more...

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Asia Briefing

„Modi’s Reform Agenda: A Toothless Tiger? “

A panel discussion on Modi's economic reforms was organised on the 30th November 2015 in cooperation with the journal Internationale Politik in Berlin. The panel of well-known experts from academia, politics and media included Dr Sandra Destradi (senior fellow, German Institute of Global and Area Studies), Mr Michael Steiner (former German ambassador to India) and Mr Raghavan Srinivasan (senior associate editor of The Hindu Businessline). read more...


Social Cohesion Radar

Measuring Common Ground: Social Cohesion in Asia

Social cohesion has become an important public goal in many countries across the globe, not only in the Western hemisphere, but also in Asia. Despite the growing political and academic interest in the concept, there is as yet no generally accepted definition of social cohesion. As a result, empirical insights are lacking. Against this backdrop, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has initiated the “Social Cohesion Radar” and now plans to extend this project to South, Southeast and East Asia. read more...


Asia Policy Brief

Modi’s Reform Agenda: Change You Can Believe In?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi entered office with a historic political mandate. For the first time in thirty years, a single party won a majority of seats in the lower house of Parliament (Lok Sabha). However, Modi faced sky-high expectations to fulfill his campaign promises of getting India's economy back on track. Eighteen months into his government's term and in the wake of electoral defeats in Delhi and Bihar, questions are being raised about its economic performance. read more...

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2015 German-Spanish Forum focuses on dual education system

Many young people in Spain are currently unemployed. The vocational education system successfully used in Germany, which offers both classroom instruction and on-the-job training, could help remedy that situation over the medium term. The twin-track system is just one of the topics being discussed on November 17 and 18 at the German-Spanish Forum in Berlin. Patrons for the event are King Felipe VI of Spain and German President Joachim Gauck. read more...



Syria's fifth year of civil war: A horror story without end?

Civil war has been raging in Syria since 2011. As a result, hundreds of thousands have died, millions have been displaced, Islamist terror is spreading and the country’s system of government is collapsing. What is life like in Syria today and how might it be possible to reduce the suffering of its people and end the conflict? read more...

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EU citizens still trust in the European Union and the Euro

A threatening Brexit, the Greek crisis and the question of refugees: The European Union still faces turbulent times. But a majority of the EU citizens backs the EU and the Euro and even wants a stronger political and economic integration. At the same time, it has a critical view of the current EU policymaking. read more...



Most Ukrainians still say 'yes' to Europe

The majority of Ukrainians continue to be pro-European and say their country should join the EU and NATO. At the same time, skepticism towards Russia is growing and most Ukrainians do not support a deepening of relations with Moscow. Those are just some of the findings from a recent Bertelsmann Stiftung survey. read more...



Industrialized nations risk missing new UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals have led to tangible progress in many developing countries. The UN's global Sustainable Development Goals will also require industrialized countries to implement these standards for the first time, beginning in 2016. But most of them are a long way from serving as role models for sustainable development. read more...

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Trilogue Salzburg 2015

Leadership: The Key to Ensuring a Viable Future for Business and Government

International terrorism, the threat of a Grexit and the growing number of refugees – those are just three of the complex challenges facing policymakers, business leaders and civil society around the world. Today, the 2015 Trilogue Salzburg is taking a look at the kind of leaders that will be needed to respond effectively to these challenges. read more...


SGI 2015

How fit for the future are the OECD and the EU countries?

Many OECD and EU states are recovering from the crisis. But in Southern Europe the social situation remains critical. Again Greece brings up the rear of the country comparison. These are the results of the new Bertelsmann Stiftung's "Sustainable Governance Indicators 2015" (SGI).   read more...

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Asia Briefing

How Asia’s rise is changing the West and what it means for Germany

The rise of Asia and the ideas that lie behind it are shaping the 21st century. The hegemony of the West seems to be collapsing and with it Western norms and political ideals that many had taken for granted. These developments pose grave challenges, but they also offer opportunities to develop a new and more inclusive vantage point to look at world affairs, as the renowned author Pankaj Mishra pointed out in a public lecture organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung on 20 May 2015 in Berlin. read more...


Asia Policy Brief

The Coup One Year on: Thailand's "Ugly German" Constitution

One year after the military seized power once again, Germans still tend to think of Thailand as a tropical dream destination. In reality, it has become a dictatorship. The draft constitution that was written will not bridge the political divide that runs through the country. read more...



Germany and the United States: Reliable Allies

Germans and Americans overwhelmingly see one another as reliable allies – despite different views on Russia, global leadership and trade. This is the result of a new survey by the Pew Research Center in association with the Bertelsmann Foundation. read more...

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European Neighbourhood Conference

A new chapter in the history of democracy

In his opening remarks at the Bertelsmann Stiftung's second European Neighbourhood Conference, which is being held from April 28 to 30 in Tunis, German President Joachim Gauck praised host country Tunisia as a successful "role model for freedom-loving people in the entire region." read more...

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European Neighbourhood Conference

Closer cooperation between Europe and North Africa

Recent developments in Tunisia are making it a role model for other countries in the Arab world. The Bertelsmann Stiftung's second European Neighbourhood Conference, which begins today in Tunis, is focusing on those developments and on the cooperation taking place between the EU and North Africa as part of the EU's European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Participants at the conference will include German President Joachim Gauck. read more...


Asia Policy Brief

Abe's Victory – Fresh Start or More of the Same?

Japan under its old and new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is at a crossroads. The choice is between the adoption of badly needed structural reforms and the continuation of familiar economic stimulus packages that have proven unsuccessful in the past. The new Asia Policy Brief provides an analysis.   read more...

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Germans take skeptical view of Israel

Since the start of diplomatic relations fifty years ago, Israel and Germany have displayed an extraordinary commitment to the path of rapprochement. However, Germans are significantly more critical of Israel than vice versa, and the younger generation in both countries displays a tendency towards estrangement. read more...


Asia Policy Brief

Asian Middle Classes – Drivers of Political Change?

Asia's growing middle classes have been exceptionally influential not only in the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, but also in many other recent political developments in China, Indonesia, Thailand and India. Four authors examine that role in the new issue of the Asia Policy Brief. read more...



Parliamentary elections in Ukraine and Tunisia

A few days ago, 35 million Ukrainians and 6 million Tunisians had the opportunity to elect representatives to their national parliaments. Ukraine is one of the EU's most important eastern neighbors. Tunisia is making its way toward democracy. That's why Europe has invested quite a bit in both countries. read more...


BTI Blog

A new refugee crisis looming?

BTI blog author Roma Rajpal Weiss writes on how Southeast Asia is seeing persecuted minorities fleeing their homeland. As in Europe, lack of political consensus has exacerbated the situation – and a new wave of migration is just about to start. read more...


Fostering mutual understanding

Building bridges for future dialog

German-Israeli relations are facing new challenges today. With this situation in mind, the Bertelsmann Stiftung initiated the German-Israeli Young Leaders Exchange. read more...


Asia Policy Brief

Jokowi's Victory: A New Era for Indonesia?

With the election of its new president, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, Indonesia is now entering a new era. In the current Asia Policy Brief, Andreas Ufen, senior research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies in Hamburg, examines what the victory means for the country's democratic development. read more...


Asia Policy Brief

The Electoral Verdict and After: The Road Ahead for India

The decisive victory of the BJP in the 2014 Indian general elections came as a surprise to many. Most opinion polls, which had predicted a win for the BJP, had not anticipated the scale of the party's victory. A new Policy Brief examines the election results and the new government in India. read more...



Obama's Choice

The latest allegations of US spying in Germany pose a serious threat to the German-American relations, warns Annette Heuser, Executive Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington, DC. read more...


Asia Policy Brief

Going Global, Going West! Chinese Direct Investment in Germany

German chancellor Angela Merkel, accompanied by a business delegation, is visiting China. Mutual investment flows will be one topic on her agenda. German investors in China still encounter many hurdles, whereas Chinese companies in Germany may count on a generally open investment environment. read more...


Young Leaders for Europe

"A Wall through the Mediterranean Sea?"

 "If the EU stops its engagement in its southern neighbourhood, we will have to build a new Berlin wall through the Mediterranean," Alar Olljum, representative of the European External Action Service, provocatively stated in front of 32 young leaders. read more...



The Mark of Democracy – A Fact Check for Tunisia

While Libya's and Egypt's fledgling democracies are already under threat, Tunisia continues to make considerable progress. In conjunction with a conference on June 19 that will bring the German Foreign Minister and the Tunisian Prime Minister together in Berlin, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is examining the political situation in the country. read more...


Europe Goes to the Polls

And never the twain shall meet?

The Ukraine crisis is causing many to ask if the EU's Neighbourhood Policy has been addressing the right issues in the east. In this commentary, Gabriele Schöler and Stefani Weiss, senior project managers at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, argue that the EU should revisit how it approaches its eastern neighbors. read more...


Europe Goes to the Polls

The EU's struggle to become a foreign-policy player

Can you point out the woman in the photograph who is responsible for the EU's foreign policy? No? You're not alone. You are one of the many people who are unable to keep track of the numerous individuals and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the EU's efforts to assert its interests abroad. read more...



Europe needs to adopt Tunisia

This year, Tunisians will be electing a new president and parliament, as well as regional and local representatives. Will the country's political parties succeed in campaigning fairly and in forming an effective government? A commentary by Christian-Peter Hanelt. read more...



Merkel in Washington: What does she want?

Among the US's many allies, Germany has become one of the hardest for Americans to read. Washington sees the country under Chancellor Angela Merkel's leadership as a power that is unwilling to fully execute its foreign-policy responsibilities. Annette Heuser comments on the visit in Washington. read more...



Is Ukraine as divided as most people think?

Does Ukraine's eastern region, the site of recent clashes, automatically favor Russia, since most people there speak Russian? A study carried out on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung by the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw dispels the myth of a divided Ukraine. read more...

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Multimedia Cooperation with Deutschen Welle (DW)

Winners and Losers of Global Development

Separation of powers, corruption and economic growth are all seemingly abstract concepts. But these factors shape everyday life for billions of people, and they're crucial to the success of the democratic model. "Secrets of Transformation," a series produced by Deutsche Welle, shows how people in developing and transition countries experience global change. read more...


Policy Brief

The EU should engage more with the Ukrainian public

Many Ukrainians are in open revolt against the country's government – even participating in bloody clashes with the police in recent days. The EU must now do more to approach the Ukrainian public directly, actively involving it in reform processes. read more...


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North Africa between crisis and consensus

The Arab Spring has brought people in North Africa more freedom, diversity and social and political participation. For the region's inhabitants, however, it has also meant numerous conflicts, less security and fewer jobs. The "spotlight europe" analyzes the situation in Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia und Morocco. read more...


Secrets of Transformation

Bolivia's economy is booming – while poverty increases in Pakistan

Better incomes for the poor in Bolivia and hard times in Pakistan. Those are two contrasting examples of the economic changes taking place around the globe, as detailed in Part 3 of Deutsche Welle's "Secrets of Transformation" series, based on the latest data from the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index (BTI). read more...

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Secrets of Transformation

Tunisia, Madagascar and the struggle for freedom of expression

After years of oppression, Tunisians have finally won the fight for more freedom of expression. Similarly, people in Madagascar were not heard by their leaders for years. In the final part of its series "Secrets of Transformation," Deutsche Welle puts the spotlight on these two countries. read more...


Series on Russia

How Russia became an autocracy

Russia will greet visitors from around the world with traditional hospitality when the 2014 Winter Olympics begin on Friday in Sochi. For Russians themselves, however, life has become decidedly less open. The current release of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index (BTI) rates the country as an autocracy for the first time – for limiting basic democratic rights, among other reasons. read more...


Series on Russia

Special Feature: Russia – Did you know that …?

The 2014 Winter Olympics are just around the corner, and Sochi is getting ready for the big event. A few days before the first starting gun sounds, everyone in the Russian city on the Black Sea is focused on sports. We, however, are taking a closer look at the country located in northeast Eurasia that will host the games. read more...

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Secrets of Transformation

Liberia further along in fighting corruption than Ukraine

Liberia is the winner when it comes to fighting corruption – Ukraine, the loser. That fact is made clear by the second part of the Internet series "Secrets of Transformation," the Deutsche Welle multimedia project that uses figures from the latest release of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index. read more...

Foto zu Pressemeldung vom 21.01.2014: Neue Edition des SGI zeigt Folgen der bisher größten Finanz- und Wirtschaftskrise. Interview mit dem SGI-Team Daniel Schraad-Tischler und Najim Azahaf. Das SGI-Projekt geht 2014 in die dritte Runde und veröffentlic


"Making Governance Innovations Travel"

The SGI project will enter phase three and publish new indicators in 2014. Daniel Schraad-Tischler and Najim Azahaf of SGI talk about the upcoming release of the SGI, the creation of a Learning Network for Governance Innovations and what the financial crisis reveals about governments' capacity for reform. read more...

Foto: Claude Truong-Ngoc/Wikimedia Commons © CC BY-SA 3.0 Friedensnobelpreisträgerin Aung San Suu Kyi, Oppositionsführerin in Myanmar
Foto für Pressemeldung vom 23.01.2014: Auf dem Weg zur Demokrat

Asia Policy Brief

On the Road to Democracy? Political Liberalization in Myanmar

Myanmar is currently at a critical juncture. The liberalizing reforms initiated by President Thein Sein after taking office in March 2011 are raising high hopes of peace and democracy in the country. Progress, after nearly three years, has however been uneven. The new issue of Bertelsmann Stiftung's Asia Policy critically assesses the situation. read more...

Vertrauen Wagen - eine Konferenz mit Pionieren der Deutsch-Chinesischen Beziehungen, 23.-24. September 2013 in Beijing an der Bei Da/ Beijing  University.
Programm Inhalt: 2 Vormittage Workshop der Pioniere, 2 Nachmittage Konferenz, 1 Abendgala

Daring to Trust

Conference on German-Chinese relations

For two days, more than 100 participants from different academic fields discussed possibilities for promoting mutual understanding between China and Germany. Liz Mohn, vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, together with the foundation’s chairman and CEO, Aart De Geus, met with the Chinese Minister of Culture Cai Wu in Beijing. read more...