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Focus Paper: Learning from Trump and Xi? Globalization and innovation as drivers of a new industrial policy

Technological innovations are essential drivers of long-term and sustainable growth to ensure prosperity. Accordingly, there is currently a debate in Germany and the EU as to whether a new, strategic industrial policy can be an answer to the complex dynamics of digitisation.

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High Level Round Table: Inclusive Innovation and Social Cohesion: Challenges and Solutions in Asia and Europe

Technological innovations and other transformation processes are changing our societies at an unprecedented pace. What effects does this have on social cohesion and how can it be strengthened? At the invitation of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, experts from Asia and Europe discussed these questions in Singapore.

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Asia Policy Brief: China's Economic Footprint in the Western Balkans

Geopolitics has returned to vogue, and the EU does not enjoy a monopoly on influence in the Western Balkans. China is the latest player on the scene, and although its economic footprint is still relatively small, Beijing’s growing presence is a new reality that Brussels needs to contend with. China’s “no-strings attached” financing of infrastructure potentially undermines the EU’s reform-orientated approach.

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Study: Demographic change is leading to massive income losses in developed countries

Demographic aging will have a strong dampening effect on average incomes in Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, Austria and the United States in the next 30 years. However, this effect can be mitigated by increasing investment in automation and digitalization. Our study has examined how strong the diminishing effect on individual income growth will be and how much compensatory investments would be necessary.  

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Singing Competition: Anna El-Khashem and Long Long win the NEUE STIMMEN 2019

Soprano Anna El-Khashem from Russia and Tenor Long Long from China top the list at the 18th international singing competition NEUE STIMMEN. At the final round in Gütersloh, these young talents enthralled the jury of international opera experts. The three top competitors in the women and men category received cash prizes worth a total of 65,000 euros. Vladislav Buyalskiy from Ukraine won the new introduced Brian Dickie Young Singers Award.

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SINGING COMPETITION: The finalists for the NEUE STIMMEN 2019 have been selected

Ten opera talents have qualified for the final round of the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competiton in Gütersloh. The final concert to be held on October 26, 2019 will be broadcast live on neue-stimmen.de, Takt 1 and arte Concert. 

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Singing Competition: The NEUE STIMMEN 2019 semi-finalists have been selected

18 young opera talents have qualified for the semi-final of the NEUE STIMMEN 2019 international singing competition. We will livestream the concert on Thursday evening from Gütersloh, Germany. There the singers will compete for their participation in the final concert on Saturday.

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Event: Trying Times 2019: Rethinking Social Cohesion

Social cohesion is essential to creating communities that enable an inclusive sense of belonging. The megatrends of globalization, digitalization and demographic change pose challenges to the cohesion that has proved essential to communities around the world. The “Trying Times – Rethinking Social Cohesion” conference held in Berlin September 4-6, 2019 provided a forum for some 80 participants from 22 countries to network as they share their experiences with social cohesion and learn from each other.

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Book: We Humans and the Intelligent Machines

The use of algorithms has long since ceased to be science fiction and has become reality. We must therefore re-evaluate the relationship between humans and machines. How does artificial intelligence affect us and our society? Where can algorithms enrich us, where must we put an end to their threatening omnipotence? A new book seeks answers to the most pressing questions.

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Study: Digital skills will be more important

What level of digital competency do people in Germany have? A representative survey carried out on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung shows there’s still a considerable need for support – especially among the older Generation.