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WH Chairman of Economic Advisers: Globalization Has Positive Effects, Yet Increases Inequality

WASHINGTON, DC (September 23, 2014) – Globalization is a “positive-sum activity” but also raises issues of concern for the American economy, according to the White House Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
Sep 23, 2014

Globalization Gains for Developed Countries Outpace Those for Emerging Nations

WASHINGTON, DC/GUETERSLOH, GERMANY (September 22, 2014) – Increased economic, social and political ties among countries have provided universal if uneven growth over the past two decades, with developed countries benefiting most from a higher level of globalization, according to a new study by the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Global Economic Dynamics program.
Sep 22, 2014

TTIP and the SME Sector

BRUSSELS (September 11, 2014) - Parliamentarians, advisors and stakeholders throughout the trans-Atlantic community delved into the potential impact of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on small- and medium-sized businesses at a gathering at the European Parliament (EP). The event, "Business of All Shapes and Sizes", was hosted by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the US...
Sep 16, 2014

CEPI Fellows Gather in Brussels

BRUSSELS (September 7, 2014) - Senior US and EU legislative staff members convened in Europe’s capital for the final leg of the 2014 Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI) to cement closer links between their legislatures while exploring EU activities in international trade and e-governance. The CEPI delegation, comprising ten fellows from the US Congress and ten from the European...
Sep 15, 2014

CEPI Launches Its Fifth Year of Fellowships

WASHINGTON, DC (May 31, 2014) – Twenty staffers from the US Congress and the European Parliament completed their first weeklong series of seminars designed to forge closer links on high-priority issues between the two legislative bodies. The staffers formed the fifth class of fellows of the Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI), which tackles issues in the legislative cycles of both...
Jun 10, 2014

TTIP Town Hall Travels to Texas

WASHINGTON, DC/AUSTIN/DALLAS (May 19, 2014) - The Bertelsmann Foundation undertook May 14-16 its first mission for meetings and presentations with local and regional American stakeholders on the impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The Texan cities of Austin and Dallas hosted the series of TTIP-related events, which occurred under the auspices of the Foundation’s...
May 23, 2014

A World Out of Balance: A Surplus of Politics, a Deficit of Ideas

6th annual Bertelsmann Foundation-Financial Times conference focuses on steps for stronger and more inclusive global growth WASHINGTON, DC (April 10, 2014) – The US manufacturing and energy sectors are booming, and the economy is on track for solid growth. In Europe, Greece has raised $4 billion with its first bond sale since the onset of the eurozone crisis. There are signs of recovery on both...
Apr 11, 2014

A Chance for Everyone

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim opens 6th annual Bertelsmann Foundation-Financial Times Conference WASHINGTON, DC (April 9, 2014) - Ending global poverty is not just a moral imperative but the basis for future economic growth, according to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who spoke at this evening's 2014 annual Bertelsmann Foundation reception. The event kicked off the 6th annual Bertelsmann...
Apr 9, 2014

A CAUTIOUS APPROACH TO CREATING A TRANS-ATLANTIC MARKETPLACE

Poll shows Germans and Americans support EU-US trade pact in principle; wary of details WASHINGTON, DC (April 9, 2014) - Publics in Germany and the United States support the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and trade expansion in general, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center in association with the Bertelsmann Foundation. But when it comes to specifics,...
Apr 9, 2014

TTIP TALKS ONE YEAR ON: CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM REMAINS

Stakeholder survey shows narrower agreement and longer negotiations now seen likely WASHINGTON, DC (March 24, 2014) – Stakeholders remain optimistic that a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal can be reached, but they believe a less comprehensive agreement will result from more protracted talks, according to a Bertelsmann Foundation-Atlantic Council survey released today on...
Mar 24, 2014

The Pumas and the Pacific Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC (March 13, 2014) - By embracing political and economic stability, international trade and global integration Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru ― the four countries that comprise the Pacific Alliance and that the Bertelsmann Foundation has dubbed the Pacific Pumas ― have emerged as high-growth states that should be key partners of the US and Europe.
Mar 17, 2014

THE PACIFIC PUMAS: LATIN AMERICA'S ECONOMIC HOPE?

Good governance and liberal economic policy in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru set regional examples; group is key partner for US, Europe WASHINGTON, DC (March 13, 2014) - By embracing political and economic stability, international trade and global integration, the countries of the Pacific Alliance ― Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru ― have emerged as high-growth states that should be key...
Mar 13, 2014

TTIP: EXPORT GAINS IN KEY U.S. INDUSTRIAL SECTORS

Largest export growth to be seen in motor vehicles, metals and processed foods WASHINGTON, DC (March 10, 2014) - A comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union would significantly boost exports from 14 key US industrial sectors, according to a new study conducted by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Atlantic Council and the...
Mar 10, 2014

TTIP: Possibilities, Realities and Perceptions

BRUSSELS (January 27, 2014) - The European debate about transparency and inclusion in the ongoing negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) took center stage at a Bertelsmann Stiftung Brussels office panel discussion in the EU capital. The event, "The TTIP Project: Economic Possibilities, Political Realities and Public Perception", brought together more than 200...
Jan 30, 2014

REVOLTS WORLDWIDE TO CONTINUE

Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index (BTI): democratic deficits and lack of social reform to fuel ongoing civil protests WASHINGTON, DC/GUETERSLOH, GERMANY (January 22, 2014) - A global wave of civil protests and revolts, which currently spans from North Africa to Ukraine to Thailand, will continue in the years ahead, according to the Bertelsmann Foundation's 2014 Transformation Index (BTI...
Jan 22, 2014

Bertelsmann Foundation Receives EU Grant for "TTIP Roadshow"

WASHINGTON, DC (January 13, 2014) – The Delegation of the European Union to the United States has named the Bertelsmann Foundation one of 18 recipients of grants that advance trans-Atlantic cooperation through policy research and debate relevant to EU-US relations. The Foundation received an award for its proposal to conduct a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) “roadshow” that...
Jan 13, 2014

The NSA Controversy Gets a First Public Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC/BERLIN (November 25, 2013) - It was the first public appearance of US officials in Berlin since allegations of NSA hacking of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone emerged, and a full house of German government officials, diplomats and journalists packed the Bertelsmann Building in Berlin on 25 November to pose blunt questions, and hear the responses from two special guests from...
Dec 12, 2013

The NSA Controversy and Trans-Atlantic Relations

WASHINGTON, DC (November 1, 2013) - Recent allegations of NSA hacking of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone have unleashed arguably the most serious rift in US-European relations in decades. As Europeans demand an end to American spying on allies and actions by Washington to re-establish a foundation for trust among the trans-Atlantic partners, a rupture in a profoundly successful and...
Nov 1, 2013

The Eurozone: No room for complacency

WASHINGTON, DC (October 10, 2013) – Market fears over an imminent collapse of the eurozone have subsided. Signs of recovery have emerged. Exports and domestic demand are increasing. Ireland is expected to begin exiting its support programs in the next few months. But the crisis is far from resolved. European financial institutions still face challenges to modernize the European social and...
Oct 11, 2013

TTIP: A Win for all 50 US States

WASHINGTON, DC (September 24, 2013) - The United States and the European Union launched negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in July, but until now no study of the impact of an agreement on the individual American states had been conducted. A TTIP, however, has profoundly positive consequences for each of the 50 states, according to a report released today by...
Sep 24, 2013

US-EU TRADE, INVESTMENT AGREEMENT WOULD CREATE JOBS, BOOST EXPORTS IN ALL 50 STATES

Accord could boost American employment by more than 740,000; California, Texas, New York, Florida gain most Advanced manufacturing, automotive sector and chemicals to benefit significantly WASHINGTON, DC (September 24, 2013) - An ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently under negotiation could provide hundreds of thousands of American jobs, benefiting every US...
Sep 24, 2013

2013 German Election Debrief: Prospects, Possibilities, Pitfalls

WASHINGTON, DC (September 23, 2013) - An unexpectedly large victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel and the CDU/CSU, a disaster for her FDP coalition partners, and disappointment for the SPD, the Greens, the Left Party and the upstart Alternative for Germany (AfD). That was the surprising background of “The 2013 German Election Debrief: Prospects, Possibilities, Pitfalls”, the Bertelsmann Foundation...
Sep 23, 2013

2013 CEPI Fellows Conclude Washington, DC Briefings

WASHINGTON, DC (August 31, 2013) – Twenty staffers from the US Congress and the European Parliament have completed a four-day series of seminars designed to forge closer links on high-priority issues between the two legislative bodies. The staffers formed the fourth class of fellows of the Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI), which tackles issues in the legislative cycles of both...
Sep 4, 2013

U.S. SOCIAL COHESION HIGH, UNAFFECTED BY IMMIGRATION

American community spirit strong despite country's large size and ethnic diversity WASHINGTON, DC/GUETERSLOH, GERMANY (July 16, 2013) - The US is a worldwide leader in social cohesion, according to the "Social Cohesion Radar", a study released today by the Bertelsmann Foundation and Jacobs University Bremen. The study, which examines 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and...
Jul 16, 2013

Dallara, Uhr to Join Bertelsmann Foundation Board

WASHINGTON, DC (July 3, 2013) - The Bertelsmann Foundation board is growing. Two new members have recently joined to assist the DC office with expanding its external networks while solidifying its links to the Stiftung. Charles Dallara is chairman of the Americas and a board member of the Partners Group. Based in Washington, DC, he has 37 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Partners...
Jul 3, 2013

US, EU Benefit Significantly From TTIP

Bertelsmann Foundation-commissioned study shows impact on 126 countries; traditional trading partners and developing countries disadvantaged WASHINGTON, DC/GUETERSLOH, GERMANY (June 17, 2013) - The US and all EU member countries would benefit significantly from a comprehensive trade pact, according to "Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Who benefits from a free trade deal?",...
Jun 16, 2013

TED Meets INCRA

WASHINGTON, DC/EDINBURGH (June 13, 2013) - Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser presented on June 12 the Bertelsmann Foundation’s proposal for INCRA, an international non-profit credit rating agency, at the renowned TEDGlobal 2013 conference in Edinburgh. The INCRA proposal is designed to confront the weaknesses of the current credit-rating-agency sector.
Jun 13, 2013

2013 CEPI Fellows Convene in Brussels

BRUSSELS (June 2, 2013) - US Congressional and European Parliament staffers came together in the Belgian and European capital for the first conference of the 2013 class of the Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI). The gathering, organized by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Bertelsmann Stiftung Brussels took place May 28 through June 1.
Jun 2, 2013

A GERMAN EXIT FROM THE EUROZONE? NOT WORTH IT.

Benefits of keeping the common currency outweigh costs of withdrawal WASHINGTON, DC/GUETERSLOH, GERMANY (April 29, 2013) - Eurozone membership provides Germany with significant economic gains that more than compensate for any advantages from a return to the deutschmark, a new Bertelsmann Foundation-commissioned study calculates. The currency union's benefits remain even if Germany were to retain...
Apr 29, 2013

Looking Beyond the Political Gridlock in Washington and Economic Woe in Europe

5th annual Bertelsmann Foundation-Financial Times Conference explores options for “re-booting” the global economy WASHINGTON, DC (April 18, 2013) - The US economy is back to form, but domestic political gridlock, volatile job numbers and shaky financial markets threaten to unravel the recent success story. On the other side of the Atlantic, the eurozone has overcome its existential crisis, but...
Apr 19, 2013

TEMPERED OPTIMISM GREETS TTIP

Bertelsmann Foundation-Atlantic Council survey: Most stakeholders in a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership see modest agreement in force by 2016 WASHINGTON, DC (April 17, 2013) - A Bertelsmann Foundation-Atlantic Council survey of 120 stakeholders in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations reveals that 88 percent believe the US and the European Union (EU...
Apr 17, 2013

NO AAA FOR THE USA

INCRA sovereign-debt rating AA+: Governance issues put Washington at risk for a downgrade WASHINGTON, DC (April 14, 2013) - Ongoing political gridlock and relatively elevated debt ratios have earned the United States a sovereign-debt rating of AA+ rating with a stable outlook, according to the criteria used by INCRA, the Bertelsmann Foundation's proposal for an international non-profit credit...
Apr 14, 2013

SYSTEM UPGRADE: TIME FOR AN ECONOMIC RE-BOOT

Bertelsmann Foundation - Financial Times 5th annual conference on April 18 to focus on economic growth through innovation, global financial governance and the eurozone crisis Confirmed speakers include Ali Babacan, Marsha Blackburn, Anders Borg, Mauricio Cárdenas, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Keith Ellison, Carly Fiorina, Colleen Hanabusa, Pierre Moscovici, Tim Pawlenty, Wolfgang Schäuble, Paul Volcker...
Apr 11, 2013

USA RANKS LAST IN INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE

American youth face greater economic, social and environmental burdens than their counterparts in other industrialized countries WASHINGTON, DC/GUETERSLOH, GERMANY (April 11, 2013) - The United States has the most intergenerationally unjust society among 29 developed nations, a Bertelsmann Foundation study released today concludes. The report, "Intergenerational Justice in Aging Societies",...
Apr 11, 2013

Can Europe Learn from Latin America?

WASHINGTON , DC (March 21, 2013) - The Bertelsmann Foundation today presented “Surviving A Debt Crisis: Five Lessons for Europe from Latin America”, a study by Samuel George. The report looks at Latin America during its financial crises in 1982-1989 and 2001-2002 and offers Europe an opportunity to learn from that region’s experiences during those fraught economic times. The paper provides...
Mar 22, 2013

“Good Job, Buddy”

The Bertelsmann Foundation presents its Field Manual to Europe in Berlin and Brussels BERLIN/BRUSSELS (February 1, 2013) - The American ambassador to Germany could not have been more direct in his praise. “Good job, buddy,” he said to Bertelsmann Foundation Transatlantic Relations Director Tyson Barker. Ambassador Philip Murphy was making the introductory remarks at a January 31 panel discussion...
Feb 6, 2013

"Field Manual to Europe" Released

WASHINGTON, DC (January 18, 2013) – With a discussion featuring former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Congressman Vin Weber (R-MN), the Bertelsmann Foundation unveiled its trans-Atlantic strategy document for the second Obama administration on January 17 to an overflow crowd at Washington, DC’s Hay-Adams Hotel. Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser...
Jan 20, 2013

A "STEADY HAND" POLICY: NEW OBAMA ADMINISTRATION NEEDS CONTINUOUS ENGAGEMENT AND AN ECONOMIC COMPACT WITH EUROPE

Bertelsmann Foundation today releases a "Field Manual to Europe" with Madeleine Albright and Vin Weber WASHINGTON, DC (January 17, 2013) - The second Obama administration must acknowledge that Europe remains simultaneously a partner and a challenge to US foreign policy, a new Bertelsmann Foundation publication concludes. The "Field Manual to Europe" warns that Europe is not "solved" and calls on...
Jan 17, 2013

The Lessons of Democracy Promotion in Europe

WASHINGTON, DC (December 10, 2012) - The Bertelsmann Foundation hosted on December 7 a briefing on democracy promotion for Congressional staffers. The event, entitled “Democracy Promotion: Applying Success Approaches from Central and Eastern Europe” and held on Capitol Hill, explored the successes and lessons learned from Central and Eastern European during their transitions to democracy, and the...
Dec 10, 2012

INCRA: GERMANY'S TOP SOVEREIGN-DEBT RATING SECURE ONLY WITH REFORM

Serious risks to France's rating; Italy cited for good euro-crisis management WASHINGTON, DC/BERLIN (November 20, 2012) - A downgrading of Germany's top sovereign-debt credit rating can be avoided only if the country continues to implement fiscal reform at home and push for similar reform in its eurozone partners, according to the criteria set out in the Bertelsmann Foundation's proposal for the...
Nov 20, 2012

A Second Obama Administration and Europe

WASHINGTON, DC (November 7, 2012) - How will the re-election of President Barack Obama affect trans-Atlantic ties? Bertelsmann Foundation Transatlantic Relations Director Tyson Barker has penned a comprehensive analysis of the trends likely to characterize the US-European relationship in a second Obama administration.
Nov 7, 2012

"Megatrends in Global Interaction" Presented at Gallaudet University

WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2012) – The Global Futures Project introduced its recently published Megatrends in Global Interaction at a symposium at Washington, DC's Gallaudet University, the world's only university dedicated to serving the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The event brought the research of the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Global Futures Project to a new audience.
Oct 5, 2012

What Should Germany Have Done?

WASHINGTON, DC (September 20, 2012) - Chancellor Angela Merkel’s performance in the euro crisis was the focus of a debate on September 19 between Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser and economist Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Johns Hopkins University’s Michael Haltzel, formerly chief foreign-policy aide to now-Vice President Joe Biden...
Sep 21, 2012

2012 CEPI Fellows Convene in Washington

WASHINGTON, DC (September 3, 2012) - The Bertelsmann Foundation North America and the Bertelsmann Stiftung Brussels office brought together 20 US Congress and the European Parliament staffers for the second conference of the 2012 class of the Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI). The gathering took place 28 August – 1 September in Washington, DC.
Sep 5, 2012

Berlin "Future Day": Dynamic Solutions to Global Challenges

WASHINGTON, DC/BERLIN (July 2, 2012) - The Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Bertelsmann Foundation, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, hosted the first in a series of “Future Days”, which serve as forums to debate and prepare for some of the biggest global challenges. This event in Berlin also marked the launch of the publication Megatrends in Global Interaction.
Jul 13, 2012

All That Chinese Investment

WASHINGTON, DC/BRUSSELS (June 22, 2012) - The Bertelsmann Stiftung, the Bertelsmann Stiftung Brussels office and the Bertelsmann Foundation combined forces to host in Europe’s capital the official launch of “Cash in Hand: Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in the U.S. and Germany”, a joint publication with the Beijing-based China Center for International Economic Exchange (CCIEE). The gathering...
Jul 3, 2012

Still Loved, Though A Little Less

WASHINGTON, DC/BERLIN (June 13, 2012) - European approval of US President Barack Obama is overwhelmingly high and has slipped only slightly since his election almost four years ago, according to the latest study by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project. The study was presented today at the Bertelsmann Repraesentanz in Berlin at an event organized by the Bertelsmann Foundation.
Jun 18, 2012

INCRA Goes To Brussels

WASHINGTON, DC/BRUSSELS (June 5, 2012) - After unveiling its proposal for an international non-profit credit rating agency (INCRA) at its annual financial conference in April, the Bertelsmann Foundation has launched an effort to get policymakers to put the proposal on their list of action items. As part of that effort, Annette Heuser, the Foundation’s executive director, held talks in early June...
Jun 5, 2012

2012 CEPI Fellows Convene in Brussels

WASHINGTON, DC/BRUSSELS (June 3, 2012) - The Bertelsmann Foundation and the Bertelsmann Stiftung Brussels office brought together 20 staffers from the US Congress and the European Parliament (EP) for the first meeting of the 2012 class of the Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI) fellows. The gathering took place May 29 – June 2 in Brussels.
Jun 3, 2012

The Economics of European Integration

WASHINGTON, DC/BRUSSELS (May 29, 2012) - The Bertelsmann Foundation and the Bertelsmann Stiftung Brussels office hosted in the Belgian capital today the launch of the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Survey on Europe. The report, entitled “European Unity on the Rocks”, addressed Europeans’ growing weariness towards greater European integration. The polling data drew on more than 8,000...
May 30, 2012

3rd Class of CEPI Fellows Convenes

Five-day staffer exchange between Washington and Brussels legislatures begins next week; financial services/banking regulation and agriculture policy in the spotlight WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2012) - The Bertelsmann Foundation's Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI) is pleased to announce the third class of CEPI Fellows who will participate in this year's exchange program for staff...
May 21, 2012

A Capitol Hill Crash Course

WASHINGTON, DC (May 3, 2012) - The Bertelsmann Foundation’s trans-Atlantic relations team has held its annual “Brussels 101” briefing for Congressional staffers. The session brought together European Union experts to discuss the basic competencies of EU institutions, their decision-making processes, policymaking procedures, and roles in shaping economic, foreign and security policy for the 27-...
May 3, 2012

Making a Comeback: A Return to Jobs and Growth

WASHINGTON, DC (April 20, 2012) - The fourth annual Bertelsmann Foundation-Financial Times financial conference was held April 18-19, 2012 in Washington, DC. The event kicked off with an evening reception for more than 400 people at the US capital’s National Portrait Gallery. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde was the guest of honor and spoke to participants on the eve of the Fund’s spring...
Apr 20, 2012

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde Opens 4th Annual Bertelsmann Foundation – Financial Times Conference

WASHINGTON, DC (April 18, 2012) - International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde called for a "Washington moment", in which the global community can come together and commit to improving the world economy by sharing knowledge, understanding and best practices, in the opening speech of "Making a Comeback: A Return to Jobs & Growth", the Bertelsmann Foundation's fourth annual...
Apr 18, 2012

A Blueprint for "INCRA" - An International Non-Profit Credit Rating Agency

Bertelsmann Foundation releases report on creating an organization for sovereign-debt ratings with more transparent and comprehensive criteria WASHINGTON, DC (April 17, 2012) - In light of the intense criticism leveled against credit rating agencies for their perceived failure to analyze adequately sovereign creditworthiness, the Bertelsmann Foundation has developed a blueprint for an...
Apr 16, 2012

Making a Comeback: A Return To Jobs and Growth

Bertelsmann Foundation - Financial Times 4th annual conference on April 19 to focus on labor-market reform and innovation, global financial governance Framework for an international non-profit credit rating agency to be presented Confirmed speakers include Jörg Asmussen, Marek Belka, Thomas Donohue, James Flaherty, Ma Weihua, Hilda Solis, Gene Sperling, Chris Van Hollen, Ursula von der Leyen...
Apr 11, 2012

Democracy In Retreat Worldwide

Biannual Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index shows decline in quality of democracy, little linkage between economic stabilization and social inclusion WASHINGTON, DC / GUETERSLOH, GERMANY (March 22, 2012) - Many countries are increasingly curtailing political freedom, and setbacks are especially dramatic in Latin America and southeastern and eastern Europe. At the same time, socio-...
Mar 22, 2012

Too Little of a Good Thing: Social Justice in the USA

WASHINGTON, DC (March 2, 2012) – Just a few days prior to Super Tuesday, the Bertelsmann Foundation presented for the first time to a US audience the findings of “Social Justice in the OECD – How Do the Member States Compare?” This report, released by the Germany-based Bertelsmann Stiftung in late 2011, compared 31 OECD nations on their fostering of six factors that contribute to social...
Mar 2, 2012

The Credit Rating Agency of the Future - FAQs

WASHINGTON, DC/GUETERSLOH, GERMANY (January 26, 2012) - In light of recent, wide-ranging criticism of international credit rating agencies, the Bertelsmann Foundation will lead a group of international experts to develop a model for a non-profit institution that uses transparent criteria to rate sovereign debt. Below are answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) that supplement our media...
Jan 26, 2012

CEPI Grant Renewed

WASHINGTON, DC (January 9, 2012) – The Bertelsmann Foundation has received another two years’ financial support from the Delegation of the European Union to the United States to continue the Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI) through the end of 2013. The CEPI is dedicated to forging a common trans-Atlantic political culture by bringing together Congressional and European...
Jan 9, 2012

The Credit Rating Agency of the Future

Bertelsmann Foundation aims for non-profit institution that uses transparent criteria WASHINGTON, DC/GUETERSLOH, GERMANY (December 9, 2011) – In light of recent, wide-ranging criticism of international credit ratings agencies, the Bertelsmann Foundation will lead a group of international experts to develop a model for a non-profit institution that uses transparent criteria to rate sovereign debt.
Dec 9, 2011

What Does Europe Want?

revised January 24, 2012 with an updated version of the document WASHINGTON, DC (December 7, 2011) - In conjunction with the critical December 8-9, 2011 EU summit, the Bertelsmann Foundation has published a primer on the four main European actors in the euro crisis. This paper, entitled “What Does Europe Want?”, looks at the positions of Germany, France, the European Commission and the European...
Dec 7, 2011

RT Interviews Tyson Barker on EU-US Summit; Eurozone Crisis

WASHINGTON, DC (November 28, 2011) – Bertelsmann Foundation Transatlantic Relations Director Tyson Barker was interviewed on RT's “The Alyona Show.” He spoke with host Alyona Minkovski about the day's EU-US summit and the ongoing eurozone crisis.
Nov 29, 2011

Israel’s Domestic Challenge

WASHINGTON, DC (November 16, 2011) – More than sixty years after its founding, Israel remains a democracy in the making, struggling to define its own identity as tensions between the country’s Jewishness and democratic traditions persist. This was the focus of a Bertelsmann Foundation video briefing on 16 November with Dr Arik Carmon, president and founder of The Israel Democracy Institute in...
Nov 16, 2011

Washington Comes to Brussels

BRUSSELS (November 10, 2011) - The US Congress, US foreign policy, and the US administration were front and center at the European Parliament (EP) on November 10, when the Bertelsmann Foundation hosted another of its “Washington 101” briefings. This workshop delved into the ways these American institutions function and their roles in current US debates on the economy and military intervention...
Nov 10, 2011

USA Lags in All Areas of Social Justice

World's largest economy ranks 27th among 31 OECD nations WASHINGTON, DC/GUETERSLOH, GERMANY (October 27, 2011) - The United States may still lead the world in the size of its economy, but it performs poorly in a host of areas that make for a socially just country.
Oct 27, 2011

What Is Germany Thinking?

WASHINGTON, DC (October 6, 2011) - “Germany is part of the solution, but also part of the problem.” So opened Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser in an October 6 discussion with the European Council on Foreign Relations’ Ulrike Guérot based on the recent publication that she co-edited, “What Does Germany Think About Europe?”
Oct 6, 2011

The UNFCCC as Matchmaker

Bertelsmann Foundation report urges secretariat to assume expanded role to combat climate change WASHINGTON, DC (September 27, 2011) - The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, the proposed Technology Executive Committee (TEC), and the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) should each take on new roles matchmaking public-private partnerships to combat...
Sep 27, 2011

The Turkish Weltanschauung

WASHINGTON, DC (September 24, 2011) - Turkey has been all over the headlines recently. The country’s relations with many of its neighbors – Syria, Israel, Iran and Cyprus – have soured in recent months. But on the economic front, everything continues to bloom. Turkey recent posted a growth rate that exceeded China’s.
Sep 24, 2011

A New Role for UNFCCC

NEW YORK (September 21, 2011) - With the UN General Assembly in session, former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos and former Irish President Mary Robinson participated 21 September in a Bertelsmann Foundation roundtable discussion on the UN’s new role leading the fight against climate change. The event marked the official launch of the recent Bertelsmann Stiftung report, “A New Role for UNFCCC: The...
Sep 21, 2011

9/11 - Ten Years Later

BERLIN (September 7, 2011) - The Bertelsmann Foundation hosted a discussion to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, DC. The event, entitled "Still With Us: The Global War on Terror Ten Years After 9/11", brought former US Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert and former US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff to the...
Sep 7, 2011

2011 CEPI Fellows Hit the Ground in Brussels

The Bertelsmann Foundation North America and the Bertelsmann Stiftung Brussels office brought together 20 US Congress and the European Parliament staffers for the first conference of the 2011 class of the Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI). The gathering took place 18-22 June in Brussels.
Jun 23, 2011

Back To Work: Innovation, Investment and International Open Markets

The state of the world economy was again the focus of the Bertelsmann Foundation's largest annual event as 200 influential government representatives, business executives and representatives of the academic, think-tank and media communities gathered at the Newseum in Washington, DC to discuss options for spurring employment in a jobless economic recovery.
Apr 15, 2011

Annual German Conference at Harvard University

The two-day conference, co-hosted by Bertelsmann Foundation, focused on wide-ranging topics that included the role of collective identities in the financial crisis; the effects of the economic downturn on American and European defense budgets; US and European labor-market models; and the role of innovative financing in transforming the healthcare sector.
Feb 3, 2011

Global Futures - Megatrends Project Wins Rockefeller Foundation Grant

WASHINGTON, DC (December 16, 2010) - The Bertelsmann Foundation has secured a two-year grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to expand the futurechallenges.org web platform, which provides high-quality dialogue about global issues facing policymakers, civic society and the media. The platform is the venue for publicizing the results of the Bertelsmann Foundation's Megatrends Meta-Analysis (MeMA)...
Dec 16, 2010

Opportunities in Crisis 2: Defining new avenues of growth

Bertelsmann Foundation’s 2nd annual conference highlights need for global cooperation and solutions to financial crisis The Bertelsmann Foundation again joined forces with its media partner, the Financial Times, to host a second annual conference. “Opportunities in Crisis 2: Defining new avenues of growth” was held April 22 at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
Apr 23, 2010

Pre-Conference Reception Yields High Hopes for Broad Dialogue

WASHINGTON, DC (April 21, 2010) - More than 400 representatives of government, business, media and academia attended the Bertelsmann Foundation's second annual spring reception at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. The event was held a day before the Foundation's annual conference, this year entitled "Opportunities in Crisis 2: Defining new avenues of growth"
Apr 21, 2010

The First 100 Days. Opportunities in Crisis: Empowering society in a time of economic turmoil

“The First 100 Days” Conference Examines Options for New Economic Growth The Bertelsmann Foundation joined forces with its media partner, the Financial Times, to host “The First 100 Days. Opportunities in Crisis: Empowering society in a time of economic turmoil” on April 23 at Washington, DC’s Newseum. The conference, timed to coincide with US President Barack Obama’s 100th day in office,...
Apr 24, 2009

Bertelsmann Foundation Opens 100 Days Conference in Washington, DC

UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman addresses reception audience WASHINGTON, DC (April 23, 2009) - The Bertelsmann Foundation conference, "The First 100 Days. Opportunities in Crisis: Empowering society in times of economic turmoil," kicked off Wednesday evening, April 22, with a well-attended reception in Washington, DC's National Portrait Gallery. More than 400 guests assembled for a welcome...
Apr 23, 2009