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A New Look for the Robert Bosch Stiftung

The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH has refined its look: A more varied color palette, emotional photos, and concise use of text and graphics reflect our new self-image.

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First Forum for Global Peace Advocates

Truth, justice, and remembrance: These themes take center stage in the work of the global peace advocates committed to dealing with violent conflicts and regimes in order to pave the way toward lasting peace. The Robert Bosch Stiftung hosted its first "Global Community Forum" in Berlin, bringing together 120 of these peace advocates.

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Following the Mega Election Year in Germany and Europe: Where Do We Stand?

The core question currently circulating throughout Germany and Europe is: "How much disparity can we live with?" Finding answers to this question will be critical to lawmakers’ and governments’ success in dealing with the protest movements in their nations, said Karl-Rudolf Korte, professor of political science and expert in election analysis, at the "Talk in the Park".

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Strengthening the Dialog, Not Increasing the Divide

How can we maintain the special relationship between the USA and Europe in the future? The Robert Bosch Stiftung’s answer: by stepping up our cooperation. Together with a U.S. think tank, The Brookings Institution, the Foundation has launched the "Brookings – Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative." At the kickoff event in Germany, international experts discussed the current challenges in transatlantic relations.

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Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

To mark France being the Guest of Honor country at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and its associated DVA Stiftung presented the "Dialogue of Ideas" at the book fair. This series of events focused on German-French translators who, besides the authors, play one of the most key roles in the literary world.

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"Quality, not Quantity"

For many years, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has been promoting translators as important agents in conveying culture and language. To honor her accomplishments in supporting translators, Maja Pflüger, Deputy Head at the Foundation, will receive the 2017 Übersetzerbarke (Translators’ Barque) at the Frankfurt Book Fair. We asked her about the Foundation’s current and future projects in promoting translation.

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Quo vadis, China?

Following elections in Europe, another major political event with global implication is about to take place: the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Delegates are set to vote for a new leadership panel, charting the country’s future political course. What are the challenges China will be facing in the years ahead? This question was subject of the event "Engaging with China" in Berlin.

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A Large Audience Comes with a Large Responsibility

Soccer reaches and excites people like almost no other sport. But time and again violence and racist chants also occur in the stadiums. The project Learning in Stadiums fills them with political education instead. While handing over the project to the DFL Foundation, personalities from professional soccer and society discussed the responsibility of the sport.

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Young Researchers Shaping the World of Tomorrow

Their activities include halting the decline of bees, extracting water from pharmaceutical waste materials, and campaigning for sustainable fashion. As part of the "Our Common Future" program, high school students are working on real-life research projects connected with sustainability. At the first-ever youth congress, they were given fresh motivation from the likes of former astronaut Thomas Reiter.

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Europe's Future in the Face of Transatlantic Challenges

How are European countries standing up for their own interests in dealing with the USA? This was the topic of discussion among foreign policy experts at an event hosted jointly by The Brookings Institution and the Robert Bosch Stiftung as part of a wider initiative. Other issues discussed included Russian aggression, trade, immigration, and relations with the USA.

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Additions to Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Management Board

Sandra Breka and Dr. Hans-Werner Cieslik have joined Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall and Uta-Micaela Dürig in managing the operations of the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH. Chairman of the four-person management team is Prof. Dr. Joachim Rogall.

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Memory Cultures

On behalf of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, eight creative professionals from China, Germany, Israel, and other nations designed individual and co-created joint themes for a memory game, addressing various forms of memory cultures – socially approved or acquired manners of a society or a group used to keep parts of the past in their consciousness.

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No School Left Behind

How can schools in crisis return to focusing on their mission of educating the young? The example of ten schools in Berlin that had reached the limits of their capability to act shows how it can be done: Thanks to the "School Turnaround" project, they have managed to get teaching back on track.

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Who Is Going to Vote?

In a movement called Demo, young people have joined together to convince their generation that democracy requires commitment and dedication. A workshop demonstrates that politics can be fun and that participation is worth the effort.

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"Women Carry Half of Heaven on Their Shoulders"

Young women in China are under enormous social pressure, and economic inequality between the genders is increasing as well: While women earned an average of 80 percent of their male colleagues’ annual salary in 1990, the ratio had fallen to 60 percent by 2010. So what is the current status when it comes to the role of women in China? A panel discussion in Berlin provided insight.

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Taking inspiration from "engine" and "couple"

Differences are not necessarily obstacles to a relationship, and in many cases they may turn out to be of value. This was the general message at the panel discussion on res publica with Winfried Kretschmann, state premier of the German state of Baden-Württemberg, and France’s former prime minister Manuel Valls at the University of Stuttgart.

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Going Abroad Makes a Difference

International experiences greatly benefits the individual, but also society. The change of perspectives broadens ones horizons, helps break down prejudices, and, in the long run, enables successful and responsible behavior in a globalised world. Therefore, every young person in Europe should have the chance to gain international experience.

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Hearing Before the US Senate: Russia and Germany's Elections

What impact does Russia have on democratic elections in Europe? And what can we expect for the upcoming German federal elections? These questions were the focus of a US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in June. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, testified as an expert for the situation in Germany.

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The Magazine "Sustainability"

Many people want to lead a more sustainable way of life but what can a single person do to contribute? In our new magazine Sustainability, we introduce you to creative and committed people who make our world a more sustainable place - be it at a farm, in the lab, in the supermarket or at an old train station.

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Looking Ahead: Our World in 2027

Global health, data governance, transnational terrorism: These three topics are expected to dominate the international agenda in the future. As part of the "Global Governance Futures" program, 25 junior managers from China, India, Japan, the USA, and Germany took a look ahead to the year 2027. In Berlin, they presented their future scenarios.

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Why Is Populism So Popular?

A group of international journalists is hunting for answers surrounding the events of the French election: why is the concept of a united Europe in such peril right now? The first event of the Bosch Alumni Network is proof that different perspectives inform your own opinion – and that the networking of the alumni opens up new possibilities.

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Speaking with One Another Rather Than about One Another: The First China-Germany-USA Media Forum

Editors in chief and well-known media representatives from China, Germany, and the United States came together in Berlin for the first joint media forum between the three nations. On the invitation of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, they talked about journalistic challenges that extend beyond their own national borders - from fake news and continuing digitilization on to the media’s responsibilities.

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Daring to Educate More - Recommendations for Better All-Day Schools

The number of students attending all-day schools in Germany has increased. Significant efforts were put into the expansion, but education researchers are seeing sobering results. For this reason, together with three foundations that support improvements to education, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has created comprehensive recommendations relating to policy and administrative changes.

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Chasing Sunshine

How can cities become more sustainable? As part of the Baladiya program, urban developers from North Africa are looking for answers to that question. They visited Germany’s first solar settlement in Freiburg. But renewable energy is merely one aspect of sustainable urban development - at least according to Hafsa Bakri from Morocco, who is thinking even further.

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The Future of Refugee Policy

The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR) presented its Annual Report 2017. The report shows new approaches for the integration of refugees into the labor market and society and outlines proposals for further development of EU refugee policy.

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Elections in France - the End of the EU as We Know It?

"The EU has been too often described as part of the problem, but it is part of the solution." The French journalist Natalie Nougayrède is Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy and an observer of international politics. In the interview she talks about the consequences of the breakthrough, the influence of Fake News, and why the election in France is decisive for the EU.

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Chamisso Prize: Telling Today’s Stories

Author Abbas Khider (right) was honored with the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize in Munich. The jury praised him as a "sensitive observer" of the situation for today’s refugees. In his latest novel, he made the main character a refugee who describes his exhausting experiences in Germany. The two Promotional Prizes go to Barbi Marković and Senthuran Varatharaja.

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New Robert Bosch Biography Published

Successful entrepreneur and concerned citizen, maverick and pioneer of the social market economy: in his biography of Robert Bosch, Peter Theiner paints a portrait of one of Germany’s most successful industrial magnates of the 20th century. In an interview, Theiner provides insight as to why Bosch, his mind-set, and his impact are once again relevant in today’s world.

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Young Bridge Builders for Europe

The signing of the Treaty of Rome 60 years ago marked the beginning of the road towards a united Europe. What does Europe mean to young people today? High school students from seven different countries have had their say – and they were full of answers like community, diversity, and one big homeland.

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How Young Muslims in Germany Are Getting Involved

Whether playfully, critically, or ending a fast through fair trade - Muslims in Germany want to help make a change and offer a positive example of Islam. The Robert Bosch Stiftung is funding this commitment through the Yallah! program. Along the way, the young people encounter not only the classic prejudices, but also - and above all - plenty of curiosity.

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France Approaches an Important Election

A threat to European unity, populist movements are growing stronger in many European countries. Just how strong these movements are will become much clearer following this year's elections. What will the democratic camp in France do to counteract the populists? Journalist Michaela Wiegel, who has observed our neighbors for many years as a correspondent in Paris, shares her thoughts in an interview.

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Dr. Michaela Dippold

In the coming decades, food shortages on the African continent will continue to intensify, especially in the dry sub-Saharan regions. Dr. Michaela Dippold, Robert Bosch Junior Professor 2017, wants to identify the adaptation mechanisms of older plant varieties looking at the small contact zones between the roots and soil. Her results are to be used as a basis for a new generation of high-yield varieties.

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Film Prize for New German-Arab Productions

At Berlinale Talents, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has awarded the Film Prize for International Cooperation between young filmmakers from Germany and the Arab world. Matching this year's Berlinale Talents motto "Courage", the three winning projects tell stories of independence and self-determination.

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Madeleine Albright in Stuttgart - "In My Heart I am European"

What role does the US intend to play in a world that finds itself in a state of disorder? At the Stuttgart Dialog, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright advocates for both sides of the Atlantic to stick together. She is concerned about the Trump administration’s policies, yet she also looks at the state of the EU with a critical eye.

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Berlinale Talents 2017 Ready for Action: Courage!

Courage is the theme of this year’s Berlinale Talents, the meeting of up-and-coming talent of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. Around 250 young filmmakers from more than 70 countries come together in Berlin and take part in workshops given by renowned professionals. One highlight is the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Film Prize for young filmmakers from Germany and the Arab world.

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Foundation for Peace

War and conflict leave their mark on a society long after the fighting has ended. And it is often underestimated how important the process of reconciliation after the conflict is. At the "Berlin Seminar: Truth, Justice, and Remembrance," participants from more than 15 countries around the world come together to converse with German experts and visit local memorial sites.

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The Foundation's 2017 New Year's Reception

In Berlin, directors of the Foundation’s Board of Management Uta-Micaela Dürig and Professor Joachim Rogall welcomed 300 guests from politics, civil society, media, science, and culture. Together they had their first glimpse of what is to come in the new year with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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What Really Matters to Refugees

Real social contacts to the German population are important to refugees. They wish for an intact social life and stable personal relationships. These are the first results of a study by the Expert Council’s Research Unit and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. What makes this survey unique is that refugees can address their own topics.

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From Refugee to Neighbor, Colleague, and Fellow Citizen

Following Germany’s acceptance of many refugees, one question has been dominating the current discourse: How can these refugees be integrated in such a way to allow them to successfully become neighbors, colleagues, and fellow citizens? We support projects that demonstrate concrete methods for successful cohabitation with refugees on a local level - in the professional world or at a karaoke bar.

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Adelbert von Chamisso Prize 2017 for Abbas Khider

Writer Abbas Khider (r.) receives the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize worth 15,000 euros. The two Promotional Prizes worth 7,000 euros each go to the authors Barbi Marković and Senthuran Varatharajah.

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How Cities Are Shaping China’s Future

In hardly any other country, urbanization is progressing as fast as in China. A study conducted by the World Bank concludes that by 2030, around 70 percent of the Chinese population will be living in cities - more than a billion people. How can this development be human and sustainable? A panel discussion within the series "Engaging with China".

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The Fatal Need for Small-Scale Spaces

How German are the Germans? Political scientist Herfired Münkler and curator Martin Roth addressed this question at the event series “Theater x Reality” in Stuttgart. Both did not want to speak of a dominant culture but instead spoke up for liberality and a post national understanding of being German.

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The Magazine "Peace"

Conflicts worldwide are increasing, in both number and intensity. To achieve peace, we need to do more than just put down guns. People need to feel that they live in a safe and just society. What can a single person contribute to peace? In our new magazine we present projects and introduce you to people who commit themselves to a peaceful coexistence in very different ways.

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"The Next Logical Goal Is the Moon"

The former astronaut Thomas Reiter thinks that, realistically, humans will land on Mars in around 20 years. "But the next logical goal is the moon," Reiter explained in Stuttgart. After all, the outbound trip alone to Mars would last seven months.

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What Kind of City Do We Want to Live in?

Berlin and Beijing, Bonn and Chengdu, Essen and Changzhou. Partnership agreements are in place between more than 100 German and Chinese cities. At the invitation of the Foundation, "city makers" from both countries met in Berlin to share ideas about how they can work together to develop livable cities.

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China's Civil Society Under Pressure

Next year China will introduce a new law on the regulation of foreign NGOs. Observers fear that this could further aggravate the situation for NGOs in the country. In Berlin, experts discussed the contents and possible effects of the law - "regulated playing field" or "expulsion of unpleasant actors"?

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Determination to Graduation

Fair starting conditions for young people – independent of their background and social status. The Robert Bosch Stiftung and Joachim Herz Foundation help make this a reality with their fellowship program "grips gewinnt." Every year, 110 new students are supported on their journey to finishing their high school diploma or equivalent.

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Workshop for Digital Learning

How can digital media enrich school lessons? At the start of the Forum on Digitizing Education, we are seeking schools that have already started changing their institutional and learning culture through the use of digital media. They can share their experiences and learn from one another at a workshop.

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German-Russian Anti-Corruption Projects

The battle against corruption is an important topic in Russia. Its success depends largely on the extent to which the principle of “good governance” can be implemented in everyday administrative practice. The state capital Stuttgart carried out a pilot project at the Russian City of Otradnyj.

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Priorities for Foundations Moving Forward

Foundations increasingly take on larger roles in finding solutions to social matters. Not only in Europe but especially in Asia and America as well. The white paper "Funding in the 21st Century. Trends and Priorities in the Foundation Sector" outlines five priority areas for the future of foundations.

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Social Entrepreneurs Against Unemployment

With their business ideas, they give the unemployed job prospects and create social value: at a final meeting in Brussels, social entrepreneurs from across Europe have presented their ideas for combating unemployment and have shown how they have successfully brought these ideas to southern Europe.

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No Looking Back – China Would Rather Forget the Cultural Revolution

It started with an orgy of violence – 50 years ago Mao Zedong initiated the "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution". The effects can still be seen in today’s politics. At the event series "Engaging with China" authors and scientists discussed how the revolution is interpreted and remembered today in China.

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Bosch Forms an Alliance Against Cancer

The Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Robert Bosch Hospital (RBK), and the Bosch Group are joining forces to fight cancer. The alliance’s core elements are the newly established Robert Bosch Centrum für Tumorerkrankungen (RBCT: Robert Bosch tumor center) and the planned alliance with the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ: German center for cancer research).

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China’s Media - the Government’s Mouthpiece?

At the Global Media Forum high-ranking media experts from China, Germany and the US discussed the role of media between state-run PR, propaganda, and international relations. The debate became controversial when the question rose whether public diplomacy and propaganda can be distinguished in China.

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A Chinese Student as the German Chancellor

If you want to understand another culture, you have to put yourself in the other people’s shoes. It’s this idea that fellows of the Robert Bosch Lectureship Program had in mind when they simulated government consultations between China and Germany with students from both countries. How does a Chinese student feel as a German chancellor?

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Theodor Heuss Medal for a Novel Refugee Accommodation

Grandhotel Cosmopolis in Augsburg is at the same time a hotel, refugee accommodation, and an artistic workshop - in other words, an innovative residential and social project. This "grand hotel" enables people to meet, get to know each other, and share their experiences.

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Homage to a Longtime Friend

The recently deceased Karl Dedecius appreciated and utilized cultural diversity as a builder of bridges between Poland and Germany. His legacy seems more relevant than ever in today's Europe. On the occasion of his 95th birthday on May 20, 2016, he was honored with a tribute event.

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Refugee Forum at Schloss Bellevue: Enabling Integration - Strengthening Solidarity

The Federal President of Germany and the Robert Bosch Stiftung host the forum "Integration ermöglichen - Zusammenhalt stärken" (Enabling Integration - Strengthening Solidarity) and discuss the integration of refugees with experts, scientists, politicians, and volunteers.

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Holocaust Survivor Esther Bejarano Raps Against Right-Wing Extremism

Esther Bejarano survided the concentration camp in Auschwitz. At the UWC Robert Bosch College she met with students from all over the world and read from her biography. The 91-year-old impressed the students with her positive attitude and her rap against rightist movements.

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Dr. Oliver Schenker

Today’s global economy is based on the overuse of natural resources. The economist Dr. Oliver Schenker develops models that give developing countries the opportunity to establish sustainable energy systems. With the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship "Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources" the Foundation provides him with one million Euro over five years for his research.

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At Home in Any Language

In the history of the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize only three outstanding personalities were awarded an honorary endowment. One of them was Imre Kertész who was not only recognized for his great literary works but also his translations and his commitement to the international exchange of literature.

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Leipzig Book Fair 2016

The great spring reading festival in Leipzig. The events held by the Robert Bosch Stiftung included literary voyages of discovery with Border Crossers authors, a translators’ meeting, and readings from this year’s Chamisso prize winners. This year’s program focus "Europa21. Thinking tomorrow’s society" focused on immigration and integration.

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Adelbert von Chamisso Prize 2016: Enriching German Literature

In Munich, the writers and translators Esther Kinsky and Uljana Wolf were awarded the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s 2016 Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, worth 15,000 euros. The Foundation awards the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize to honor outstanding German-language authors whose work is shaped by a change of culture.

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The Networked World: How Digitization Is Revolutionizing the Workplace

“Digitization is good!” – at least according to Timotheus Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG. At the Talk in the Park event, he explains what the worlds of politics and economics have to do to prevent German companies from losing touch with the digital transformation.

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We Have Lost a Dear Friend and Valued Adviser

Karl Dedecius was one of the most significant and inspiring partners the Robert Bosch Stiftung ever worked with in the promotion of international relations.

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What is the state of the friendship between France and Germany?

This is the question that author and journalist Pascale Hugues pursued on the occasion of the anniversary of the Elysée Treaty. She talks about how she experiences the relationship between Germany and France, the role nationalism, and what she means by "price of freedom".

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The Foundation's 2016 New Year Reception

It was with great emotion that the Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion quintet kicked off the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s new year reception held at its Representative Office in Berlin-Mitte. The Foundation took around 300 guests on a musical journey through the worlds of classical European and Latin jazz sounds.

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