Global Jul. 8, 2015

A Global Middle Class Is More Promise than Reality

The first decade of this century witnessed an historic reduction in global poverty and a near doubling of the number of people who could be considered middle income. But the emergence of a truly global middle class is still far from fruition.

Fact Tank Jul. 8, 2015

Russians warm to China as relations with U.S. cool

As Russia plays host this week to a critical summit of leaders of the emerging market nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), Russian President Vladimir Putin is especially keen on bolstering ties with the leading economic power of the group – China.

Fact Tank Jul. 7, 2015

5 facts about Greece and the EU

Most Greeks polled in 2014 didn’t express particularly warm views of the EU. And public sentiment showed that many in other European nations harbor negative stereotypes of Greeks.

Fact Tank Jul. 3, 2015

As Greeks head to the polls, the Twitter conversation differs by language

Among Greek-language tweets studied, 40% of the conversation included positive expressions about the EU proposals on the referendum calling for a financial bailout, while 33% was negative and 27% was neutral.

Fact Tank Jul. 2, 2015

In wake of stronger growth, more Americans and Europeans say U.S. is top economic power

For the first time in six years, more people in America say that the U.S. – not China – is the world’s leading economic power, according to our new survey.

Fact Tank Jun. 2, 2015

5 key findings about how Europeans view the economy and EU

Despite their increasingly upbeat economic mood, Europeans show growing support for nontraditional political parties critical of the EU.

Fact Tank May. 28, 2015

What we know about Cuba’s economy

Despite some reforms, the island country’s economy remains dominated by the government and state-owned enterprises.

Fact Tank May. 11, 2015

Americans and Germans differ on approach to Russia

Not since the end of the Cold War has Russia loomed so large in German-American relations, due in large part to recent developments in Ukraine.

Fact Tank May. 7, 2015

5 key takeaways about the U.S.-German relationship

Although Americans and Germans were adversaries in World War II, they became allies during the Cold War and remain strategic trading and military partners today. Our survey, conducted in association with the Bertelsmann Foundation, shows that the relationship faces new challenges.

Fact Tank Apr. 16, 2015

Car, bike or motorcycle? Depends on where you live

In asking people in 44 countries which of these they owned, we found notable differences between economically advanced nations, emerging markets and developing countries.