Pussy Riot Members at Guelman Gallery

Hannah Arendt would have found a lot to dislike about today’s Russia. But she would have loved Pussy Riot. An excerpt from the lecture of Ralf Fücks upon the occasion of the 2014 Hannah Arendt Prize.

red energy

How can the 2030 climate and energy framework set the necessary conditions to further enhance the growth of renewables across the European Union?

Arriving at the horizon

With the 2014 Climate Summit taking place in Lima, Latin America is put into the spotlight of the international climate scene. Based on shared history and values, Latin America and the European Union could strengthen their bi-regional partnership and develop new narratives that might help to overcome the North-South division.

A new Approach to Migration in the Light of Africa-EU Relations

The policy paper was elaborated by members of the ENoP Working Group on Africa-EU Relations. In order to complement the European perspective, three chapters have been co-authored by African partners.


Newest Event Reports

Syria, Dar Al-Shifa hospital.

What is the strategy of the European Union and the US behind their war against ISIS? How can the EU and the international community play a more constructive role in Syria and Iraq?

Hungary, Romania 1989-2014

Romania and Hungary: different countries, different histories, different roads travelled, but the questions to be asked are the same: where did things go wrong, what is it the EU could have done differently and what needs to be done to keep both countries on the right track and offer a positive perspective to the people?


Are the Western sanctions against Russia working, how long should they remain in force and are there any other means to influence Russia’s politics? What else is it the EU can do to strengthen Ukraine? Is a long-term EU membership for Ukraine feasible and how would Russia react to that? What exactly is the driving force behind Putin’s policy towards Ukraine and how can EU-Russian relations evolve under such hostile circumstances?

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European Union

New connections

Hungary continues to extend its energy relations with Russia causing another major tension in the already heavy-loaded Hungarian-EU relations.

An 'informal tented settlement' in Lebanon's Bekaa valley.

More than six million Syrian refugees are in search of a different, a safer place in their home country and yet only arrive at places that are currently slightly less ghastly.

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Democracy & Development


Open letter to the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa, to their families, friends and colleagues.


Anat Thon Ashkenazi analyses how UNSCR 1325 on Women Peace and Security is relevant to the current situation in Palestine and Israel.

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Barbara Unmüßig, Co-President of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, contributed to Project Syndicate by demanding radical goals for sustainable development to succeed the United Nations' Millenium Development Goals.

Protest in Lima

The COP 20’s “Lima call for climate action” is no wake-up call but a worrisome sign of a feeble multilateral climate process plagued by political deafness and leaving poor and vulnerable communities alone with the impacts of climate change.

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Ensemble contre la haine

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Ensemble contre la haine

Creative Commons LizenzvertragThis image is licensed under Creative Commons License. Photo: Lucille Clerc

Events at hbs Brussels

4. Feb.
External Priorities and Internal Demands in Tunisia and Morocco

Energy Transition

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The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union has asked authors from various European countries to write about what these various historical dates mean for the presence and future of Europe.

Last year we invited 15 young people from the southern member states of the eurozone and from Germany to Brussels in order to discuss the future of their own countries with their peers and EU stakeholders.

In July 2013, the EU and the USA started negotiations to create the biggest global trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The TTIP is unprecendented in size and scope.

EnergyTransition@EU (formerly GET@EU) is a cooperation of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung offices in Brussels, Prague, Warsaw and Berlin.

Reclaiming the European Project

Ever since the outburst of the sovereign debt crisis in the eurozone the EU makes the impression of a punch-drunk boxer just before the knock-out. Is the once great European project failing?