Fostering democracy and upholding human rights, taking action to prevent the destruction of the global ecosystem, advancing equality between women and men, securing peace through conflict prevention in crisis zones, and defending the freedom of individuals against excessive state and economic power – these are the objectives that drive the ideas and actions of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

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'With great power there must also come - great responsibility'.

Many people assume, as if it were self-evident, that we live in a market economy. We like to believe that markets are guided by collective intelligence. Supply and demand set prices and the scale of production. Markets aggregate the decisions of many thousands of actors who, independently of one another, buy and sell goods and services. However, can we honestly say that we live in a merket economy?

The European Union and the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region have already got an increasing experience of cooperation in this field, either under the context of EUROCLIMA or other specific EU programmes or on the basis of bilateral cooperation between different countries in each region. This paper suggests new precise proposals, complementary to the ongoing work on many different subjects such as REDD, agriculture, early warning systems.

The G7 summit has set the stage to change global financial structures and align them with climate goals. With the Finance for Development conference in Addis Ababa, the summit to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals in New York and COP21 in Paris, 2015 is a crucial year to integrate the climate and sustainable development agendas with a redefined partnership between developing and developed countries to effectively move towards this transition. This Policy Brief discusses how the EU can shape 2015 outcomes and lead on climate finance.

Tamara Marbán, 2013 – Red Chilena contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres

Feminicide/femicide is the most extreme form of violence against women. It is not a matter of “…isolated incidents that arise suddenly and unexpectedly, but rather the ultimate act of violence which is experienced in a continuum of violence" against women.

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The conflict dynamics and development in Syria are strongly determined by the different groups' access to certain areas. Some have been able to turn problems into opportunities.

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Red Chilena contra la volencia hacia las mujeres.

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union would like to thank all those who participated in the VIII Conference on Feminicide: The Duty of Due Diligence to Eradicate Feminicide on Monday, June 1st and Tuesday, June 2nd 2015.

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The German energy transition - or Energiewende - cannot be regarded as a solely German phenomenon and is increasingly impacting energy systems far beyond its borders. If the Energiewende is to turn into a true success story it must become more European.

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How to finance the French energy transition? Find answers by reading our event report to mark the launch of www.mapropreenergie.fr


So far Europe has not acted in unity to find a solution for what has to be considered a humanitarian crisis and rather than on the safeguard of the rights of migrants the focus has mainly been on security. How will Member States now practically commit to the action plan and conclusions? Will the European Agenda on Migration tackle new territory and what else is needed to solve the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean?

How can the transatlantic exchange help to make energy infrastructure compatible with a transition to a low-carbon energy system? What new opportunities arise from investments in smart energy infrastructure? Which governance options can provide for effective, coherent and democratic energy infrastructure planning and what role can regional cooperation play in this regard?

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Europe is under pressure. It has to act on many levels, immediately, efficiently and convincingly.

The hbs European Union invites 15 young Europeans from France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Sweden and the UK to Brussels in order to discuss origin, background, ideology and strategies of right-wing populist and extremist parties and movements in their respective countries.