This is not a Tsunami

Confronted with a different external and internal environment than its predecessors, the new external leadership trio Juncker-Mogherini-Tusk should however constructively strengthen and contribute to the practices of shared leadership and coopetition between EU Member States.

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.

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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?

Community owned wind turbin in Saerbeck, Germany

At the top of a spoil heap in Loos-en-Gohelle, participants from the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung’s Green Jobs Tour 2014 reflected on their 7-day journey through Poland, Germany and France.

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European Union

December 1989

In 1989 the Romanians took to the streets in Timisoara and later in Bucharest to protest against the communist regime and its heavy handed ruler, Nicolae Ceauşescu. Because of its violent nature, its structural conflict and results, this upheaval against Ceauşescu can be considered as one of the last European revolutions. Why is that still important after 25 years?

Turul and the Hungarian flag

For many years Hungary appeared to be the model pupil amongst EU candidate countries.  It was the only Eastern Bloc country that managed political transformation by means of an evolutionary process, albeit with the former communist party playing the most important role. Domestic events of recent years are evidence of a radically different picture.  Doubts about EU integration can no longer be ignored in Hungarian politics.

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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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Climate Summit 2014

The Ban Ki-moon Climate Summit, with the expected participation of more than 120 heads of states and high-ranking government officials from over 160 countries, is not part of the official UN climate negotiations process. Nevertheless, when the UN Secretary General announced the special summit more than a year ago, he did so certainly in hopes that government heads would strive to display decisive actions and announce ambitious emissions reduction goals to grease the path to a new global climate deal post-2020.


In many countries, solar energy is enjoying great success – photovoltaic modules are increasingly affordable and available to those interested in producing their own electricity. In the Czech Republic, however, those investing in and building solar power stations must constantly resist efforts by the government to destabilise the business environment, writes Martin Sedlák, Director of the Alliance for Energy Independence.

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Events at hbs Brussels

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Risks and Options

Climate & Energy Internship at Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union

We are looking for a new intern from January 2015 to support the Climate & Energy Programme of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Brussels for at least 3 months. The programme aims to contribute to the development of sustainable and ambitious European climate and energy policies and deals with national, European and global climate and energy issues. For further information about the content of the programme, see http://www.boell.eu/en/categories/ecology.  

The internship should be a compulsory part of the candidate’s studies. Further requirements and information can be found here (Internship info).

Knowledge of French and a proven interest in climate and energy issues would be additional assets.

Please send your CV and cover letter to Silvia Brugger (silvia.brugger@eu.boell.org).

Energy Transition

Grid image

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?