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Populism is a growing movement. Democrats need to investigate on its characteristics to come up with counterstrategies.

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Is the EU the cause of the injustices we face? Zygmunt Bauman discusses Brexit and the impact it has on the world.

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The big challenge facing the EU is how it can reconcile its new policy of promoting stabilisation and security in the Middle East with human rights and democratisation.

Latest Publications

The present publication “For Democracy” outlines and analyzes the state of democracy worldwide as well as the possibilities of democracy assistance.

Air traffic must become climate neutral and more environmentally friendly. With the publication Aloft – An Inflight Review the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Airbus Group want to provide important insights into the current state of technological developments and the political debate surrounding the sustainable future of flying.

Infrastructure development acts as a gateway to natural resources and markets, powers industry, and provides key services to citizens around the world. However, the OECD’s infrastructure investment advice to the G20 is “out of sync” with recent achievements of the global community, such as the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

European Union

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After the failed coup d'état in July this year the EU has to re-position itself vis à vis post-coup Turkey. Finding a formulation that satisfies the EU and is acceptable to Turkey will not be easy.

External Relations

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The European Neighbourhood Policy is assessed by its annual Progress Reports. This article aims to complete its findings by interviews with researchers and practitioners from the ground.

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European Integration

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Great Britain has a rich history. Leaving the EU also affects countries that are part of the Commonwealth. India will redefine its economic and political strategy with both the UK and the EU.

 

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Democracy & Development

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Parallels between the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016: does the society always pay the bill in international sport competitions?

 

 

Sustainable Development

The demonstrators wonder: Olympia for whom?

With the Olympics Rios city limits are shifted: Instead of fostering the wealth of the population, the municipality opens the way for speculation in real estate.

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Human Rights & Gender

 Gathering of opponents of the draft constitution close to the Presidential Palace
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The German federal government sees Egypt as a state that can guarantee regional stability. But especially the support of the regime as-Sisi increases the instability in the region. It's time for a new approach to Egypt.

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Climate & Energy

Ceremony of opening of gasoline Nord Stream
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The gas pipeline Nord Stream II should double the existing natural gas transport capacity from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea. Juraj Mesík explains why the Kremlin will be the biggest winner of this project.

European Energy Transition

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In addition to the usual, global overview of status and trends in reactor building and operating, as well as the traditional comparison between deployment trend in the nuclear power and renewable energy sectors, the 2016 edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR) provides an assessment of the trends of the economic health of some of the major players in the industry.

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Climate & Sustainable Development

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In cooperation with the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU and Stiftung Asienhaus, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung EU Office has the pleasure to invite you to a conference on regional and local best practices in tackling climate mitigation and adaptation challenges.

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Latest Event Reports

The EU-Turkey refugee deal attracted much criticism. This paper discusses whether the deal can be considered as a success or a sell out on European values, taking its impacts on migration flows, the EU asylum law and the European Convention on Human Rights into consideration.

On 21 June 2016, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union hosted a 'Workshop for the Future' for young Europeans. Questions such as how to deal with the after effects of the Paris and Brussels attacks and the fear and insecurity they have caused among the young have been raised and discussed.

Homophobia, discrimination and social exclusion are part of the day-to-day life of LGBTI persons in Honduras due to cultural background, religious fundamentalism and impunity. The event report examines if the European Union can help to overcome impunity of crimes against human rights defenders and LGBTI activists.

 

Climate change and environmental degradation have accelerated global migration flows and are continuously impacting the livelihood and mobility patterns of vulnerable populations across the world.

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The European Union Office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is looking for an intern for its visitor and communications programme as well as the EU project management, starting in winter 2016/17.

 

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New Dossiers

The European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament have all repeatedly called for regional cooperation in the context of the 2030 framework on climate and energy and the Energy Union.

Our capacity building workshop ‘How to Counter Right Wing Populism and Extremism in Europe’ gave its participants the possibility to compare the right-wing movements in their respective countries of origin and to jointly develop policies to combat this disquieting trend.

The eastern and southern neighbourhood of the European Union are in turmoil. The conflicts at the EU’s eastern and southern borders no longer stop there. How can an unstable EU contribute to the stabilisation and the rebuilding of its neighbourhood? How do people in the neighbourhood see the European Union and the state it is in?

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Although the numbers of refugees arriving in Europe are dropping, the continent still fails to present a coherent and humanitarian response to the refugee crisis. Our newest dossiers sheds light on the situation in various European countries.

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For the first time in the EU's history, a member state has voted to leave. In our dossier, we explore the international reactions: How are the EU member states as well as the US, Russia and Asian governments responding to Brexit? What will be the implications for other member states and the future of the EU?

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Flying is a central component of the globally networked world. At the same time, the environmental impact can no longer be ignored. Our dossier provides facts and infographics on the current state of technological developments and the political debate surrounding the sustainable future of air travel.

The TTIP Index: What's behind this?

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.

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Dossier

Our capacity building workshop ‘How to Counter Right Wing Populism and Extremism in Europe’ gave its participants the possibility to compare the right-wing movements in their respective countries of origin and to jointly develop policies to combat this disquieting trend.

Dossier

The eastern and southern neighbourhood of the European Union are in turmoil. The conflicts at the EU’s eastern and southern borders no longer stop there. How can an unstable EU contribute to the stabilisation and the rebuilding of its neighbourhood? How do people in the neighbourhood see the European Union and the state it is in?

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Coal does not just kill the climate. In coal mines, terrible working conditions are rife. Accidents are commonplace. Still, EU member states subsidize coal related business with almost 10 billion euros per year. Our dossier with all the articles and infographics from our Coal Atlas.

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The European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament have all repeatedly called for regional cooperation in the context of the 2030 framework on climate and energy and the Energy Union.

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The next years are critical for international action on climate change. The current negotiation process, as mandated by the Durban Plan of Action, aims at a new global climate agreement by the year 2015, which will take effect in 2020. The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union in cooperation with E3G organise the Dialogue Series “From Warsaw to Paris” on EU ambition in the international climate regime in the run-up to the Climate Summit (COP21) in Paris in 2015.

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

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When Croatia started negotiating its membership six years ago, the enthusiasm was great. What do Croatians think, hope and fear in light of the approaching EU-Membership?

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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.