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December 1989
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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?

Syria, Dar Al-Shifa hospital

How can Europe contribute to a much needed broader political strategy for Syria?

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Nevermind

The recent European elections have clearly demonstrated that (too) many people have lost faith in Europe and its politicians. They do no longer trust their ability to make things better. But, is Europe’s decline really irreversible?

WW II

Despite (or maybe rather because) of its unique achievements, the very essence of a European Union is being undermined by populist, revisionist and nationalist forces, including the dismissal of notions such as a 'European identity’, and a ‘collective European memory’. Yet the commonality of experience, past and present, is at the very core of the European project. How can we restore European memory and can it still be a driving force behind the European Union?

Wind Turbin

Where does the French-German tandem go when it comes to renewables cooperation? Where do we stand with regard to energy transition ambition on both sides of the Rhine? These and similar questions have been adressed at a Böll Lunch Debate in the summer, please find here the event report.

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European Union

Turul and the Hungarian flag
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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.

Alphabet Soup
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ISIS has plenty of funding, but it does not live on material sources only: one of their most powerful weapons is to commit the most monstrous atrocities - and make sure everybody sees them. Unable so far to stop them, Arab activists at least try and mock them, and the French foreign minister tries to ban them rhetorically where they want to be least: in the letter soup. Instead of their self-chosen name "Islamic State" he from now on wants to refer to them only by the acronym Daesh which they hate and try to ban by all means.

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Democracy & Development

Mexico

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

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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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Ecology

Climate Summit 2014
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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.

Photovoltaics
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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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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

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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?