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Safeguarding Democracy in the European Union

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Liberal democracies are under pressure, both worldwide and in Europe. For example, in Hungary and Poland, farright nationalist to nationalistic parties are in government and propagate an ‘illiberal’ democracy. The dismantling of democracy in an EU member state is not a national problem – it is a European one. The study makes clear the dilemma in which the EU finds itself and what possibilities for action are available to it.

How to Prevent the Chaos of Disintegration

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What if... the Eurozone became a real transfer union to reduce economic inequality and increasing social unrest between and within Member States? Read our last post on the Reconnecting Europe blog and find more topics that shaped the EU in 2018.

By Ricardo Cabral, Viriato Soromenho-Marques

The European Union and the Western Balkans: Bad Plans and Unfulfilled Promises

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Generally, the reconciliation processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in most other Balkan countries seem to retrograde. Economic and political situations are still unstable and a brutal plunder of state and social property left devastating consequences. The EU's interference in the region doesn't help stabilising the 'black mosaic'.

By Zlatko Dizdarević

Striving for Gender Equality

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In the early days of his mandate Erdoğan presented himself as one of the main defenders of women’s rights. However, after 2010 the government focused predominantly on religious themes and defined gender roles more and more traditionally and restrictive. According to surveys, nearly 50% of all Turkish women have experienced domestic violence and the political climate is increasingly discriminating against women.

By Charlotte Joppien
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What Is at Stake in the 2019 European Election?

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The upcoming European election in 2019 might bring about an unprecedented political earthquake, already foreshadowed four years ago, blowing away the political centre altogether. What is likely to happen in the end: the feared come-back of nationalism or is there hope for a pro-European revival?

The Future of Transatlantic Relations

Two years after President Trump's election we have a look at the political, social and economical landscape, the changes in multilateral relations in the fields of trade, security policy as well as climate and energy. President Trump is at the same time a symptom and a cause for the divide that splits the US. But which position can the EU adopt in transatlantic relations? 

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Does Europe Need a Political Disruption ?

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New transnational movements like Volt Europa can bring much-needed disruption to a system of old nation-state politics. It is not too late to turn things around for this continent.

By Daniel Matteo

Greens in Europe

Greens in Europe

To see the share of the Green party in each Member State, click on the map & move your cursor over each country!

2018: Re-launch or Further Disintegration of the European Project

Saying that Europe is back, as French president Emmanuel Macron declared recently, seems to be slightly over-optimistic. Will Angela Merkel, damaged by vote loss in the election and her failure to put a coalition with the Greens and Liberals together, be able and willing to support Macron in his attempts to re-launch the European project? Will other Member States join in these efforts? Not too many contenders seem to be on the horizon. In Central Eastern Europe right-wing populism and nationalism have taken over and in some countries the rule of law is under pressure. In the South, Italy seems to be heading for post-election chaos and the Spanish state is rattled by Catalonia’s independence efforts. Greece is still wrestling with economic and social problems and its disproportionate share of the burden of the migration crisis. The North is quiet and seemingly unattached as always, but even there populism is gnawing away at the fundaments of democracy. The founder nations of what has become the EU are struggling to keep on track, which in the case of Italy is likely to end in derailment. All this makes the EU’s prospects for 2018 uncertain. The post-Brexit Union keeps disintegrating, politically and economically, but also in terms of shared values. Fundamental reforms are needed in order to save the legitimacy and integrity of the Union. But who will push for them? Europe needs leaders with a vision and the courage to interrupt the national and institutional navel-gazing which has been going on for too long and led to the impasse we’re stuck in since many years.

Zora Siebert
Head of EU Policy Programme
Tel. +32 (0)2 743 41 05
Email: zora.siebert@eu.boell.org

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Reconnecting Europe

Our blog deals with the main challenges the European Union faces in 2018 and provides posts by a range of high profile authors and young talents with different professional and national backgrounds.

External Relations

The Transatlantic Stress Tests

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During the past seven decades, transatlantic ties have been tested repeatedly. They have included economic conflicts, competition for markets, dealing with armed conflicts and cultural clashes. Europe and the US share both the challenges and the consequences for either success or failure which makes the transatlantic relationship more important now than it has been since the end of the Cold War.

By Jackson Janes

On this Year’s Hessian Peace Prize for Şebnem Korur Fincancı

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Şebnem Fincancı was rewarded for her lifelong engagement for investigating on torture and inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. The manual she published in 1999 has been accpeted as official document by the United Nations and serves as handbook and guideline for doctors, lawyers and judges. However torture remains a reality in Turkish prisons. And not only.

By Charlotte Joppien

Not Getting Away With Murder

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US Congress and the Trump administration are still wrangling over how to deal with Saudi Arabia in response to the brutal killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Europe should take a principled stance.

By Dominik Tolksdorf
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European Integration

The Twilight of the Russian World

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The Russian World assumes that there is a distinctive Russian civilisation with its own territory to be governed by a single political and religious authority. However a reunificaton of the 'divided world' between Russia, Belarus and Ukraine is more propaganda than reality.  

By Adam Balcer

Turkey’s new presidential system: what implications for EU-Turkey relations? [1]

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In June 2018, the transformation of the political system from a parliamentary to a presidential one has become effective. The Turkish Parliament has been weakened and the political hierarchy with the President as the highest standing has been further strenghtened. But suspending accession talks would also suspend European support for more democracy.

By Laura Batalla, Charlotte Joppien
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Capacity Building

Capacity Building for the Post-Brexit Generation

60 Years after the signing of the Rome Treaty, Europe is not a pretty sight. But what does the young generation make of all this, in what kind of Europe do they want to live and how do they want to achieve it? 

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2014: A European Year of Remembrance

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.

Spotlight on Croatia

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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With the TTIP-Index we want to broaden the discussion beyond the expert circles. We are providing a resource for anyone intersted in learning more about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to educate themselves, and to create a higher level transparency.

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