European Union

A changing European Parliament

Comment

The European Parliament has become more pluralist and more diverse, which may mean opportunities for its future work. As part of a broader pro-European alliance the Greens will unquestionably play an important role in the newly elected Parliament.

By Eva van de Rakt

How GDPR Is Driving the US Privacy Legislation Debate

Article

While US companies might dominate the tech industry, the European Union is leading the way on digital rights. By regulating a key part of the global market, the EU has put data protection on the agenda around the world. In the United States, reeling from the realisation that the control of data affords Big Tech enormous economic and political power, politicians from both sides are now calling for reform.

By Sabine Muscat

Focused on the Far Right

Background

In the run-up to the European elections, US President Donald Trump shows where his sympathies lie.

By Dominik Tolksdorf
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Latest Publications

From «Paymaster of Europe» to «Shaper of Europeʼs future»

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Although the European Union is facing enormous political challenges, Germany has shown little initiative in European politics in recent years. Proposed reforms of other member states, such as France, have been mostly opposed on the grounds that «the German taxpayers» must not be even further burdened. This study investigates the factual and popular basis of this narrative.

Agriculture Atlas 2019

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Facts and Figures on EU Farming Policy: No other economic activity is so closely interwoven with the human and natural environment as is agriculture. If farming changes, so too the ecological and social systems that it hosts must change. The Agriculture Atlas shows how closely Europe’s agriculture is intertwined with our lives and our living space and pushes for a better, fundamentally different set of agricultural policies.

Stabilization via change? The European Union’s support for human rights advocacy in Lebanon

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Civil society is identified as a key partner for the European Union (EU) and receiver of financial support in the European Neighbourhood Policy, as civil society is closest to the citizen’s needs, for example in terms of human rights. However, the existing body of research questions whether such aspirations for human rights are compatible with the EU’s main priority in neighbourhood, stabilization. To investigate how this alleged contradiction affects the de facto support for pro-democratic civil society organizations, this research focuses on the question “What are the means of the European Neighbourhood Policy to support Lebanese Human Rights Organizations in their advocacy for Human Rights and Democracy in Lebanon?”Interviews with local experts show that the EU Delegation is striving to cooperate closely with civil society actors to support their human rights advocacy but is limited in their capacity to provide funding to HROs due to a shift of priorities in the newest Single Support Framework (SSF). A comparison of the SSF from before and after stabilization became the main priority, confirms this finding.

A Local Turn for European Refugee Politics

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In this policy paper “A Local Turn for European Refugee Politics” the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung puts forward proposals for a more active role of the municipalities in refugee and asylum policy.

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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!

Election Year 2019 – Stress Test for the EU

In 2019 the European Union is confronted with serious challenges and uncertainties. Far-right movements and parties attack democratic values and principles in many countries. The rule of law is under pressure, not only in Hungary and Poland, and the polarisation of societies endangers social cohesion all over Europe. 2019 is also the year of Brexit. Three decades after 1989, the EU seems at risk of falling apart. On the other hand, the latest Eurobarometer survey shows a continuous increase in citizens’ support for the EU. More than two-thirds of the respondents are convinced that their country benefits from being an EU member state. This is the highest score ever measured since 1983. 

A new European Parliament will be elected in May, and later in the year, we will have a newly composed European Commission with a new President. Will the centre-right European People’s Party still be the largest political group in the parliament, as it has been for the past 20 years ? New emerging players are likely to increase political fragmentation. A third of the new parliament’s seats could go to anti-establishment and eurosceptic parties at the expense of centrist and largely pro-EU coalitions. Will French president Emmanuel Macron be able to maintain the momentum of his movement 'En Marche' and win a significant number of seats? Despite Macron’s visions to reform France and the EU, his approval is shrinking. Looking at the polls in different EU countries, there is a gleam of hope that the Greens might keep the size of their group and an upward trend has been noticeable for some months now. 

In this section you can find blog posts, publications and information about events that we are organizing in the context of our EU Policy Programme.

Zora Siebert
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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
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European Integration

European election campaign in Poland: test run for autumn general elections

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The figures speak for themselves: 15 years after joining the European community, 91 percent of Poles support EU membership, with only five percent against. According to 78 percent of those surveyed, the consequences are overwhelmingly positive. Moreover, 56 percent feel they are Europeans, an increase of around 13 percent compared to 2014.

By Irene Hahn-Fuhr

Staring into the Brexit void

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The question keeps returning: What's next with Brexit? If the UK would like to opt for an Art. 50 extension, it will first have to ask the European Council where all 27 Member States would have to agree unanimously. The British Government undertook and takes a long walk from fantasy to reality...

By Jean Lambert
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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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