Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

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In January 2017, the Czech Republic introduced its first National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security (NAP 1325), adopting it as the 64th country in the world, as the 18th EU Member State and as the first country in Central Europe to do so. Notwithstanding its status as a country unaffected by direct conflict, the Czech Republic is obliged to pursue a gender, peace and security (GPS) agenda through its foreign policy, just as other EU member state signatories to UNSCR 1325 are expected to do so.

Democracy

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union (hbs EU) invites young Europeans from all Member States and the UK to Brussels in order to discuss with each other, with actors of the European institutions, NGOs and think tanks as well as with journalists and local politicians, initiatives, students and academics in Belgium how they see their future in and for Europe. 

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In his book Defending Freedom - How We Can Win the Fight for an Open Society”, Ralf Fücks sheds light on the underlying causes of the crisis of liberal democracy and the erosion of the political center. He concludes that our societies are undergoing a crisis of modernization triggered by four main fundamental changes

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The Hungarian government tries to shut down the renowned Central European University. This is an attack on academic freedom in Europe.

Energy & Climate

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During his visit to Prague in November 2016, Hungarian MEP Benedek Jávor gave interview to EurActiv.cz on the latest development around the controversial project of Hungarian nuclear power plant Paks II.

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.

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The envisaged sale of Vattenfall’s East German lignite assets to EPH has raised many questions about the sustainability of open-cast lignite mining and power generation. It has also shone a spotlight on the prospective new owner.

International Politics

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We cannot quarantine ourselves from the instability that reigns south and east of Europe. Europe must strike a new balance between idealistic foreign policy and realism. The opening address of the  17th Annual Foreign Policy Conference

A study commissioned by the Heinrich Böll Foundation found that the OECD's infrastructure investment advice to the G20 finance track lacks coherence with sustainable development and is “out of sync” with recent achievements of the global community.

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There can be no normalisation of the relations with Russia as long as Moscow leads a war in the eastern Ukraine. This articles examines a new attempt to resolve the Ukraine conflict.

Publications

How does good governing work? How does government participation change the decision-making processes and the political objectives of a party? The study by Arne Jungjohann analyzes Green government participation of previous years and arrives at interesting conclusions.

8 short stories based on equitable urban planning in everyday life.

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung commissioned a study by Political Capital entitled “Focus on Hungary: Refugees, Asylum and Migration”. The authors of the study analyse the Orbán Government’s rhetoric and policy measures with regard to refugee, asylum and migration issues. 

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is part of the Green political movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. Our main tenets are ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. We are a Green Think Tank and an International Policy Network.

The City is for All

Katalin Rodics

Attila Mong

Europe for Citizens 2015

Dossier

The Heinrich Böll Foundation has been compiling a dossier containing articles on the situation in Hungary since the right-wing government came to power in April 2010. The dossier is understood as forum for critical voices from Hungary. Their contributions reflect the socio-political changes in Hungary referring to current trends as well as long-term developments. (Teaser-Foto: Gabriella Csoszo)

Zsófia Deák, Editor of the dossier (zsofia.deak@cz.boell.org)

DOSSIER: THE 1956 HUNGARIAN UPRISING - PRESENT-DAY PERSPECTIVES

Demonstration in Budapest, 1956. Photo: Fortepan/Pesti Srác.. Creative Commons License LogoThis image is licensed under Creative Commons License.

In October 1956, Hungarian citizens staged a popular uprising to protest against the repressive policies of the Communist Party and against the country’s occupation by the Soviet Army. On 11 November 1956, Soviet forces quashed the last pockets of armed resistance in the capital city.

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Dossier

For the first time in the EU's history, a member state has voted to leave the European Union, with 52 percent of the British voters favoring a "Brexit". Since the surprising results were announced, Prime Minister David Cameron as well as the leaders of the Brexit campaign, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, have stepped down, leaving the country in political turmoil.

In our dossier, we want to explore the international reactions: How are the EU member states as well as the US, Russia and Asian governments responding to the Brexit decision? What will be the long and short term implications for other member states and the future of the European Union?

DOSSIER: SQUEEZED – SPACE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY

Civil society in komixPhoto: Niklas Hughes. Creative Commons License LogoThis image is licensed under Creative Commons License.

The present dossier provides analyses and background information about how civil societies' spaces are being restricted and highlights various facettes. Examples from a number of countries provide evidence of how civil society is put under pressure – and what counter-strategies are being developed. Finally the dossier presents initatives, that are actively fighting against shrinking spaces to "Regain civic space!"

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