Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

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Are the Greens compatible with Angela Merkel? An interview with Ralf Fücks, president of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, on coalitions with Merkel, the rise of the AfD, as well as the foundation’s development over the past 20 years.

Democracy

3rd International Populism Conference will take place in Prague 22 – 23 May 2017. The conference programme will focus mainly on analysis of the relationship between populism and the media and will discuss the phenomenon of “media populism” in the context of upcoming elections in various EU member states. Applicants are invited to submit their abstracts by 28 February 2017.

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Today’s central line of conflict runs between open societies and various forms of Identitarian radicalism. The challenge we face is to reconcile rapid changes in a globalized modern age with our need to belong and our need for security.

NDSM Amsterdam and 2 big loudspeakers in the from of the entrance

The Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Prague office is launching a year-long training programme for multipliers, trainers, networkers, advisors and mediators working actively across sectors to achieve more sustainable and more inclusive cities. The training programme will be organised in 4 modules. It is starting in November 2016, and will run until autumn 2017. The meetings will take place in the Czech Republic (Brno, Prague), Slovakia (Bratislava) and Hungary (Budapest). You can apply until 30 September 2016.

 

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

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 annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and the launch of a hybrid war against Ukraine was Russia’s answer to the revolution triggered by Euromaidan. The conflict continues to pose fundamental challenges for the European Union, and raises the question of whether the EU will maintain its commitment to the political and economic consolidation of those of its Eastern neighbours which aim to make sovereign choices based on the rule of law and democracy.

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung has commissioned the second volume of the study to further
examine existing and new tendencies of Hungarian youth regarding their political choices and the reasons behind them. While previously only students who reside in the country were in the focus, the scope of this recent study has been extended to include the political involvement and attitudes of that part of the Hungarian youth who already are emigrating or are planning to soon move abroad.

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)

Silja Schultheis, Editor of the dossier (silja.schultheis@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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