Glorious past and identity – the driving forces behind the populist resurrection?

Based on Adam Balcer’s new study “Beneath the surface of illiberalism: The recurring temptation of ‘national democracy’ in Poland and Hungary – with lessons for Europe”,WiseEuropa and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, in cooperation with Political Capital, organise a round table to discuss populist and illiberal tendencies in the CEE region with a special focus on politics of identity and memory, and significance of these developments for the political situation in particular countries and their impact on the future of the EU.

In Favour of a Solidary EU Refugee Policy

A special EU summit of heads of state and government will take place on 23 September. After years of neglect, however, a solidary EU refugee policy cannot be elaborated in summary proceedings and under pressure. A commentary by Eva van de Rakt.

By Eva van de Rakt

Polish Shades of Green: Green Ideas and Political Powers in Poland


The publication of the European Green Foundation attempts to find answers for the question about the future of Green politics in Poland. The publication stems from the research ordered in 2008 by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and coordinated by Przemysław Sadura. The research concerned the prevailing reception of Green ideas and perception of Green political powers by the Polish society. On its bases, the Author analysed the Greens’ chances of finding a permanent place on the Polish political scene.

The Future of the EU from the Visegrad perspective: Common concerns or common visions?

Even if the EU evolves towards a deeper integrated entity, it is likely that not all the current Members States will be involved in the same way. What influence would it have in the Visegrad cooperation? Is it an opportunity or a challenge? Is the Visegrad group a useful platform for cooperation in the EU issues in general or just in natural particular policies? What strategic interests these countries share and where are they moving apart?