Newsletter January 2018

European Union

For the UK, Brexit is an Unfolding Horror Story

About one year into the Brexit negotiations, the procedure for leaving the European Union assumes slowly but steadily the characteristics of a horror story. 

By James Bartholomeusz

‘Why we’re stuck and how we want to get out of this’ Capacity Building for the Post-Brexit Generation

60 Years after the signing of the Rome Treaty, Europe is not a pretty sight. The UK is leaving the EU; populism and Euroscepticism prevail in many Member States; the days of an ‘ever closer union’ seem to be numbered. The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union invited young Europeans to discuss current challenges. 

Heading South - Rethinking the Eurozone


How to redesign the Eurozone in order to enhance its chances of survival?  There are many alternatives that can and should be considered. A contribution on how to change the European Union's economic policy. 


Extractivism and Renewable Energies: Human Rights Violations in the Context of socio-environmental Conflicts


How to plan and design renewable energy projects as a way to fulfill domestic climate commitments? A Mexican case study into wind farm projects in Oaxaca and infringements of the rights of indigenous peoples.

Our blog

Our blog will continue in 2018 with different bloggers and in a different format (longer posts, as our readership prefers).

We would like to thank the members of the 2017 crew: Péter Krekó, Eleni Panagiotarea, Amanda Paul, Tom Casier, Jelena von Helldorff, Kirsty Hughes, Łukasz Pawłowski, Teresa Pullano, as well as the MEPs Jan Philipp Albrecht, Reinhard Bütikofer, Jean Lambert, Marietje Schaake, Keith Taylor and Bodil Valero for their insightful contributions.

We would also like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the new team of bloggers who will write about the main challenges for the European Union in 2018: 

  • Professor José Variato Marques, University of Lissabon and Professor Ricardo Cabral, University of Madeira: Eurozone
  • Adam Balcer, Foreign Policy Project Manager Wise-Europe, Warsaw: EU-Russia Relations and Eastern Partnership
  • Charlotte Joppien, Managing Director of the Türkei Europa Zentrum at Hamburg University: EU-Turkey Relations and Southern Neighbourhood
  • Vessela Tcherneva, ECFR's Programme Director and Head of ECFR Sofia Office: transatlantic relations
  • James Bartholomeusz, Environmental Campaigner: Brexit
  • Péter Krekó, Director of Political Capital Institute, Budapest: populism
  • Annalisa Buscaini , Advocacy Programme Specialist, Open Society European Policy Institute: migration and asylum 

One more blogger who will write on democracy & solidarity issues will join the team within short!

In the meantime we invite you to read the blog's first contribution by James Bartholomeusz: For the UK, Brexit is an Unfolding Horror Story

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hbs Office of the Month

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is a global network of more than 30 offices worldwide. Once a month, we will present you in this section one of our offices and its work.

The Myanmar Program of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung seeks to contribute towards a democratic transition and an inclusive and sustainable development for the benefit of all people in Myanmar. The Myanmar program dates back to the early 2000s when the foundation decided to support civil society inside Myanmar by awarding scholarships to promising young students from all parts of Myanmar and advocating a pro-engagement approach.

The office's newest study looks into the contribution of civil society organisations in advancing women's political participation and effectiveness. 

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