Newsletter February 2018

European Union

Eurozone Reform: Between Hope and ‘Mission Impossible'

What would be a successful turning point in the Eurozone’s institutional structure? Shifts in high official positions in the Eurozone administration will introduce new priorities when it comes to safeguard and promote democratic values, overcome economic divergences and (re)build social trust.


By Viriato Soromenho-Marques, Ricardo Cabral

A Classic Dilemma: Russia’s Threat to Withdraw from the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe secures human rights but Russia has its own understanding of rules and procedures. How to deal with the quirky member in order to preserve without offending? 

By Tom Casier


Human rights and gender equality in EU climate actions: A case study of palm oil for biofuels in Indonesia


Indonesia is the world’s largest palm oil producer and exporter. Human rights are being violated in the plantations and the rising exploitation for renewable energy and biofuels brings further violence and criminalisation. How can the EU contribute to a sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia to best preserve nature and human rights?

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 (fewer but longer posts). Our team of bloggers is now complete and consists of: 

  • Professor Viriato Soromenho-Marques, University of Lisbon and Professor Ricardo Cabral, University of Madeira: eurozone  
  • Adam Balcer, Foreign Policy Project Manager Wise-Europe, Warsaw: EU-Russia Relations and Eastern Partnership 
  • Dr Charlotte Joppien is a political anthropologist and managing co-director at Türkei Europa Zentrum at Hamburg University: Turkey 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
  • Lina Vosyliūtė, researcher within the Rights and Security Programme, Brussels-based independent think tank CEPS and Jennifer Allsopp, writer and researcher working on migration, gender and social policy: democracy and solidarity within EU
  • Jean Lambert, MEP, Green Member for London; Brexit


Find the recent blog posts:
Viriato Soromenho-Marques and Ricardo Cabral: Eurozone Reform: Between Hope and ‘Mission Impossible' 
Jean Lambert: Citizens' rights post-Brexit – the State of Play 


You can still access and read contributions on the former blog for your use.

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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 Colombian office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung has been opened end of 2016. The work of our Colombian colleagues focuses on democracy and human rights as well as ecology and sustainability, especially in the context of deforestation and land exploitation as well as gender equality. 

The fourth edition of a series of publications named 'green ideas - ideas verdes' elucidates the peace agreement between the governmet and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia.


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