Newsletter March 2018

European Union

The Italian Election: a Last Wake-Up Call for the European Union?

The outcome of the Italian election is another wake-up call. Former centre-left and socialist voters now are being caught by 'modern' populist parties who claim to defend citizens' rights and fight against a corrupt political class as well as social and economic injustice.

By Lorenzo Cresti

Existential Quandary of the European Centre-Left

Center-left parties have to reinvent and reposition regarding the new world order shaped by globalization, digitalization and changing labour conditions. People expect new answers to migration, a growing life expectancy and a vision of a “modern welfare state”.

By Jelena von Helldorff

All Circus, No Bread (Event Report)


Populism seems the new power of modern democracies. It is tricky to define and argue against it since it takes profit from democratic structures but at the same time is its fierce enemy. How to define populism? What are causes and possible solutions? How to act against it?

Europe in Suspense: The German Coalition Thriller Continues (Event Report)


The grand coalition which had governed Germany for four years suffered serious losses in the parliamentary election of 24 September 2017. Finally, almost five long months later, the outcome is a new grand coalition between CDU and SPD. While for Germany a new edition of the grand coalition might mean more of the same and could lead to more frustration among the voters and a growth of right-wing populism, what does it mean for a European Union ? 

Capacity Building for the Post-Brexit Generation (Workshop)

60 Years after the signing of the Rome Treaty, Europe is not a pretty sight. But what does the young generation make of all this, in what kind of Europe do they want to live and how do they want to achieve it? 


The Olkaria projects: A case study of geothermal energy and indigenous communities in Kenya


The study demonstrates the complexity of climate co-funding, the local obstacles in host countries, and the inadequacy of supervisory procedures. It also shows the importance of integrating climate change, human rights and gender equality policies into the development of geothermal projects and their enforcement at country level.


Le Mali, cinq ans après le début de l'intervention: Une grande présence militaire moins de sécurité


Le Mali était un pays classique de grands récits, des mythes du Moyen Âge au socialisme africain de la jeune république en passant par le panafricanisme des pères et des mères de l'indépendance. Le Mali est aujourd'hui dépourvu de tout récit. Cinq années d'intervention militaire internationale n'ont apporté aucune sécurité à la population malienne. Les zones d'insécurité ne cessent de s'étendre à l'intérieur du pays.

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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.

Beginning of April is the 10th anniversary of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung's office in Kiev, Ukraine. The office focuses on involving citizens in the discussion on political problems of Ukraine and Europe and contributes to the development of the political system in Ukraine, to solutions regarding the political and economic crisis, Euro-integration and Eastern partnership. The promotion of renewable energies is also a frequent topic since the country still relies a lot on fossils and is under tension by the proximity with Russia. 

Read their latest publication 'Transition of Ukraine to the Renewable Energy by 2050'.


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