Newsletter April 2018

European Union

Merkel’s Third Grand Coalition: High Hopes for Europe?


During the six months of tedious negotiations to put a German coalition in place, governments across Europe, the French in particular, have been waiting impatiently for a push for European reform from Berlin.

By Julian Rappold

Time Is Running out for Hungarian Democracy


After the general election in April 2018 Hungary is drifting further away from the European values towards becoming a Eurosceptic and populist Russia-friendly illiberal undemocratic state. An inside into the countrie's stading and the role of the EU.

By Milena Horvath

Beyond the 2018 Presidential Election: Is Russia Preparing for Life after Putin?

pdf Event Report

On 18 March, the Russians went to the ballot boxes to elect a new president. There was not the slightest doubt about Putin’s re-election. But whilst Putin is settling in for another six years, the question emerges what will happen in 2024



Energy Atlas: Facts and Figures about Renewables in Europe

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.

The Road from Paris to Sustainable Development - Effectively Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality into Climate Actions of EU Institutions


Linking human rights and a gender-responsive approach to climate actions, can avoid harmful unintended consequences and maximize social benefits of programmes and projects. This interim report provides a general assessment of how to effectively integrate human rights and gender equality as well as the broader SDG agenda into EU climate actions.


Protect Women in El Salvador! / Protejamos a las mujeres en El Salvador!


Teodora Vázquez was imprisoned for over 10 years in El Salvador under the abortion law. She was accused of murder after complications in her pregnancy. There are other 25 women in prison with similar accusations. 

Sentenced because of Abortion: A Visit in the Ilopango Women’s Prison, El Salvador

Due to the absolute ban on abortion in El Salvador, women are frequently imprisoned for up to 30 years. Although the topic is part of the public debate, legislative changes are far from being realized. 

By Gaby Küppers, Gert Eisenbürger

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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.

The main goal of the the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung South Caucasus Regional Office is to contribute to the forming of free, fair and tolerant societies in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

In the frameworks of the democratic political culture promotion programme the South Caucasus Regional Office supports initiatives of social and political empowerment of women and sexual minorities; on a regular basis it organizes public debates on key issues of Georgian politics in its office in Tbilisi as well as in the regions. Furthermore the office fosters civil society dialogue for peaceful transformation of conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Together with the Istanbul office it organizes a Turkish-Armenian dialogue series on non-official level.

Read the latest article 'Why Armenians Call for a Velvet Revolution'. 

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