Newsletter September 2018

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union office in Brussels is moving!

Actually only next door. So, you still find us at Place du Luxembourg!  


Rue du Luxembourg, 47-51
1050 Brussels

European Union

Can the EU Help Syria?


Two major issues in the Syrien conflict are the strenght of the IS and migration flows. The country needs stability and the EU should contribute to the resolution of the conflict. However, will peace talks and humanitarian assistance be able to bring stability? 

By Paweł Pieniążek

The EU and Jerusalem: a Palestinian Perspective


The failure to go beyond rhetoric and statements of condemnation and to implement international law has allowed Israel to entrench its control over the Palestinian people and their land. The EU itself is complicit in Israeli violations through its various trade and funding links with Israel.

By Yara Hawari

Greens in Europe

To see the share of the Green party in each Member State, click on the MAP & move your cursor over each country!


On Land Grabbing and Cross-border Investment: Case of Cambodian Migrant Workers in Thailand from a Gender-lens


Land grabbing in Southeast Asia continues to be an issue of concern, particularly from a livelihood and an environmental perspective. The population in the region largely live in rural areas, the majority of whom make their living by depending on the natural resources that surround them, such as land and water. This article is based on a research conducted in a local community in Cambodia and discusses key findings by using a gender lens to highlight changes which have occurred on various levels in the community.

By Premrudee Daoroung

From Paris to Sustainable Development

The simultaneous implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement provides a unique opportunity to advance policy coherence at all levels. By considering human rights and a gender-responsive approach in planning, designing and implementing climate action, policymakers can avoid harmful unintended consequences while maximising the social benefits of their programmes and projects. 

Energy Atlas 2018: Facts and Figures about Renewables in Europe


The Energy Atlas provides a compass on the differing energy discussions in Europe and also reveals how a Europeanization of the energy transition is the more efficient and cost-effective option for all Europeans.


Thousands of refugees in difficult conditions in Bosnia and Herzegovina


More than 8,000 people have crossed the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina since the beginning of the year, the number is increasing each day. Only a few hundred of those who are registered are decent accommodations, others live on the streets, in provisional camps. Those happier among them found accommodation with the local population or in hostels and hotels.

By Nidžara Ahmetašević

Zimbabwe's 2018 Elections: The Changing Footprints of Traditional Leaders


The 2018 Zimbabwe elections are characterised by continuities and discontinuities. While many chiefs continue to support Zanu-PF, a growing number has stood their ground and refused to partake in the repression of their people.

9th Conference on Feminicide / Femicide : WE WANT US ALIVE!

pdf Report

The 9th Conference "Feminicide/Femicide WE WANT US ALIVE" took place on 18 September 2017 in San Salvador to take further steps regarding the eradication of violence against women in bi-regional relations EU-CELAC.

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Reconnecting Europe

Our blog deals with the main challenges the European Union faces in 2018 and provides posts by a range of high profile authors and young talents with different professional and national backgrounds.

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hbs Office of the Month

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is a global network of more than 32 offices worldwide. In this section we present one of our offices and its work once a month.

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Palestine & Jordan is based in Ramallah since 1999. It currently operates as a regional office with responsibility for Palestine and Jordan. The activities of hbs are guided by the fundamental political values of universal human rights, ecology, democracy, solidarity, and non-violence. The hbs office Ramallah is working in close partnership with currently more than 20 local partner organizations in Gaza, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Jordan.

hbs Palestine & Jordan is a space for new ideas, discussions and exchange. Through summer schools and trainings it brings people from different backgrounds together to promote dialogue, analysis and reflections on solutions and positive ways of acting. Read the report of the 3-day workshop for journalists 'Strengthening the legal and social status and enhancing the protection of migrant workers in Jordan and the region'.

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