Newsletter November 2018

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Does Europe Need a Political Disruption ?

Article

New transnational movements like Volt Europa can bring much-needed disruption to a system of old nation-state politics. It is not too late to turn things around for this continent.

By Daniel Matteo

The Transatlantic Stress Tests

Article

During the past seven decades, transatlantic ties have been tested repeatedly. They have included economic conflicts, competition for markets, dealing with armed conflicts and cultural clashes. Europe and the US share both the challenges and the consequences for either success or failure which makes the transatlantic relationship more important now than it has been since the end of the Cold War.

By Jackson Janes

Turkey’s new presidential system: what implications for EU-Turkey relations?

Event Report

In June 2018, the transformation of the political system from a parliamentary to a presidential one has become effective. The Turkish Parliament has been weakened and the political hierarchy with the President as the highest standing has been further strenghtened. But suspending accession talks would also suspend European support for more democracy.


What’s the Matter with Central Eastern Europe?

Event Report

Authoritarian rules in Hungary and Poland and corruption and criminality in Slovakia and the Czech Republic make Eastern Europe a problem child. What are the reasons behind the worrying developments and what are the main differences and similarities between political trends in Central Eastern and Western Europe? 


Greens in Europe

Our Green monthly figure! To see the share of the Green party in each Member State, click on the map & move your cursor over each country.

Energy


What's at stake for COP 24?

Briefing

The Katowice UN Climate Change Conference will take place in Katowice from the 3rd till the 14th of December 2018. 

By Don Lehr


Frequently Asked Questions on 1.5°C and Geoengineering

Article

What's the difference between 1.5°C and 2°C? What are "negative emissions"? What's the problem with geoengineering? Why and how is the Heinrich Böll Foundation working on the topic of geoengineering and the 1.5°C limit? Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the 1,5°C target and the topic of geoengineering.


World Bank Investments in Palm Oil May Undermine EU Decisions

Policy Brief

The rapid development of Indonesia’s palm oil industry, particularly over the last four decades, which to some extent has been ‘development at all costs’, has generated significant revenues but has caused simultaneously massive environmental degradation. Human rights violations in palm oil plantations are also widely documented.


Radical Realism for Climate Justice

Publication

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial is feasible. This publication is a civil society response to the challenge of limiting global warming to 1.5°C while also paving the way for climate justice.

Democracy


Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP)


Perspectives #14 - Minorities Beyond Ethnic and Religious Divides

Publication
Put ‘Minorities in the Middle East’ into any search engine and a huge volume of articles are displayed insinuating that ethnic, tribal, family and sectarian affiliations are the only relevant factors needed to aid an understanding of the politics and societies of the Maghreb and Mashreq. Be it the often praised ‘mosaic’ of multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies, or the explanation and anticipation of actual and potential conflicts in the Middle East, that are shaped by ethnic, tribal or confessional affiliations, the reading has a flavour of exoticism and orientalism. So for this issue of Perspectives, we decided to ask authors in a broader sense about minority-majority relationships that can, but do not necessarily have to, tackle ethnic or confessional subjects.


Feminicide: a Global Phenomenon - Feminicidio: un fenómeno global

A new framework for the cooperation between the European Union and Latin America to promote gender equality and eradicate violence against women and feminicide.

Nuevo marco para la cooperación entre la unión europea y américa latina para promover la igualdad de género y erradicar la violencia contra las mujeres y el feminicidi
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Our blog

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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.

As the history of the Balkan countries, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung's office in the region also went to some changes over the years. In 1999, Heinrich Böll Foundation's Regional Office for Southeastern Europe was opened in Sarajevo covering Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia and moved to Belgrade in May 2006. In 2010, the office was transformed into the Heinrich Böll Foundation's Regional Office in Belgrade, responsible for the Foundation's work in Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

The Belgrade office with its eight staff members aims to strengthen civil society, enhance the dialogue between the countries of the region and the European Union, enhance the observance and protection of human rights, promote gender equality and women's participation in politics and the society, institution-building based on the rule of law, and support environmental policies and sustainable development.

One of their latest articles 'Court for the Acquittal of War Crimes' takes up on Serbia's accountability for war crimes committed on the territories of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and even Serbia! Find out more on their work in the region here.

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