Newsletter December 2018

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The European Union and the Western Balkans: Bad Plans and Unfulfilled Promises


Generally, the reconciliation processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in most other Balkan countries seem to retrograde. Economic and political situations are still unstable and a brutal plunder of state and social property left devastating consequences. The EU's interference in the region doesn't help stabilising the 'black mosaic'.

By Zlatko Dizdarević

Does Europe Need a Political Disruption ?


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

What Is at Stake in the 2019 European Election?


The upcoming European election in 2019 might bring about an unprecedented political earthquake, already foreshadowed four years ago, blowing away the political centre altogether. What is likely to happen in the end: the feared come-back of nationalism or is there hope for a pro-European revival?

The Role of the European Union in Current Global Conflicts


How can the EU deal with global conflicts? With the European Union Global Strategy (EUGS) of 2016, the EU has presented its latest foreign policy approach, including security policy and its role in conflicts. But what does it mean in practice?

Six Months to Go! What Can We Do to Restore People’s Faith in the European Project?

pdf Event Report

Six months before the election to the European Parliament in May 2019, the prospects are bleak. If politicians can show that they are willing to respond to the real needs of the people and are able to connect local issues with the European level, there might still be hope for the European elections.

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.


What's at stake for COP 24?


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

By Don Lehr

Sustainable Development Goals and the EU: uncovering the nexus between external and internal policies


Being one of the wealthiest regions in the world, the EU has a lot to give when it comes to the delivery of SDGs in the global context. However, as one of the world’s biggest consumers and trading blocs it also has a lot to answer.

World Bank Investments in Palm Oil May Undermine EU Decisions

pdf 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.


Connecting Europe: The Calling of Trans-European Media


In a Europe threatened with rising nationalism, trans-European media could present an ambitious project to transcend borders and language barriers, connecting citizens. 

Europe Must Do More for Media and Democracy


While the European Commission is supporting restrictive measures to tackle the spread of false news online, independent and critical media are being left to survive on their own in the face of hostility.

By Maryia Sadouskaya-Komlach

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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.

The Prague Office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung was the foundation's first-ever office abroad, established on 21 August 1990, 22 years after the Prague Spring. The Prague office coordinates the foundation's regional activities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary and specifically deals with the challenges of European integration, the future of the EU and European democracy, energy policy and climate protection, foreign and security policy, as well as gender democracy. The aim also is to strengthen the network of partner organisations across the region, and to foster political and professional dialogue within the region and at EU level.

To find out more about their work, watch the video on 70th Anniversary UDHR or read ther latest article The Czech Nuclear Vision: An Elephant on Feet of Clay on their website.

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