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Newsletter February 2019

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Media Capture Central European Style
Article

With foreign owners leaving the market, Central European oligarchs are buying whatever they can get their hands on. The region is an object lesson in how vested interests can create a quasi-media monopoly on information.

By Krisztian Simon

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

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

Upping the Ante on Bulk Surveillance

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The precarious balance between the need for security and the right to privacy will continue to characterize "risk societies” of the 21st century. This compendium by Thorsten Wetzling and Kilian Vieth provides robust oversight practices and good laws that can serve as bulwarks against the erosion of fundamental rights in Europe and America.


What Is at Stake in the 2019 European Election?

pdf

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?


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

Great expectations, low execution: The Katowice climate change conference COP 24
Assessement

The Katowice climate package brings minor progress, but COP 24 failed to deliver on the most fundamental issues such as raising ambition of national contributions, implementing human rights, and ensuring support for developing countries.

By Don Lehr, Liane Schalatek

World Nuclear Industry Status Report

Power Point Presentation
Study

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2018 (WNISR2018) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on age, operation, production and construction. WNISR2018 has put particular attention to seven Focus Countries representing about two thirds of the global fleet. 

Democracy

"All we want is to work in partnership with our readers”
Interview

Journalism is in a serious crisis. Nevertheless, alternative left-wing media are still out there in Europe, providing quality news and analysis with financial backing not from oligarchs or big business but from their readers. An exchange between the makers of merce.hu (Hungary), republik.ch (Switzerland), oko.press (Poland), and taz.de (Germany).

By Krisztian Simon

Safeguarding Democracy in the European Union

pdf Publication Series on Europe – Volume 9:

Liberal democracies are under pressure, both worldwide and in Europe. For example, in Hungary and Poland, farright nationalist to nationalistic parties are in government and propagate an ‘illiberal' democracy. The dismantling of democracy in an EU member state is not a national problem – it is a European one. The study makes clear the dilemma in which the EU finds itself and what possibilities for action are available to it.

Our blog

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Reconnecting Europe

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

New blog posts coming soon! In the meantime read the latest contributions :​

 

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hbs Office of the Month

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is a global network of 34 offices worldwide. Once a month, we present you in this section one of our offices and its work.

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Turkey office is based in Istanbul and has been establishing political dialogue between Turkey, Germany and the European Union since 1994. Its goal is to support efforts from democratic actors for the protection of human and minority rights, the ecology, sustainable development, and global as well as local security policies. For more than 20 years the hbs supports civil society initiatives that strive for democratic governance free from any discrimination based on the rule of law, gender equality and the rights of all people.

To find out more about their work, watch one of their 3 Minutes Turkey videos, read the latest analysis Identitarian politics in Turkey and the Kurdish issue: an economic perspective or check the Who's Who in politics in Turkey!

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