Newsletter June 2019

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A changing European Parliament


The European Parliament has become more pluralist and more diverse, which may mean opportunities for its future work. As part of a broader pro-European alliance the Greens will unquestionably play an important role in the newly elected Parliament.

By Eva van de Rakt

More than just making hard work of an easy win. Following the European elections, PiS maintains its dominant position in spite of the changing political scene in Poland.


The European elections held on 26th May 2019 confirmed what was feared: The national-conservative party Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice, PiS) won by a clear majority. What are the reasons behind this election result and how has the political mood in the country changed?

By Irene Hahn-Fuhr

How GDPR Is Driving the US Privacy Legislation Debate


While US companies might dominate the tech industry, the European Union is leading the way on digital rights. By regulating a key part of the global market, the EU has put data protection on the agenda around the world. In the United States, reeling from the realisation that the control of data affords Big Tech enormous economic and political power, politicians from both sides are now calling for reform.

By Sabine Muscat

From «Paymaster of Europe» to «Shaper of Europeʼs future»

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Although the European Union is facing enormous political challenges, Germany has shown little initiative in European politics in recent years. Proposed reforms of other member states, such as France, have been mostly opposed on the grounds that «the German taxpayers» must not be even further burdened. This study investigates the factual and popular basis of this narrative.


Agriculture Atlas 2019


Set in Brussels since the 1960s, the Common Agricultural Policy is one of the EU’s oldest policies. Despite its extensive funds and regular reforms every seven years, it is poorly attuned to the needs of Europe’s hugely diverse farm sector. Furthermore, goals to minimize and adapt to climate change, protect the environment and promote rural development are poorly served. 

Climate change and human rights – Can the courts fix it?


Climate litigation is on the rise - in Germany, in Europe and worldwide. What role can courts play in the fight against climate change? This article shows the link between human rights and climate change, its implications, and introduces some of the cases.

By Anne Kling


A Guide to the US Democratic Primaries


The world is watching as the United States prepares for its next election marathon. Many Europeans want to know where the Democratic presidential hopefuls stand on issues from climate change or migration to regulating Big Tech. But where to start with more than 20 candidates? We try to cut a path through the US Democratic primary jungle.

By Hannah Winnick, Sabine Muscat

Towards Gender Sensitive Media Coverage of Violence Against Women and Femicide/Feminicide


Appropriate news coverage regarding violence against women and feminicide, without discriminatory stereotypes and in tune with the advances of women's rights and gender equality, can contribute to changing mentalities and diminishing VAW. Much still needs to be done considering the emerging fundamentalist discourses, as well as the global backlash against women’s rights.

By Patricia Jimenez

10th Conference on Feminicide/Femicide: Strengthening EU-CELAC cooperation in the struggle against feminicide/femicide

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The aim of the 10th Conference on Feminicide/Femicide 'Not One Woman Less!/Ni Una Menos!' was to  discuss priorities and elaborate concrete project ideas regarding the implementation of the chapter on gender into the EU-CELAC Action Plan which aims to guarantee gender equality, and the protection, enforcement and promotion of women’s rights.

2049: Open Future - Green European Journal

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While the pace of the present day can cloud the vision, casting out our gaze to the future allows a bigger picture to emerge. This edition of the European Green Journal looks forward to imagine the Europe(s) to be in 2049.

Office of the Month

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

Our office Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Dakar in Senegal is the 32nd international regional office and has been inaugurated in May 2018. Our colleagues in Senegal focus on ecology and democracy. Their work consists in creating synergies with local organisations and politics with a particular attention to human rights and gender equality.

Find out more about the water issue in the region by watching their video or check out other topics on elections and women empowerment on their website

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