Newsletter October 2019

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International Relations

Feminist Foreign Policy


The protection of women in armed conflicts as well as their equal participation in peace processes and negotiations contribute to the promotion of world peace. Nevertheless, nation states continue to use armament and deterrence as the preferred mode of handling such conflicts.

Western Balkans: Seizing Opportunities, Expanding Influence and Fending Off Dangers


Why EU-integration? Why should the Western Balkans, a region where criminal networks have been gaining ground and corrupt elites have systematically captured state institutions for the benefit of their own criminal business models, enter the EU? Why, when human rights are trampled upon in the region, with manifestations of nationalist radicalization overall?

One can hear these questions repeatedly in the political discourse.

By Marion Kraske

Ten reasons against a re-election of Donald Trump


With more than a year to go until the elections, the race to the White House is already in full swing. The impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump makes it additionally difficult to predict. But even without that, there are a number of reasons that speak against Trump’s re-election in November 2020. 

By Bastian Hermisson

Playing with fire: are the US and Iran risking war?


Iran and the US are in an escalation spiral. Since the shooting down of a US drone by Iran at the end of June, the danger of war is real. However, a direct military confrontation would not only affect the Islamic Republic, but would also expand and drastically intensify the numerous, already virulent conflicts in the entire region. 

The unequal brothers – Turkey, Iran and the nuclear dispute


Turkey and Iran have traditionally had a strained relationship. On the one hand, this can be clearly seen in their rivalry for predominance in the region, but on the other, it is shot through with the need for neighbourly cooperation. 

By Kristian Brakel

Integration for whom?


The integration processes of Syrian refugees in Turkey. This piece explores the politics of integration in relation to how policy makers interpret integration and where refugees stand in their interpretation.


A Tale of Two Drillings


An Environmental Justice Comparison of Gas Drilling-Induced Earthquakes in Oklahoma and Groningen

By Mareike Moraal

Climate Change and the EU Budget 2021-2027

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The EU, its institutions and all Member States must prioritize urgent action in order to implement the Paris Agreement's goal to limit the increase in temperatures to 1.5°C. The MFF 2021-2027 is the last investment cycle to help change course, and a stronger climate performance is urgently needed to reach our 2030 climate targets.

Energy Transition Blog


The Stakes of the Local Government Elections in Hungary


Local government elections will be held in Hungary on Sunday, October 13th. The campaign has been marked as the dirtiest ever known in the country.  

By Nóra Dioszegi-Horvath

The Wrong Man in the Wrong Place


Hungary’s dubious candidacy for the neighbourhood and enlargement policy portfolio: After the rejection of László Trócsányi, the country’s acting ambassador to the EU, Olivér Várhelyi, was soon afterwards nominated by Viktor Orbán to the position. There are major questions hanging over his nomination

By Benedek Jávor

For Ukrainians in Poland, jobs but no security

Transatlantic Media Fellowship

Poland’s booming economy attracted thousands of Ukrainian workers, who struggle to integrate amid xenophobia and fear.

By Hanna Kozlowska

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hbs Office of the Month

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

The headquarters of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Berlin, with more than 100 colleagues, are the foundations' heart where main decisions about strategic questions are taken. The international departments work in close collaboration with the offices worldwide focussing on regional core topics. Main tenets are ecology and sustainabilitydemocracy and human rightsself-determination and justice. Particular emphasis lies on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and men. We are also committed to equal rights for cultural and ethnic minorities and to the societal and political participation of immigrants. Finally, we promote non-violence and proactive peace policies.

The writer and Nobel Prize laureate Heinrich Böll, personifies the values the foundation stands for: defence of freedom, civic courage, tolerance, open debate, and the valuation of art and culture as independent spheres of thought and action.

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