International Politics


Hungary 2014: 2010 reloaded?

April 9, 2014 - The main goal of this article is to explain why left-of-centre opposition parties ended the protracted period of negotiations by creating a type of alliance that exhibits uncanny resemblances to the former governing left-wing coalition (which was roundly defeated by Fidesz in 2010) and has hitherto been incapable of mounting a serious challenge to the ruling right-wing majority in 2014  Kornélia Magyar more»


Russia, Ukraine, and Europe

- March 14, 2014 - If Russia wants to continue economic and political cooperation with the EU, it has to end its military intervention in Ukraine and start the path of dialogue. We all would love to have a democratic Russia as a partner in the European Union. It is the current political leadership of the country that is moving away from Europe.


Rebecca Harms and Ralf Fücks more»


The Swiss Referendum: Stoking Fires Home and Away

- March 11, 2014 - The referendum in Switzerland on establishing immigration quotas seen through the prisms of EU-Swiss relations, that of the debate on freedom of movement and that of the proliferation of referenda.


Alex Lazarowicz more»


Ukraine: What the EU can do

- March 7, 2014 - Most important now is that the international community responds speedily and clearly to what amounts to a Russian occupation of the Crimea and the additional threat of Russian troops being stationed in Ukraine. Europe is in no way powerless in the face of Russian actions, as Ralf Fücks and Walter Kaufmann illustrate in a ten-point plan.


Ralf Fücks, Walter Kaufmann more»


European Endowment for Democracy One Year On

- Establishing the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) at the beginning of 2013 can be perceived as ending the process of restructuring external EU instruments related to the promotion of democracy. Almost one year after its introduction The Institute of Public Affairs and the Heinrich Boell Foundation would like to present on 18.12.2013 a brief overview of the origins of the instrument and state of play as well as offer an analysis of the expectations, and the challenges that arise from these expectations. We invite you to read the report on EED.



Experts’ Discussion

Citizens’ Election Observation in the Eastern Partnership and the Russian Federation in 2013

- December 5, 2013 - How do citizens’ election observers address challenges related to rigged elections? How can international institutions and civil society support independent citizens’ election observation throughout Europe? How do election observation networks prepare to the upcoming elections in 2014 and 2015 in Moldova, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Ukraine?Let's find out during the debate on 11th December 2013.


Federation, community, breakup? The future of the EU integration

- October 18, 2013 - The EU faces multiple challenges – from the financial crisis, stability of the euro, growing ethnic diversity of European societies, extremist political parties, to overcoming crises at the European gates – in Syria, Libya, Egypt. How to address them? Will the year 2014 bring any change? Can Poland breathe some fresh air into the EU? May the skepticism of some EU members be finally overcome? Such issues were discussed by Rebecca Harms, Marek Cichocki, Adam Ostolski and Aleksander Smolar on 28.10.2013 in Faculty of Modern Languages At Univeristy of Warsaw.




Europe's common future

- The EU not only finds itself in a debt crisis, it is also faced with a crisis of confidence: two crises that mutually reinforce one another. The nationally spun controversies over long-term counter-strategies and the social distortions in the countries affected by the crisis not only threaten to break up the euro zone, they also jeopardise the project for a unified Europe. The protest against ʺBrusselsʺ is turning into manifest tendencies to renationalise in some countries.

All of this is taking place within the framework of yet another crisis – that of democracy. In the current climate, ʺmore Europeʺ sounds like more political centralisation for many Europeans. The citizens of the EU will only perceive Europe as their own when they themselves can also make decisions about the course Europe’s future should follow. Now is the time for a broadly based public debate on alternative proposals for the future of Europe.

We would like to contribute to the debate with this dossier. We ask all readers to comment on the articles about the various facets of the crisis and the right strategies for overcoming it and to discuss these issues with the authors. We are looking forward to your responses!

Dossier in English




'Renewables: The Only Path to a Secure, Affordable and Climate-friendly Energy System by 2030

April 9, 2014 - Economic and environmental goals sometimes appear to require opposite paths of action. This paper demonstrates, however, that an expansion of renewable energy sources - in combination with energy efficiency - is the only path to a secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy system until 2030 and beyond. Renewables not only drastically reduce emissions and other environmental and social burdens; they also reduce energy import dependency and hence increase energy security, strengthen local economies, and create jobs. Together with a reduction of energy consumption by increasing energy efficiency, total energy costs for European industries and citizens could even fall. Choosing the "renewable path" thus pays off in the medium and long term.




Greening the Heartlands of Coal in Europe

- March 20, 2014 - In 2013, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, in cooperation with Ecologic Institute, invited experts from the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland to discuss the prospects for better cross-border cooperation arising from Germany’s energy transition.The report outlines key observations made by the experts, and helps to identify key questions requiring further investigation. By addressing the information gaps and core issues – such as electricity markets, loop flows and renewable energy support schemes – the report is an impulse for a deeper debate in future. The recommendations illustrate the importance of stronger collaboration where there are shared interests, which we would like to encourage.




Smart Growth – How Europe and Poland Can Benefit From the Crisis?

- November 13, 2013 - How to paint economic growth in green? Is there a way out of economic and ecological crises that would allow us to secure global prosperity anchored in a sustainable and balanced relationship between humans and nature? Heinrich Böll Foundation and European Council on Foreign Relations cordially invite you to the debate on smart growth on 18.11.2013 at 18:30 in Warsaw Bar Studio.




Conference of the Polluters? Feminist critique of climate politics

- 19. listopada 2013 - The system of climate politics is based on the faith in market equilibrium, and on the economic theory of the right to pollute which assumes that competition on pollution permits market will lead to the optimalization of the costs of dealing with pollution, and eventually will lead to reduction of discharges to the environment. It looks great in theory but so much the worse for reality. Read the analysis and get acquainted with the whole English issue of the Green News.




Citizens' energy for a good climate: A participatory debate about Poland and its future

- November 7, 2013 - At the next COP19, Polish government had the chance to lead the UN climate negotiations and weight in the debate about the future of the European Union. For this reason, on 15-16.11.2013 the Greens/EFA group organised a debate on the goals of the Polish COP 19 presidency. We looked at facts and myths surrounding green jobs, and the future of Polish coal. We discussed ideas of city movements and necessary investments for rural areas.  We had already started off on 14.11 with film screening and debate. The conference was crowned with a March for Climate and Social Justice.




Energy Transition – Necessity or Opportunity? Three cases: Germany, France, Poland

- November 7, 2013 - The climate summit in Warsaw provides an opportunity to promote the energy transitions of EU pillar countries such as France and Germany. Therefore Green Zone Foundation and Heinrich Böll Foundation cordially invite you on 14.11.2013 to discuss sustainable energy policies and development of prosumers. We shall look at German energy transition, circular economy promoted in France and low-emission Poland.




Youth Forum

Reclaiming our Future!

April 10, 2014 - The “European Youth Dialogue 2014” between 8th and 11th of May 2014 in Thessaloniki, Greece, is a political manifestation a few days before the elections for the European Parliament: Youth is “systemically” relevant, their hopes and needs concern everybody in Europe! Young people will take the future in their own hands to “Reclaim their future”.



Worshop materials

Overcoming Gender Backlash

- February 18, 2014 - This is a publication of materials presented by gender researchers and activists at the Second International Gender Workshop Overcoming Gender Backlash: Experiences of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Poland, organized and hosted by Heinrich Boell Foundation office in Kyiv in October 2013. 



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Overcoming gender backlash

- The Second International Gender Workshop in Kyiv between 24-25th of October 2013 focused on how Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Poland have been dealing with backlash. Organizers from various offices of the Heinrich Boell Foundation presented gender projects in the region. Invited experts discussed gender education, sexual and reproductive rights of women, and cooperation with regard to LGBT issues.You are invited to read the article by Magdalena Grabowska about gender education in Poland.Get acquainted with the debate on Assisted Reproduction in Contemporary Poland in Elżbieta Korolczuk's study. All materials of the workshop are already available in English online - feel invited to download the publication.


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GEM-IWG Knowledge Networking Program on Engendering Macroeconomics and International Economics 2013

- July 16, 2013 - During the 2013 GEM-IWG Summer Seminar we decided to invite a group of European economists working on gender issues to exchange ideas and discuss on-going research work as well as possible future cooperation. The seminar "Toward a New Europe: Economic Crisis and Crisis of Democracy" was be hosted by the Jagiellonian University in Krakow between 15th and 18th of July 2013. Feel free to read and share the GEM presentations concerning various aspects of feminist economics. 


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