The Belarus Test for the “Geopolitical” EU: A view from Minsk

Analysis

The EU lacks leverage in Belarus. Doubling down on policies that failed in the past makes no sense and can only have unintended consequences. To gain relevance in Belarus and become “geopolitical” the EU should recognise painful truths about itself and the world.

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It's time for a transatlantic digital agenda

Commentary

The pandemic-driven boost of digital innovation holds opportunities, but it needs a sound political framework. From countering disinformation to preventing algorithmic discrimination, the U.S. and the EU need to work together to set the rules for our digital economies and societies.

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Russia: Pechenegs, Polovetzians and the coronavirus

Background

President Vladimir Putin is facing the greatest challenge of his political career: the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in Russia is expected to peak in the next few weeks. Johannes Voswinkel, Head of our Moscow office, reports on timid action, an unexpected crisis manager and the fears of breaking into the reserves.

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Publications

Green Ideas for the Future of Europe

Interviews

Through 20 conversations with Green decision makers and civil society actors, held prior to Germany's EU Council Presidency, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung has striven to contribute to a profound debate about the consequences of the pandemic and the future of the European project.

The European Election in Germany

e-paper

This E-Paper analyse the results of the European Election in Germany and the specific impacts on national politics and the competition between the parties in Germany.

A Local Turn for European Refugee Politics

E-Paper

In this policy paper “A Local Turn for European Refugee Politics” the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung puts forward proposals for a more active role of the municipalities in refugee and asylum policy.

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EU foreign policy

The European Union is playing a more and more important role in international politics. Its origins are rooted in the dramatic experience of the Second World War and therefore it has special responsibility for the future of the continent and international order. Unfortunately, the EU does not always take advantage of its own potential in this field. Therefore, the way to create common foreign policy and its efficient mechanisms leaves a lot to be desired.