Society & Participation

Free media, free people. The fight against disinformation as a global challenge

Disinformation, manipulations, political smear campaigns and a rising pressure on journalists, sometimes even leading to physical attacks  – these are all dangerous phenomena which have become all too painfully known to us during the last years. They pose a direct threat to free journalism, at the same time challenging the very integrity of democratic processes and societies. 

By Gert Röhrborn, Kevin Skrzypczak

Good Will is key, but Knowledge is Golden. Migration as an Indicator of Global Changes

The intense public debate on various social policy issues in Poland that has been carried on for the last several years indicates that economic and socio-cultural developments in the country have accelerated significantly, although not equally for everyone. Some people experience those processes to such an extent that they increasingly demand substantial stability and a fixed direction in the rapidly changing reality. This also applies to the question of socio-cultural diversity, especially the issue of migration.

 

 

 

By Gert Röhrborn

Where do we go when the storm is coming?

The fifth edition of Green Summer University (ZLU), organized by the Green Zone Foundation and the Green European Foundation in collaboration with the Heinrich Böll Foundation took place from July 12th to 15th under the slogan “Crossing Borders”. Various supporters of “greening up” European societies met in Janów Podlaski, nearby the Polish-Ukrainian border, where the dialogue between different cultures, religions and languages is especially intense.

By Gert Röhrborn

Politics of protest. Understanding political protest in Central Europe

The project organized in cooperation with Collegium Civitas examines recent popular protest movements in Central European countries. Six expert seminars serve to examine recent protests in Bosnia, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania. Invited country experts will discuss the political background, sociological causes and motivations of protests as well as organizational forms of current mobilizations. The case studies will help us to develop a common analytical framework for understanding political protest in the region. Project description.

Publications

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.

Safeguarding Democracy in the European Union

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.

Society & Participation

Our intellectual patron, Heinrich Böll, used to say: “Meddling is the only way to stay realistic”. In keeping with this motto, we support different forms of active civic participation in social life and the struggle for a democratic and friendly world. We particularly care for urban movements, digital rights and freedoms, as well as the development of green political power in Poland and the region.

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