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2019 Cohort of Transatlantic Media Fellows


We are excited to announce our selection of Transatlantic Media Fellows for 2019.

Within the framework of the Transatlantic Media Fellowships we cooperate with our Office in Washington, DC. As a part of the programme, we support committed journalism by offering stipend for journalists for a travel to the United States to research stories relevant to the foundation’s work on climate and energy policy, democracy and social policy, or foreign and security policy.

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

Imagined urban communities. Eastern European experiences


Can politically engaged art help individuals to create vibrant, self-sustaining and inclusive urban communities, where they feel connected with their place of living and their fellow citizens?

By Annika Poblocki, Gert Röhrborn

The power and influence of the young


Are the young involved in social and public activities to better their environment?  Or are they a passive and, perhaps, entitled audience? The answer is never simple or obvious. As part of the conference "The future of the civic participation of the young" in Iława, we discussed the subject versus the object nature of the inclusion of young people in decision-making processes – whether the young are users, or those being used, in the ongoing trend of their presence as a political topic. Finally, together with practitioners from the fields of education and local government, we wondered how to make the dialogue between young people and adults real and sensible.

By Gert Röhrborn, Joanna Pietrasik

Civic Charter

Repression of civil society is on the rise all over the world. The charter aims to support civil society organizations as activists throughout the world, to advocate for their rights and freedom of action, and to demand government guarantees.

Renationalization of Poland's politics

Interview with Irene Hahn-Fuhr, director of the Warsaw office, for German-speaking public about governmental policies, civil society and party scene.

By Irene Hahn-Fuhr

Anti-abortion laws vs. women's rights - legal opinion

The Polish Sejm definitively rejected the citizen’s bill that would have introduced a total ban on abortion in Poland. Document introduced by the “Stop Abortion” coalition unleashed unprecedented women's demonstrations across Poland and abroad. Prof. Monika Płatek has prepared a legal opinion on the proposed law facilitating an understanding of the scale of the social protests.

By Prof. Monika Płatek

Demophilia demolishes democracy?

Populism stirs up emotions. This claim holds true not only in the relations between politics and society or the media,  but also in the academic community. Participant of the conference "Current Populism in Europe: Impact on the Political Landscape” reports how sources and consequences of this political phenomenon were analysed in the context of Europe's future.

By Dominika Kasprowicz, Ph.D.

The return of repression

Rządy na całym świecie podejmują drakońskie kroki, aby ograniczyć działalność organizacji społecznych. Niezależnie od stosowanych metod obserwujemy próby zakłócania pracy aktywistów i aktywistek na skalę niespotykaną od upadku komunizmu w Europie.

By Barbara Unmüßig

Parliamentary elections 2015 in Poland: trends and tactics

Democracy is a system in which political parties lose elections, stated Adam Przeworski. After all, what matters is who failed and why. When analysing the structure of party supporters and the shifts in their preferences, parliamentary elections 2015 can be seen as a reversal of several trends.

By Waldemar Wojtasik Ph.D.

Civil Society Under Pressure

Shrinking – closing – no space: Governments across all continents villainize civil society actors. Where does their sense of threat emanate from?

By Barbara Unmüßig

Victory of national conservatives in Poland

Poland has elected its new government. Not a single left-wing party has made it through the elections. Director Irene Hahn-Fuhr comments the outcome of the Polish parliamentary elections from a European perspective.

By Irene Hahn-Fuhr

Politics of protest in Romania: The case of “Save Bucharest“

Increased urban and environmental activism in CEE could indicate the emergence of a new wave of grassroots movements. The seminar on 24.09 will analyse the case of “Save Bucharest” as a laboratory where new styles, social meanings and cultural critiques are informally exercised and eventually institutionalized.

PEGIDA in Dresden and elsewhere – more than right-wing populism?

With the acronym PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident), a group of men began “walking” every Monday evening through the streets of Dresden, reaching at the top 25.000 participants in January. Beyond the undeniable anti-immigrant attitudes of many PEGIDA-adherents, there seems to be a general challenge to the concept of representative liberal democracy. The specificity of the movement was discussed by German political scientist Dr. Dietrich Herrmann on the expert seminar and in his subsequent analysis.

Political Mobilizations in Hungary 2010-2014

The post-transition Hungarian protest sector grew to an unseen size during the years of the second Orbán government. Democracy frames gained momentum with large-scale left-liberal protests organized in defense of liberal democracy. Protest event analysis and secondary sources were used during the third expert seminar with Mihály Gyimesi to explain interactions between popular support and dissent.