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.
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.
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.
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.
The 5th European Youth Congress was held by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Gdańsk, Poland from 23rd to 26th July 2017. The event was organized by our Warsaw office in cooperation with the Green European Foundation and the European Solidarity Centre.
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.
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.
In recent weeks Poland has witnessed an unprecedented mobilisation of women against the tightening of the already very strict abortion law. Gert Röhrborn from the Warsaw office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation sheds light on the background of these recent events.
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.
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.
Where is the world heading and what kind of future awaits Europe? How are today’s uncertainties affecting Poland and how will we deal with them? The World in Focus is an invitation to engage in meetings and discussions on international issues.
Since the summer of 2015, Germany has been the target country for flows of refugees seeking sanctuary, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The influx of refugees has entirely dominated the political and social debate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.