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A Guide to the US Democratic Primaries


The world is watching as the United States prepares for its next election marathon. Many Europeans want to know where the Democratic presidential hopefuls stand on issues from climate change or migration to regulating Big Tech. But where to start with more than 20 candidates? We try to cut a path through the US Democratic primary jungle.

By Hannah Winnick, Sabine Muscat

The American left rarely looks beyond US borders

Transatlantic Media Fellowship

After all, foreign policy is an area where you can easily get your hands dirty – it is full of corrupt compromises that are far from the ideals to which the left aspires; it forces one to operate in a moral grey zone; there are sometimes nothing but ill-suited solutions on offer; and it often requires the use of force.

By Adam Traczyk

Debate: Forgotten conflict? EU and the war in Donbas


Is the situation in Eastern Ukraine still a topic for the international community? What can we do as Europeans to help Donbas? Is the Minsk Protocol enough to deal with the conflict ? Those and other questions were discussed with our experts during an open debate which Heinrich Böll Foundation in Warsaw organized in cooperation with Stefan Batory Foundation.

By Małgorzata Kopka-Piątek

Successes and failures of supporting Ukraine from the local, Polish and EU perspective

Since the Euromaidan Revolution and with European Union’s support, Ukraine has made progress on implementing necessary reforms. However, in endorsing Ukraine, Europe and its member states made several mistakes. What are implications for the EU from the last three years of Ukraine’s transformation and the Minsk process? Which expectations has Ukraine failed to meet?

By Andrzej Mendel-Nykorowycz

Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy - Consultation Submission by the HBS

Uniting a large part of the continent under the European Neighbourhood Policy created the inevitable though largely unintended consequence of differences. Recently, the EU launched a consultation on the future of its relations with neighbouring countries. The Heinrich Böll Foundation participated at the review process and submitted its evaluation to the European Commission.

Europe with a View to the Future

For the third time, the international forum "Europe with a View to the Future" in Gdańsk has addressed the condition of European political community  and lessons learnt from the Ukrainian Revolution. These topics have been defined based on our continued analyses of the situation in Europe, which we see today as a continent struggling with a crisis of identity and terrorist attacks on the one side and a war on the other side.  Between 14th and 15th of May 2015 a number of high-level debates were held with major intellectuals, scientists, politicians and journalists concerned about common future of Europeans.

International conference: Ukraine, Russia and the European Union

One year after the annexation of Crimea, an international conference held at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin on March 2 offered European and US experts the opportunity to analyse and discuss Europe’s response to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. What are the EU’s policy options towards Russia? What progress has been made towards political and economic renewal? To the conference documentation with recordings and articles.

15th Annual Foreign Policy Conference - materials

The debate on the possibilities and limits of German foreign policy cannot be divorced from the context of history. In 2014, Europe is commemorating a century of wars and revolutions. The conclusions to be drawn for our present actions are controversial, however, as can be seen currently with regard to Ukraine. This raises the question of how far policy can rely on historical experiences and the lessons that history has in store for us. We present materials from the 15th Annual Foreign Policy Conference "On the way toward greater responsibility? Lessons from a century of extremes for the future of German Foreign Policy".

European Endowment for Democracy One Year On

Establishing the European Endowment for Democracy 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. 

Europe – the Final Countdown or Resurrection Time? Reclaiming the European Project

The dossier ‘Europe – the final countdown or resurrection time?’ will provide an insight into the feelings and ideas which are held towards Europe by elites and (other) citizens in a wide selection of EU Member States. The European Union office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung has asked politicians, journalists, writers and other intellectuals in more than a dozen countries to describe what they and the people in their countries feel and think about Europe, whether from their perspectives there is a chance to resurrect and reclaim the European project and what would be the main changes necessary to succeed.

Warmer relations between Minsk and Brussels – dilemmas of the opposition

Once the EU’s policy towards Minsk has changed, instead of increasing their popularity in the European capitals, leaders of the Belarusian opposition need to focus on winning the sympathy of Belarusians. Under the pressure of the West, Lukashenka should come to terms with the opposition, which will be given access to the parliament and local governments, in exchange for certain concessions in favor of the authorities.

By Yuri Drakakhrust

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