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.
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.
We invite you to read the new texts published as part of the German-Polish European Blog. Although the number of refugees and migrants entering Europe has recently fallen, our continent remains one of the most attractive destinations for global migration. Europe needs new and common solutions in this matter.
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.
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?
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.
The migrant crisis poses a major challenge to European solidarity and the functioning of the European Union as an organization. In 2015 alone, more than a million migrants entered the European Union compelling it to urgently develop solutions and mechanisms to resolve the crisis and avert its negative impacts.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.