Publications

Annual Report 2015

The annual report 2015 of the Heinrich Böll Foundation offers an overview about the work in that year of the 31 international offices worldwide and 16 state-level Böll Foundations in Germany.

Democracy & Human Rights

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Women’s bodies have regularly been – and still are – the central target of conservative and fundamentalist ideology and praxis. This essay provides analytical background information for critical and controversial debates and motivation to explore political intervention.

Anti-Gender Movements on the Rise?

The concept of "gender backlash" encompasses activities pursued by a multitude of different local initiatives all over Central and Eastern Europe, which strongly promote tradition over equality. In many cases these groups appear to be backed and inspired both by influential US-American “pro life” organisations as well as the Kremlin’s "Gay-rope" propaganda, which aims to discredit the European Union as a place of moral decline.

All publications on "Democracy & Human Rights"

Energy & Climate

The Future of Europe and the Future of Climate Action

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The EU is still getting to grips with the need to transition to a fully decarbonised economy, the political economy challenges of deep decarbonisation, the need to develop a regime to manage climate risk, and with aligning its own efforts with those of non-state actors such as cities and progressive businesses. How does climate governance fit within the ‘Future of Europe’ process led by the European Commission?

The Real Price of Coal in the Wartime Donbas: a Human Rights Perspective

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This publication presents results of a study conducted by the Eastern-Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives in cooperation with partner organizations from the Coalition of human rights organizations and initiatives “Justice for Peace in Donbas” with support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s Office in Ukraine. 

European power market integration. Poland and regional development in the Baltic Sea

The goal of this study is to show the impact of the energy transition and of the market design change in Germany on the competitiveness of the Polish power market. The analysis discusses how to increase security of supply by strengthening the Polish market with low-cost, high-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions as well as qualifies the value of closer cooperation between the German and Polish power markets.

All publications on "Energy & Climate"

International politics

Heading South - Rethinking the Eurozone

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How to redesign the Eurozone in order to enhance its chances of survival?  There are many alternatives that can and should be considered. A contribution on how to change the European Union's economic policy. 

The Minsk (dis)agreement and Europe’s security order

The annexation of Crimea by Moscow, and then the provocation and support of the separatism in Eastern Ukraine were the beginning of an ongoing armed conflict. Two years ago in Minsk an agreement was made whose official objective was to restore peace in Eastern Ukraine. The analysis outlines the significance of this conflict in the context of discussions on the model of European security and of Russia’s policy on the West. The authors present the risks associated with the process of implementing the Minsk agreement and conclude with several conclusions for EU policy.

All publications on "International politics"

Dossier: Europe's future after Brexit

For the first time in the EU's history, a member state has voted to leave the European Union. In our dossier, we explore the international reactions: How are the EU member states as well as the US, Russia and Asian governments responding to the Brexit decision? What will be the implications for other EU member states and the future of the European Union?

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European Union & Gender

On 1 May, 2014 Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia celebrated  the 10th anniversary of their accession to the European Union. Despite severe changes within the EU and multiple crises the majority of Poles, Czechs and Slovaks positively assess the European integration. Therefore, our office launched a project aimed at assessing 10 years of the Polish, Czech and Slovakian membership in the EU from a gender perspective. Gender experts from each country have explored to what extent hopes and expectations related to the European integration have been met and how the EU accession influenced the situation of women and men, as well as what contribution have  female MEPs from Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia made in years 2004-2014.

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Dossier: For democracy

Democracy must be fought for, revitalized, and renewed. Institutions, like the Heinrich Böll Foundation, have been struggling against a significant headwind. With the publication “For democracy” and this online-dossier, we analyze the state of democracy worldwide as well as the possibilities of democracy assistance.

Gender Equality as Issue with Content and Context. Ten years of Slovakia´s Membership of the European Union

How has accession influenced gender equality in Slovakia? How has legislation changed and what has happened to the lives of women and men in the country? How has accession influenced the situation of feminist and women’s NGOs? These and other questions are raised in this analysis, which tries to summarise some basic aspects of the assessment of the Slovakia’s membership of the EU. The analysis is part of the international project “10 Years in the EU from a Gender Perspective.

By Zuzana Madarova

Velvet Revolution in Slovakia

In Slovakia, as well as in Poland, there was a lack of women’s voices during the official celebration of the 20th anniversary of democratic changes last year. It was the reason why Ingrid Hrubaničová, a Slovakian actress and writer, who had been touched by the absence of women decided to publish an Open Letter to Potential Women of November in the main daily newspaper “SME”. She appealed to those women who participated in the Velvet Revolution asking them to speak about their experiences during the memorable events in November 1989. She also encouraged the female journalists to fill the gap and efface “white spots” of history and to present female engagement in the democratic changes.

Velvet Revolution in Slovakia

In Slovakia, as well as in Poland, there was a lack of women’s voices during the official celebration of the 20th anniversary of democratic changes last year. It was the reason why Ingrid Hrubaničová, a Slovakian actress and writer, who had been touched by the absence of women decided to publish an Open Letter to Potential Women of November in the main daily newspaper “SME”. She appealed to those women who participated in the Velvet Revolution asking them to speak about their experiences during the memorable events in November 1989. She also encouraged the female journalists to fill the gap and efface “white spots” of history and to present female engagement in the democratic changes.

Conference of the Polluters? Feminist critique of climate politics

The system of climate politics is based on the faith in market equilibrium, and on the economic theory of the right to pollute which assumes that competition on pollution permits market will lead to the optimalization of the costs of dealing with pollution, and eventually will lead to reduction of discharges to the environment. It looks great in theory but so much the worse for reality. Read the analysis and get acquainted with the whole English issue of the Green News.

By Ewa Charkiewicz

Overcoming gender backlash

The Second International Gender Workshop held in Kyiv in October 2013 focused on how Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Poland have been dealing with backlash. Organizers from various offices of the Heinrich Boell Foundation presented gender projects in the region. Invited experts discussed gender education, sexual and reproductive rights of women, and cooperation with regard to LGBT issues.You are invited to read the article by Magdalena Grabowska about gender education in Poland. Another Polish input by Elżbieta Korolczuk deals with the debate on assisted reproduction in the contemporary Poland.

By Dr Elżbieta Korolczuk, Dr Magdalena Grabowska

Triumph of the German Mother

Angela Merkel fell just a few MP's short of getting an absolute majority in the German Bundestag. The ironic title of “the Queen of Europe” doesn't sound too ironic after these elections. Get acquainted with the article requested by the Green European Journal which runs a special website with various analyses of the German elections with the particular emphasis on its impact on the country, the Greens and Europe.

German energy transition

Germany has drawn a lot of attention for the Energiewende - the aim to switch to a renewable energy economy, phase out nuclear power and leave fossil fuels behind. But what exactly is the German energy transition: How does it works and what challenges lay ahead?

By Arne Jungjohann

Euro Crisis Blog

The Euro Crisis Blog wants to focus on the issues, that affect the Eurozone. Its crisis has many dimensions – amongst the economic, social and ecologic ones. The site is regularly updated with opinions about the situation in different European Union Countries, and in the EU as a whole. Visit Euro Crisis Blog www.eurocrisis.boellblog.org

Towards Green Modernization when facing the Crisis

The report by the Green European Foundation gives an overview of the "recovery packages" introduced by governments around the globe and reveals that the European Union is lagging behind the United States and Asia in terms of the Green share of those recovery plans. The authors show the economic and employment potential of a Green New Deal and that the EU has the possibility of leading the way.The report takes a pragmatic approach in the sense that it focuses primarily on how to "green" immediate recovery activities in specific economic areas, and how to support the creation of framework conditions which initiate a dynamic for ecological modernisation and structural change. It also identifies key elements for the implementation of a Green New Deal. The report ends with a series of recommendations that urge the European Union and its Member States to focus their programmes on investments that will kick-start a Green economy and provide sustainable ways out of the crisis.

Critique of the Green Economy

Since the first UN Conference on the Environment and Development in Rio in 1992, all the important environmental trends have taken a turn for the worse. In politics and industry decisions are still taken with scant regard for climate change, biodiversity loss or dwindling resources. The idea of unfettered growth as the way to end poverty and escape economic and financial crisis remains largely undisputed and is currently reflected in the concept of the green economy.

Renewable energy in Belarus

The Republic of Belarus belongs to the group of countries without their own considerable energy and fuel resources (EFR). The EFR include: crude oil, natural gas, peat, water resources and biomass. Belarus’ own power resources satisfy 15-17% of its EFR requirement.

There are practically no other sources of energy in Belarus other than those of renewable character. Therefore, the share of renewable energy amounts to 80% of the country’s own EFR.

Belarus - a chance for democracy?

The European public opinion is informed about the situation in Belarus mainly in the context of spectacular or highly important political events. There is definitely a lack of up-to-date information and current analysis on subjects that do not appear on the first pages and – in case of Belarus- rarely become the subject of analytical expertise. However, these subjects are crucial for the evaluation and monitoring of the process of democratic transformation.

GEM-IWG Knowledge Networking Program on Engendering Macroeconomics and International Economics 2013

The project is a result of the long-standing project of the Heinrich Böll Foundation on gender and economics which was carried out in cooperation with Gender, Macroeconomics and International Working Group (GEM-IWG). The aim was to gender-sensitize economists from the wider Europe and integrate gender perspective into macroeconomic research and policy formulation in Europe with a special focus on the transition and emerging economies in Central, Eastern and Southern. In 2013 the focus was put on strengthening the network of feminist economists from CEE region and from the countries affected by financial and economic crisis.

The German Switch from Nuclear to Renewables

With its nuclear phase-out, will Germany not have to simply import nuclear power from other countries? Aren't renewables raising the cost of power in Germany, and isn't nuclear cheap? And what about coal– is Germany not going to switch to that? Craig Morris, American writer and translator in the energy sector who has been based in Germany since 1992, answers these and more pressing questions on Germany’s energy transition.

By Craig Morris

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Reconnecting Europe

Blog Reconnecting Europe

The European Union is drifting apart. What can we do to reconnect citizens and EU Institutions, north and south, centre and periphery? Four bloggers from Bulgaria, Germany, Spain and the UK share their ideas.

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Beijing + 20 - Dossier about actions for women's empowerment

A comprehensive dossier on energy & climate politics, including regional analyses from international offices of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, climate finance, green economy and many more related topics.

"Green Growth, Smart Growth" - a new book by Ralf Fücks

"Green Growth, Smart Growth" - a new book by Ralf Fücks
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