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Section: Heinrich Boell Foundation (Germany)

    Ralf Fücks: “For me, the Foundation opened a window upon the world”
    Jun30

    Ralf Fücks: “For me, the Foundation opened a window upon the world”

    Sergey Lagodinsky: In 1996 you became president of the Foundation, following, as we just discovered, a very active and eventful political career.Did it take you long to decide? And why did you decide to work for the Foundation? If my memory serves me right, it was Lukas Beckmann who called me and asked whether I’d like to have the job. This...

    A Farewell to Ralf Fücks, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation by Cem Özdemir
    Jun30

    A Farewell to Ralf Fücks, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation by Cem Özdemir

    Ladies and gentlemen!Dear Ralf! According to the dictionary, a thought leader is “a forward-looking person, able to identify certain trends and developments and to influence or promote them by virtue of his or her own ideas.” According to this definition, there are probably quite a few people who regard themselves as thought leaders, including...

    LGBTI in Russia: history of success, opportunities and challenges
    Jun01

    LGBTI in Russia: history of success, opportunities and challenges

    2000s: Development of movement and public support The LGBTI movement in Russia was on the rise in the middle of 2000-s. At that time LGBTI activists founded key organisations and launched several initiatives for defending their rights, awareness-building and researching of public opinion. The first gay pride was organised by a GayRussia...

    The Dutch defeat ‘the wrong kind of populism’
    Mar22

    The Dutch defeat ‘the wrong kind of populism’

    Especially three developments appear to have caused Wilders’ “defeat” in the election. Still, the next Dutch government will chose a centre-right course on social-economic, climate and immigration policies. Prime Minister Mark Rutte labeled the Dutch elections of March 15 2017 as the quarterfinal in the battle against the “wrong kind of...

    Radicalisation in Isolation: The Success of the Dutch Freedom Party
    Mar16

    Radicalisation in Isolation: The Success of the Dutch Freedom Party

    The radical right-wing populist Freedom Party (PVV) is currently tied for first place in the polls for the upcoming Dutch elections. Is this a clear sign of a radical right-wing populist wave in the Netherlands? What underlies the success of this party? And how can it be compared to other radical right-wing populist parties? Geert Wilders formed...

    Why Germany needs a European Energiewende
    Mar07

    Why Germany needs a European Energiewende

    From the national unilateralism to the European project. The German energy market will only be successful if it cooperates with its European neighbors. The origin of the German Energiewende is purely national. Indeed, when the German federal government decided to embark on the restructuring of Germany’s energy system, it did so without...

    Heinrich Böll – a chronicle of his life and work
    Feb07

    Heinrich Böll – a chronicle of his life and work

    Heinrich Böll was one of the most significant writers of the post-war years. In this chronicle we remind of his life, his writings and political interventions. His courageous and unerring intervention influenced political culture in Germany. Throughout his life, Heinrich Böll transcended ideological boundaries in his committed support of...

    “A coalition is not a love match” – Interview with Ralf Fücks
    Jan25

    “A coalition is not a love match” – Interview with Ralf Fücks

    Are the Greens compatible with Angela Merkel? An interview with Ralf Fücks, president of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, on coalitions with Merkel, the rise of the AfD, as well as the foundation’s development over the past 20 years. Green European Journal: There are more and more liberal and left-leaning people in Germany (even among Green...

    Trump’s foreign policy – Key areas for transatlantic partners to watch closely
    Jan18

    Trump’s foreign policy – Key areas for transatlantic partners to watch closely

    Donald Trump’s statements on foreign policy have often been controversial, but also inconsistent. Since his election, the world wonders in which direction U.S. foreign policy will evolve. Many commentators have pointed out that there might be a shift towards a semi-isolationist approach and a renunciation of the liberal, multilateral, and...

    The Marrakesh Climate Negotiations – a Mirror of a Divided World and Silent Europe
    Dec15

    The Marrakesh Climate Negotiations – a Mirror of a Divided World and Silent Europe

    Compared to COP21 where the EU had a decisive bridge-building role between developed and developing countries in leading a strong climate coalition, in Marrakesh Europe appeared silent and divided. “Have a bias toward action – let’s see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right...

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