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"The “refugee crisis” is, in fact, a crisis of European politics. It reflects growing narrow-mindedness, fear of the future and national parochialism in Europe." Hbs Co-President Ralf Fücks on the future of Europe and on ways to successfully shape a European refugee policy.

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Over five million Iranians are in exile – about 120,000 of which live in Germany. They are influencing political and cultural debates in Iran on a daily basis. The aim of this publication is to promote a process of reflection within the diaspora and provide an input concerning the role and potential of the diaspora community in the US and Germany as well.

Climate & Energy

Workers at the disaster reactor in April 2015 - The reactor is currently receiving a new protective sheath

Thirty years after the biggest nuclear disaster at Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine is still seriously dependent on nuclear energy. It is high time for Ukraine to take the path of nuclear phase-out.


A discussion on coal, energy, and sustainable economic transition in West Virginia

Democracy & Social Policy


In April 2016, the European Parliament passed the General Data Protection Regulation. Green MEP Jan Philip Albrecht was the parliament’s Rapporteur for the new law and led the negotiations. Heinrich Boell Foundation Program Director Hannah Winnick spoke with Jan Philipp Albrecht following a screening of the documentary “Democracy” on May 17, 2016.


Both Germany and the US face a rising tide of right-wing, anti-immigrant parties and sentiments. But the US has developed a unique response. 

Foreign & Security Policy


On June 23, voters in the United Kingdom will go to the polls for a referendum on the country’s membership in the EU. Most experts agree that a Brexit would fundamentally reshape the transatlantic relationship. 


Despite frustration over the pace of reform, many Ukrainians remain cautiously optimistic about the country’s direction. The new government would be well-advised to take advantage of this resolve, and leverage it to usher in a more democratic system. 

Economic Governance & G20


Transparency is an important but easily overlooked agenda in the mix of challenges facing Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) that aim to tackle a range of development imperatives, such as provision of infrastructure and other critical social services. The World Bank recently published ‘A Framework for Disclosure in Public-Private Partnership Projects,’ a practical tool intended to help countries set up PPP disclosure frameworks, based on an earlier eleven-jurisdiction study. Here are five things beyond the World Bank’s recommendations that can help promote PPP transparency:

As G20 President (on 12/1), China's agenda may feature these 7 key priorities.  

Welcome to the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America!

We strive to promote democracy, civil society, equality and a healthy environment internationally. Our Washington, DC office is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides expertise on issues related to our mission. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung has 31 offices worldwide and cooperates with more than 200 partners in more than 60 countries.  

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