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‘Fake News’ Fights Back

Transatlantic Media Fellowship

Russian disinformation. A government attacking the media. A populace deeply skeptical of it. These Slovak journalists had seen it all — and decided to do something about it.

By Emily Tamkin


Western democracies have witnessed the rapid rise of global and national right-wing movements that are increasingly successful in mobilizing public support and running competitive election campaigns. These fundamentally anti-democratic groups seek not only to spur racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic sentiments, but also to foment widespread mistrust in democratic institutions, including the media, the justice system, and free and fair elections. Frequently, such movements demand a nationalist rewriting of history that ignores the lessons of Germany’s fascist past, of European ethnonationalism, and of the American experience of slavery and genocide. We work with partners across the US and Europe to educate the public about these troubling trends, provide historical and comparative analysis, and buttress democratic leaders, institutions, and policies.

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Achtung! Voter Suppression is Coming to Europe


With an upcoming Supreme Court decision on partisan gerrymandering, new voter ID laws around the country, and increased rhetoric about voter fraud, the topic of voter suppression is at the forefront of the US national debate.

By Andrea Sandbrink

“Representation is power.”- Interview with Ruben Gonzales


Across the US, progressive Americans are looking for ways to engage in civil resistance and defend progressive legislation. The Victory Institute and its associated Fund identify, train and support members of the LGBTQ community to run for office. We spoke with Ruben Gonzales, Vice President of the Leadership Initiatives at the Victory Institute.

By Sophia Oster, Ruben Gonzales
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Democracy, Democratization and Climate Change

Relationships between democracy and more particularly democratization on the one side and climate change and responses to that on the other are underexplored in the two literatures on democratization and climate change. A special issue of the journal DEMOCRATIZATION, with contributions by several Heinrich Böll Foundation authors, explores a variety of facets of this complex and interdependent relationship.

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