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Should the German Autobahn be privatized? Can PPPs alone take care of a public good? Intern Robin Schmücker explains.

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Overfishing, the loss of biodiversity, and an immense pollution – the seas are under stress. The Ocean Atlas 2017 delivers in more than 40 infographics and articles all the relevant data, facts and contexts.

Climate & Energy

A discussion in Whitesburg, Kentucky featured a talk by Timon Wehnert of the Wuppertal Institute as part of a tour of US coal communities sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America.

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With states, cities, and citizens willing to double down and move ahead with climate commitments, the global community can still count on many Americans’ willingness to act responsibly in support of global climate actions, even if their White House is not. Unfortunately, such activism will not make up for the failure of the Trump administration to make good on its international climate finance obligation.

Democracy & Social Policy

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After ending mandatory military service, Germany is struggling to fill its military ranks. The pressure to rethink recruitment strategies has led to some surprising policy proposals and raises broader question of whether Germany might consider recruiting non-citizens generally for military service.

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With $ 1.4 trillion in student loan debt, the United States is facing the biggest higher education crisis in its history. A look at the current situation, affected students and potential ways out of the crisis.

Foreign & Security Policy

Human Rights Council - Special Meeting  Mahmoud Selman Abbas, President of the State of Palestine during a Special Meeting of the Human Rights Council. 28 october 2015.
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Last week, President Trump hosted Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, for discussions on an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and further economic and security cooperation between the US and the West Bank. What can we expect from the US administration and how committed are the parties involved in the conflict?

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In his book Defending Freedom - How We Can Win the Fight for an Open Society”, Ralf Fücks sheds light on the underlying causes of the crisis of liberal democracy and the erosion of the political center. He concludes that our societies are undergoing a crisis of modernization triggered by four main fundamental changes

Economic Governance & G20

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With legal counsel, the Heinrich Boell Foundation prepared this submission to the World Bank Group's consultation on its draft Report on the 2016 Edition of its "Recommended PPP Contractual Provisions". It cautions that the draft "Contractual Provisions" put an inordinate level of risk on governments (with potential fiscal consequences); obstruct the state's "right to regulate" in the public interest (for instance, to protect the environment and human rights); prefer international (rather than domestic) settlement of disputes; and fail to adequately promote contract transparency. 

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Author Nancy Alexander describes forces working against inclusive, sustainable globalization, including the recommended contracts for public-private partnership (PPPs) to deliver public services.

Welcome to the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America!

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is a political foundation affiliated with the German Green Party. We act as a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network. Hbs seeks to advance democracy and human rights, protect the environment and climate, and promote the peaceful resolution of conflicts. We place particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and LGBTI communities. Our Washington, DC office is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes policy reform and political dialogue in our program areas through publications, public seminars, conferences, workshops, study tours and visitor programs.

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