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Opening remarks on the occasion of the "EU Quo Vadis?" Conference of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Berlin on May 26th, 2016 titled "Crossing Boundaries in European Asylum and Refugee Policy".

Whilst the French government focuses on military actions in dealing with the refugee crisis, these protestants in Toulouse demand more help for the refugees (September 5, 2015)
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In France economic and social problems, terrorism and internal security are viewed as more important than the migrant crisis. Seeing the migrant flows as a result of conflicts in the Arab world they deal with the problem with military assistance.

Mustafa hasn't been to school for four years now, Lebanon
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Thousands of Syrians have sought shelter in Lebanon. But having such a precarious status there and no legal recognition many feel their best option is to try entering the EU via the Mediterranean.

Dossiers

The current ‘refugee crisis’ represents a political crisis for Europe as lack of coordinated action. Our dossier is an attempt to see how national differences present themselves and what common ground might still be achievable for a common European policy.

Nationals of many Western and non-Western countries are joining the IS. Those that survive the fight will bring home extensive battle experience and new ideas about social and political life. The danger to peace and civic order, and the growing influence of this quasi-religious military movement casts shadow over the South Caucasus.

Vladimir Putin with PM Viktor Orbán on a visit to Hungary in February 2015
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Putin’s visit to Budapest in February 2015 was his first bilateral meeting in an EU and NATO member country since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. By inviting him Budapest has broken Europe’s tacit agreement on a united Russia policy, and is arguing for a normalisation of relations with Russia.

One year after the annexation of Crimea, European and US experts analysed and discussed Europe’s response to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. The conference documentation offers articles, recordings and photos.

What political actions are necessary to protect citizens from mass surveillance and what tools exist for people to secure their communications, movements and lives? This and other topics where discussed at our international activistm conference. Here you find the videos of the event.

Publications

Cover: Identity and Exile

Over five million Iranians in exile – about 120,000 of which live in Germany. The contributions in this volume provide the impetus for an exemplary discussion of the productive potential of the Diaspora.

The annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and the launch of a hybrid war against Ukraine was Russia’s answer to the revolution triggered by Euromaidan. In order to explain the differing reactions of individual Visegrad countries, the offices of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Prague and Warsaw asked their partner organisations to systematically analyse how these countries have dealt with the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The level of political commitment in the build up to Paris means a deal is very likely. But, the devil will be in the detail. The final Policy Brief of the "From Warsaw to Paris" series discusses how to communicate the COP21 outcome and what the outcomes of Paris mean for the EU’s 2016 climate and energy agenda.

Twenty-two authors from fifteen different countries contemplate the fates of refugees and asylum-seekers in literary form. The perspectives and insights are just as different as individual motives, destinies, and experiences.

The concept of "gender backlash" encompasses too 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.

More Articles

Migrants in Hungary near the Serbian border (August 25, 2015)
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Due to their recent history many Croatians understand the plight of refugees. Others fear the influx of different cultural and religious influences, and the effects on the economic situation.

Migrants at Eastern Railway Station - Keleti, 2015.09.04
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During the Slovak parliamentary election campaign even moderate parties adopted anti-immigrant language. But the strategy backfired and far-right politicians entered parliament.

Refugees at the border in Gevgelija, Mazedonia (August 24, 2015)
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Whilst the refugee crisis has dominated debates in Germany since 2015, it plays a subordinate role in France where the war on Islamist terrorism and tackling the problem with military intervention.

Refugees arriving at the airport in Cologne/Bonn (5, October 2015)
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As Europeans struggle to deal with the tensions between growing right-wing, xenophobic parties and new refugee and immigrant populations, there is much to be learned from the US immigrant rights movement.

Member of Greek Red Cross helps an Afghan refugee who has just arrived from Turkey with an inflatable boat in the area of airport of Mytilene, Lesvos Island, Greece
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Greece as a key migrant entry point needs extra resources to secure the EU’s external border and provide humanitarian assistance. It's vital to manage the burden sharing and secure a pragmatic agreement with Turkey to stem migrant flows and facilitate returns.

Events

Jun 24Jul 14
The Last Illusion
Berlin
Jun 24
Film screening
Jul 05
The Georg Arnhold Symposium on Education for Sustainable Peace
Berlin
Oct 17Oct 18
3rd International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities
Esch-sur-Alzette

Dossier

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is compiling a dossier containing articles and interviews on the situation in Hungary since the right-wing government came to power in April 2010. Our intention is to raise awareness about the changes in the domain of public life in Hungary.