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In Favour of a Solidary EU Refugee Policy

A special EU summit of heads of state and government will take place on 23 September. After years of neglect, however, a solidary EU refugee policy cannot be elaborated in summary proceedings and under pressure. A commentary by Eva van de Rakt.

By Eva van de Rakt

Europe and Its Refugees

After Danish Jews fled to their neutral neighbours in 1943 and Sweden agreed to offer temporary refuge to some thirty thousand survivors of the Nazi concentration camps, a country deeply averse to foreigners transformed. So can Europe today. An article of the "Berlin Anthology".

By Göran Rosenberg

Engagement for Refugees in Budapest

From my hotel room in Budapest at the weekend, I followed the images of Germany’s Willkommenskultur, the country’s policy and manner of welcoming refugees and migrants. They have now been granted permission to travel via Austria to Germany.

By Eva van de Rakt

Time to tone down the rhetoric

In the heated climate of the negotiations between the Eurogroup and Greece, it is not enough to be right or win the argument. The German government in particular should take seriously the inflammatory resurgence of resentment it faces.

By Charlotte Beck


The true heroes of our world choose to flee, instead of pushing automatic rifles into the hands of their sons. A poem from the "Berlin Anthology".

By Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Greek Referendum: A Series of Blunders

Greek society is divided over the question of the referendum. The Syriza government ended up toying with democratic processes and institutions, says Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos. A commentary.

By Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos

Dossier: Islamic State and Politics in the South Caucasus

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.

Islamic State and Georgia's Muslim community

The emergence of the Islamic State implies significant political and geographic transformation. Georgia as a territory is not in the spotlight of these changes unless appropriate conditions take shape, in particular, if they win a big number of supporters.

By Ruslan Baramidze

Gender Equality in Europe

The programme "Europe for Citizens" pools activities fostering tolerance promotion, gender equality and the protection of fundamental rights.

European Energy Policy

The Heinrich Böll Foundation focuses in its work programme 2015 on the impacts of the fossile ressource coal, and on ideas and opportunities a European energy union could offer to its citizens.

Europe's Future – Rethinking Europe

The work programme "Europe's Future - Rethinking Europe" is pooling activities that focus diversly on various aspects of European policies, its perspetives and future prospects.

The EU and the Migrant Crisis: Not Much More Than a Point Defense

At the southern border of “Fortress Europe”, the Mediterranean has turned into a graveyard. The current migrant crisis in Europe is about more than a risk to the EU’s reputation. It strikes at the core of the EU’s founding values.  A continuation of its half-hearted response to the migration crisis is out of question.

By Charlotte Beck

Azerbaijan Waiting for the Islamic State: What's Next?

A sad anniversary is upon us. The 29th of June marks exactly one year since the declaration of the global Caliphate - the Islamic State (previously the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). This anniversary is an occasion to reflect on the impact that the various radical Islamic movements and groups have on Salafis (adherents to a strain of Sunni fundamentalism) in Azerbaijan and just how active Azerbaijani Salafis may be in transnational networks and organizations of Islamic radicals.

By Sergey Rumyantsev

The Last Days of the United Kingdom?

Reflections on the Morning After the British General Election of 2015. Will the general election in the UK mark the beginning of the end of the United Kingdom? Read Alex Brianson's reflections on the morning after.

By Alex Brianson