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The Programme “Europe for Citizens” 2015

The programme "Europe for Citizens" aims to make the European Union, its institutions, committees, workings, and representatives, more visible and comprehensible to Europe's citizens.

"I never thought it would be easy"

In the conflict with Russia, the EU has considerd military action only as the last resort. This should not change in the future, says Rebecca Harms, president of The Greens–European Free Alliance group in the European parliament.

When choosing means losing

The trade relations of the six countries of the Eastern Partnership is a complex web of discrepancies. They have assigned different association agreements with Russia and the EU. The coexistence of these two models of economic integration poses challenges - and problems.

By Heidi Hautala

Challenges for Europe’s Policies Towards Eastern Europe

The crisis in Ukraine with all its reverberations comes at a moment when the EU and the European project are very weak and while international insecurity is on the rise. As a result the Perspectives for the EU’s Eastern Partnership will have to change.

By Francisco de Borja Lasheras

How to Achieve Peace in Eastern Europe

Today, the future of European nations is at stake in eastern Ukraine. If not effectively addressed, the Ukrainian crisis will pose the biggest threat the EU’s member states have experienced since 1945.

By Mikhail Minakov

The gravitational pull of the Soviet Union

While Russia is redrawing the European map, Ukraine needs to move forward: A hybrid war cannot be ended with a hybrid peace and an economic crisis cannot be overcome with hybrid reforms. Changes have to be fast and radical.

By Svitlana Zalishchuk

International Conference: Ukraine, Russia and the EU

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.

Equal Opportunities Policy

With a wide range of formats, including interviews, video, commentary, as well as conferences and panel discussions we are trying to cover a great diversity of issues on the development of democratic gender conditions.

Europe’s Future

Through their activities, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and its project partners want to promote public discourse in Europe and encourage people to get actively involved as citizens of the European Union.

Europe’s Youth

The Heinrich Böll Foundation aims to offer diverse activities for young Europeans and give them the opportunity to get together and swap ideas, to build networks and to come up with shared projects.

The Programme “Europe for Citizens” 2014

In 2007, the European Commission initiated the programme "Europe for Citizens", calling on all organisations engaged in European politics to pursue actively and persistently programmes suited to make the European Union, its institutions, committees, workings, and representatives, more visible and comprehensible to Europe's citizens.

Merkel closes the Hungarian loophole

On 2 February, Angela Merkel visits Hungary. The German-Hungarian friendship has undergone fundamental changes in the recent past - and the rewriting of Germany’s Russia policy also entails reshaping its ties to Hungary.

By Benedek Jávor

Hannah Arendt, Putin and Today’s Russia

Hannah Arendt would have found a lot to dislike about today’s Russia. But she would have loved Pussy Riot. An excerpt from the lecture of Ralf Fücks upon the occasion of the 2014 Hannah Arendt Prize.

By Ralf Fücks

Nothing New in Bosnia?

Elections, Coalition building and a new chance for the European Integration: What has to change now in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

By Saša Gavrić, Tijana Cvjetićanin

Announcing the "illiberal state"

The Băile Tuşnad speech of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán must be analyzed in a wider contex: The Orbán regime is systematically taking control of all institutions that could have a role in containing the power of the government.

By Attila Juhász