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Transatlantic 20/20: The US and Europe in an Interpolar World

Transatlantic 20/20: The US and Europe in an Interpolar World, held at the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Berlin on June 16, brought together experts from think tanks, the media, and the foreign service to give their take on the scenarios and share how they think the future might unfold. By Colin M. Adams

Renewable Energies in the Baltic Sea Region

Renewables in the electricity sector are often built in regional cooperations. The Example of the Baltic Sea Region shows, that there is a clear potential for an energy system built on 100 percent renewable production. By Factwise

Analysis of the EU Raw Materials Initiative

Yesterday, the European Commission presented an update to its Raw Materials Strategy from 2008. What are the practical implications of this European strategy, especially for resource rich developing countries around the world? By Johanna Sydow, Lili Fuhr, Ute Straub

Examining the Turkish-Russian rapprochement

According to official announcements in Turkey, Turkish-Russian relations are at an all-time high. However, the validity of these claims is not easy to verify given the lack of transparency on both sides. As part of a series of events on Turkish foreign policy, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Turkey in co-operation with the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Russia and Carnegie Centre Moscow try to review the situation.  By Christian Eichenmüller

The Belgian Presidency of the European Union in Retrospect

An impressive display of fireworks at the Mont des Arts concluded the Belgian EU presidency. Despite orignal doubts due to the Belgian government crisis, the Belgian presidency was a success. A look at the Trophy Cabinet of the belgian diplomats. By Hendrik Vos

The Belgian Presidency of the European Union - An assessment

Did the Belgian Presidency of the European Union go beyond playing the honest broker and take on the role of providing the necessary driving force required by the EU with regard to internal and external developments? An assessment of Implementing the Treaty of Lisbon, Policies to overcome the crisis, the European Citizens’ Initiative and external relations. By Mario Telo

What is happening to Hungary?

Hungary was long considered a model for democracy in the former Eastern Bloc countries. It currently hits the headlines because of the controversial media laws and other moves by the national conservative Fidesz party, which endanger essential elements of the constitutional framework. By Péter Rauschenberger

The Belgian Presidency of the EU: Foreign Policy Priorities

The Belgian Presidency of the EU is coming to its end. A review regarding European Foreign Policy covering the implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon, successes and failurees of international summits and noticeable progress at the European Council.
By Mario Telo

Green New Deal in Ukraine? The Energy Sector and modernizing a National Economy

To modernize its national economy, Ukraine must complete the already started vital reforms in its energy sector aimed at modernization and the development of unconventional and renewable sources of energy. To shift priorities of Ukraine’s energy policy towards Green New Deal principles, the European Neighborhood Policy can play a vital role. By Dmytro Naumenko

What Role for the US Government?

Much of the public is deaf to the claims of President Obama that poverty and unemployment levels would be worse without the injection of stimulus money by his administration which provided tax relief and income support for millions of Americans. By Nancy Alexander

Money Can't Buy Love or Democracy

Many Americans have long seen campaign finance laws as the best hope for restoring democracy in the US and were glad to hear President Obama's pledge to work with the Congress to overturn the Supreme Court decision. But the political tides are not moving in favor of democracy.  Money can't buy love or democracy. By Nancy Alexander

Reset, Reassurance and Mutual Recrimination: Obama, the EU and Europe’s East

On October 8, 2010, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung hosted a dinner discussion in cooperation with the Embassy of the United States and the Center for American Progress concerning the future of US policy towards Eastern Europe.  This discussion marked the end of a two day conference on the future of the EUs Eastern Neighbours. By Kristin Michalek

Can Europe rise to the Challenge? EU Policy Responses to the Global Crisis

The effect that the economic and financial crisis has had on the European Union and its policies is the central theme of this publication. The authors have looked at European policies from different angles. They have analysed and evaluated how the Union has dealt with the different aspects of the crisis: which measures have been successful, which have failed and what still needs to be tackled.

Walk - But Learn to Chew the Gum Too

The Russo-Georgian war of 2008 drastically showed up the flaws of Western policy for the region. In fact, it demonstrated the extent of dissent within the Western political community. To this day, the challenge of crafting a coherent and effective policy for Eastern Europe remains unresolved, on both sides of the Atlantic. What such a policy ought to look like is the subject of this article By Constanze Stelzenmüller

The Way Forward: A Euro-Atlantic Security Community

The problem of Europe’s basic security deficit remains, and can lead to complications if left untreated. In the author’s view, the appropriate treatment is creation of a security community that covers the entire Euro-Atlantic area. A security community is a demilitarized political space. It can be alternatively described as a zone of stable peace. By Dmitri Trenin