International Co-operation

Private-sector billionaires setting global agenda

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and other super-rich donors are channelling billions of dollars into international development cooperation. Their financial stakes give them a great deal of influence – without democratic legitimacy.

By Barbara Unmüßig

Budapest gratuliert!

Analysis

Viktor Orbán, facing an upcoming general election, may generate domestic political capital if the German government becomes more decisive in demanding that EU member states comply with the European Union’s migration-related regulations. 

By Edit Zgut

ICAN's mission: Achieving a prohibition on nuclear weapons

Background

ICAN, the partner organization of the Heinrich Böll Foundation which won the Nobel Peace Prize 2017, was initiated in Melbourne and launched internationally in Vienna in April 2007. Since ICAN’s founding, it has worked to build a powerful global groundswell of public support for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

By Beatrice Fihn

Dossiers

Focus on G20 in Germany

G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Find everything you need to know about the G20: Infographics, in-depth analyses and facts about the Group of 20.

Dossier on the UN Climate Summit COP 22 in Marrakech

The UN climate summit in Marrakech from 7th to 18th November is the crucial next step for operationalizing the Paris Agreement. Many controversial issues are on the agenda such as damages caused by climate change and financing for the poorest countries.

Dossier: Squeezed – Spaces for Civil Society

The civil society is globally under pressure. In many countries governments are restricting the activities of civil society organisations with targeted measures. In this dossier we deliver analysis and background knowledge, whilst exploring new scopes for action for civil societies.

Publications

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Tragic consequences of rising resource extraction in Latin America

Interview

The production of raw materials in Latin America leads to blatant human rights violations and conflicts. Without a strong civil society and the responsibility of European consumers, the settlement of resource-related conflicts becomes impossible.

By Dawid Danilo Bartelt

ASEAN among Great Powers

Competing trade agreements and planned infrastructure investments are dilemmas that ASEAN can only successfully solve if they approach the challenges as group that lets go if its consensus decision-making and allows for countries´ flexible participation.

By Truong-Minh Vu

Focus on G20 in Germany

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July 2017: G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Find everything you need to know about the G20: Infographics, in-depth analyses and facts about the Group of 20.

International Co-operation

Progressive climate change, growing poverty, dwindling resources, and the loss of bio-diversity are interlinked problems – problems that will be uppermost in our minds for years to come. However, the international community does little to curtail these developments, as national interests tend to reign supreme. A political turnaround will only happen, if grassroots activism prevails. We participate in creating civil society structures that, wherever possible, campaign for a changed political framework that is able to bring about environmental and social change. Plenty of ideas are out there – and we would like to facilitate creative thinking and the building of new alliances.

Events

Dec 08
Alternative Energy Scenarios for Ukraine, Belarus and the Case for Energy Cooperatives in the Region
Berlin
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