Newsletter August 2019

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Nationalism in Turkey: Roots and Contemporary Answers

Analysis

Nationalism has been the most influential trend in both current political discussions as well as the in emergence of more engrained political processes in Turkey. In all political strands from the far left to the far right, a ferment, or at least an influential force of nationalism exists in varying tones and different degrees. 

By Yahya Kemal Can


Western Balkans and their significance for the European policy of Warsaw and Berlin

Blog

We invite you to read the new texts published as part of the German-Polish European Blog. In the In the current edition we present the Polish and German perspective on relations with  Western Balkans.

By Małgorzata Kopka


EU’s Role in speeding up energy transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine

Documentation

Obviously, the destiny of sustainable transition of Western Balkan and Eastern European economies is above all in control of the respective countries themselves. Still, the EU is in a decisive position to create conditions for a dynamic of change and a successful modernisation.

By Robert Sperfeld


Talking about China in Myanmar

Report

As a direct neighbour to China, Myanmar plays a strategic role in the “Belt and Road Initiative”. In order to make this work in Myanmar’s highly fractured society, government needs to be more transparent, and parliamentarians and civil society need a greater say in the planning.

By Axel Harneit-Sivers


The European Parliament Goes Green!

Dossier

Upon the European elections in May 2019, the Greens/EFA group has grown significantly in size and holds more seats than ever before in the European Parliament. This dossier aims to give an overview of who they are and what other actors expect from them.


Playing with fire: are the US and Iran risking war?

Dossier

Iran and the US are in an escalation spiral. Since the shooting down of a US drone by Iran at the end of June, the danger of war is real. However, a direct military confrontation would not only affect the Islamic Republic, but would also expand and drastically intensify the numerous, already virulent conflicts in the entire region. 

Ecology


Climate policy together or not at all

Transatlatic Media Fellowship

The dispute between the supporters of globalisation and the defenders of national sovereignty rages around the world. This also concerns climate policy. 

By Wojciech Jakóbik


The IPCC Special Report on Land: We have to act now

Analysis

On August 8th 2019, the International Panel on Climate Change released its special report on climate change and land. Environmental expert Peg Putt provides an analysis of the report's findings.

By Peg Putt


Energy Transition Blog

Democracy


The UN mandate for protection of LGBT persons extended: " The mandate holder is our megaphone"

Article

Mandate of the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

By Caroline Ausserer


A Guide to the US Democratic Primaries

Article

The world is watching as the United States prepares for its next election marathon. Many Europeans want to know where the Democratic presidential hopefuls stand on issues from climate change or migration to regulating Big Tech. But where to start with more than 20 candidates? We try to cut a path through the US Democratic primary jungle.

By Hannah Winnick, Sabine Muscat


The Green Wave: A tsunami or just a storm in a teacup?

Analysis

The final overall outcome of the European elections in May 2019 was more than 70 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for the Greens/EFA group. Europe Elects has crunched the numbers for this article and found that Greens/EFA skyrocketed from around 7,5% in 2014 to 11.7%.

By Tobias Gerhard Schminke


Smart cars, transparent citizens?

More safety, less congestion: Artificial intelligence could revolutionize our mobility. But networking vehicles and infrastructure poses new challenges for IT security and data protection.

By Sabine Muscat, Zora Siebert

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hbs OFFICE OF THE MONTH 
The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is a global network of 34 offices worldwide. In this section, we present once a month one of our offices and its work.

Our office Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Tunis in Tunisia was unaugurated in 2013 as 29th international regional office and was the first office in North Africa. Our colleagues in Tunis particularly focus on gender democracy, equal rights for women and men as well as the right of minorities, their cultural, ethical, social and economic integration while engaging in strategic partnerships with other organisations in the region.

Check out the publication series Perspectives - Political Analysis and Commentary from the Middle East and North Africa and if you are a journalist you can apply to a training on media coverage of socio-ecological transformation in Africa (in French).

The website of the Tunis office is also available in English.

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