New Publication

Enthusiastic consumers, non-committed Democrats – A study about the relationship of youth to Democracy in Hungary

- 26. září 2013 - Since the transition, the liberal democratic system has produced a strong economic socialization effect on young Hungarians, educating them to become “good consumers” who have to a large extent embraced the goods offered by the global cultural and entertainment industry. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation the Political Capital Institute prepared a study with a view to getting a better grasp of the factors underpinning widespread disillusionment with ‘democracy’, and uncovering the reasons behind the low levels of political activity among young people in Hungary.


Alternative Politics? The Rise of New Political Parties in Central Europe

Alternative Politics? The Rise of New Political Parties in Central Europe

- April 9, 2013 - The Institute for Public Affairs released its new analytical publication – the book Alternative Politics? The Rise of New Parties in Central Europe (editors Grigorij Mesežnikov, Oľga Gyárfášová, Zora Bútorová). Authors from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland address the phenomenon of new political parties, their ideological and programmatic profile, political activities, electoral support and personal background.  more»

Energy and Climate

Study: A European Union for Renewable Energy

October 30, 2012 - The Heinrich Böll Foundation commissioned a working group of experts from politics, industry, applied science and civil society considering the challenges of European energy security, economic competitiveness and sustainability and the need to convince governments, businesses and European citizens of the practical feasibilty of a common European vision. more»

Sharing Solutions: Transatlantic Cooperation for a low carbon economy

- September 16, 2011 - This publication analyzes conditions for progressive climate and energy policy at the regional and state level. It discusses how regions with a strong coal, manufacturing or rural economy are affected by climate and energy policies, and how way policies should be designed to soften the impact of structural change toward a low-carbon economy. more»

Myths of nuclear power - a guide

- The Heinrich Böll Foundation has commissioned renowned international nuclear experts to deliver detailed facts central to the myths of nuclear energy. This overview provides the public with a current, facts rich and nuclear-critical know-how. Among others, Steve Thomas shows the true cost of nuclear power and makes it clear that nuclear energy in the free market economy without government support is not competitive.

Gender Democracy

Gender in the EU. The Future of the Gender Policies in the European Union

- March 11, 2013 - The publication was elaborated within the framework of the Regional Program “Gender Democracy/ Women’s Politics”. 

It contains contributions presented at the regional conference “Gender in the EU. The Future of Gender Policies in the European Union” which took place in Warsaw on 28 October, 2009.


Gender Issues 2009: Gender Equality Discourse in Times of Transformation

- March 11, 2013 - The year 2009, which is drawing to an end, brought about many recaps and analyses as we celebrated the twentieth anniversary of democratic changes in the old Eastern Bloc. Despite many new studies dealing with the successes and failures of the transformation, an evaluation of the past two decades from the perspective of gender equality was still missing. Looking at the changes initiated in 1989, such as the introduction of market economy and the adoption of neoliberal ideology as the foundation of the new political, economic and social system, it is important to see how they influenced the situation of men and women.  more»

Democracy and Foreign Policy

People's Power - The Arab World in Revolt

The self-immolation of young and jobless Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi in the provincial town of Sidi Bouzid, being deprived of his vegetable stand and humiliated by the authorities, triggered popular movements and historic events in the Arab World completely unexpected in their magnitude...The renown authors in the special edition of “Perspectives Middle East”, a journal of the hbs office in Beirut, address many questions posed by this rapid development.

The Czech and Slovak Parliaments After the Lisbon Treaty

- This publication is an output of a project called "New role of the national parliaments in the EU decision-making processes: previous experience and new challenges pursuant to the Lisbon Treaty", undertaken by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy together with the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin with the financial support of Heinrich Böll Foundation. 

Annual reports

Annual Reports of HBS

- Annual Report Heinrich Böll Foundation - order print version or download as PDF document.

Foreign and Security Policy

Policy Paper

Safeguarding Artic Resources

January 16, 2009 - No less than a week after presenting its ‘Communication on the Arctic Region’, the European Commission’s attempts at forging a coherent Arctic policy have already taken a knock back. On 25 November 2008, Greenland has voted in favour of further self-rule away from Denmark with 75% voting ‘yes’ in a vote that had a 72% turnout. Roderick Kefferpütz and Claude Weinber more»


Moving Out of the Doldrums?

- October 1, 2008 - Russia and the European Union are increasingly bound together – if not by common values, then by virtue of their interdependence. Beyond strong economic ties, both actors have a mutual interest in maintaining international stability and a secure neighbourhood. more»