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Democracy

Nationalization is not the Solution for a Globalized World

Brazil has fallen, who will be next? Authoritarian populism is rattling the Western World, whose liberalism had hitherto appeared unassailable. Michael Zürn, one of the directors of the Berlin Social Science Center, held a lecture in Belgrade on the reasons behind the success of the new Right. Here is an interview with him for NIN Weekly, published on November 8 2018, by Marko Lovric.

Ecology & Economy

Europe

Social Solidarity in Action – Our Study Visit to Thessaloniki

The HBS Office in Belgrade has supported the development of the social economy in Serbia for a while now, so the invitation from the HBS Office in Greece to go on a study visit to Thessaloniki, touring the various social enterprises operating in and around the city, was a very welcome one. 

By Nemanja Georgijević

Education & Open Culture

Protestantism, modernization and our time

As part of a series of events marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Dr Andreas Poltermann held a lecture entitled "Protestantism - or: Modernization of the World", on June 13th 2017 in Belgrade.

By Tamara Skrozza

HEINRICH BÖLL STIFTUNG – BELGRADE OFFICE

Welcome to the website of the Heinrich Böll Foundation's Office in Belgrade. We are responsible for the Foundation’s work in Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro. In our topics sections we provide information about events that we organize independently or in cooperation with other organizations. We also provide information from various publications related to issues that we consider important. The website contains information in Serbian and English. We hope that here you will find interesting material and useful information about important political and social issues.

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Publications

Inception plus Ten

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A decade ago, the elected representatives of the people of Kosovo gathered in an extraordinary session to declare the country independent and sovereign. One of the main arguments, which was continuously repeated throughout the process of resolving Kosovo’s political status, was that the country represented a unique case in world politics. What is the story of Kosovo’s statehood, ten years after independence? Starting from this very question, D4D has compiled this report that seeks to review the statehood with the help of hindsight. 

Sustainable Development in Kosovo: A Local Perspective

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The purpose of this paper is to account for how local governments and citizens perceive sustainable development in Kosovo and explore bottlenecks and opportunities they face in this regard. A combination of document analysis and information gained through public debates shows that local governments are in a favorable position to respond to and address today’s local development challenges in Kosovo. Findings indicate that local governments can play a vital role in educating, mobilizing, and responding to citizens to promote overall sustainable development in the longer term, albeit a relatively new concept in Kosovo. 

Narratives in the Balkans - In the Combat Zone #6

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Open confrontations in the post-Yugoslav wars gave the advocates of ethno-nationalist ideologies (and their users) plenty of experiences or "proof" which "confirmed" all previous fears and concerns: "they" (another ethnic collective) are "out to get us". The wartime period, as well as post-war years,  have been featured by spreading narratives which concretizes the abstract and empty ideology of ethnicity.

Perspectives SEE - Still stuck in the past: How addressing Energy and Climate Change can advance development #5

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This issue of Perspectives is dedicated to climate change mitigation in the Western Balkans, because of both the global need to limit global warming but also because mitigating climate change, as the articles show, goes hand in hand with development both in terms of economic growth and in terms of health, wellbeing and societal development.
With this context in mind, the articles before you shed light upon some of the commonly overlooked aspects of it but also point to solutions which are good starting points for any future changes in how we think of energy, development, and public good more broadly.

Chapter 27 in Serbia: No-Progress Report

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The report Chapter 27 in Serbia: No-Progress Report deals with the key events in the areas of environment and climate change (Chapter 27 in the EU accession negotiations) in the Republic of Serbia in the period from November 2017 to February 2018. The report assesses those events and makes recommendations for strengthening the process of transposition and implementation of the EU legislation covered by this chapter.

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