After the success of the first cycle or seminars in Athens, Heinrich Boell Foundation Greece co-organizes a new educational seminar in Thessaloniki, 5-22 of October. Applications up to 08/09/2017!

Antisemitism in Greece today

Looking into the phenomenon of anti-Semitism in 21st century Greece, this report concludes that "after Auschwitz" anti-Semitism is not eradicated in Greece nor in the rest of Europe, but, on the contrary, it is on the rise as recent surveys indicate.

Foto of Euclides Andre Mance

Euclides Andre Mance, Dean at the Institute of Liberation Philosophy (IFIL/Brasil) visited Thessaloniki in order to present practices of economic liberation and tools for building networks of economic collaboration among Social Solidarity Economy organizations.

The 4th European Conference for Social Solidarity Economy is being organized by a wide range of actors from Greece and Europe, in Athens, 9-11 June 2017, Agricultural University of Athens (75 Iera Odos).


Energy poverty is becoming a serious concern in our societies with increasing attention. The presentation of the study "Energy Poverty in Greece: social innovation proposals to address the phenomenon" seeks to contribute to the public debate on the issue in Greece and to the formulation of an innovative social policy combining energy, environmental and social criteria. Friday, 26 May 2017, Europe Direct City of Athens (Akadimias 50, entrance from Solonos str.), 11:00 – 16:00 p.m.

Greece holds one of the highest percentages of anti-Semitism in Europe. The researchers will present the outcome of the study "Anti-Semitism in Greece today: Expressions, causes and tackling of the phenomenon", as well as suggestions for effectively tackling the phenomenon in Greece. Wednesday 03.05.2017, 19:00, E.S.H.E.M.-th. (Stratigou Kallari, 5, 3rd Floor Thessaloniki)

Despite efforts to reduce the violence, conflict, aggression in schools, an increased number of such cases continues to be recorded. The mediation of coevals, i.e. the education of same-age pupils to manage in-school conflicts, is a method applied systematically with impressive results in schools abroad. The School mediation guidbook is a practical tool for the prevention and peaceful management of conflicts, when they arise. The publication is available only in Greek.

In October 2013 a number of people who make their living selling the street paper ‘Shedia’ were handed a camera. All of them are experiencing social exclusion at its most extreme as a direct result of the current social and economic crisis. Months and tens of thousands of photographic images later, the material amassed constitutes a unique social narrative: a country deep in socio-economic crisis, of people who are suffering, but also of people determined not to let go, who keep on hoping, dreaming and fighting.


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This dossier highlights aspects of the refugee crisis. It analyses the lack of policies that have made the crisis hardly if at all manageable for EU Member States, following the tide of refugees from the war zone of the Middle East and describing the situation they face in Lebanon, Turkey, Greece and other Balkan countries until they reach a safe destination.

ANASA multicultural center in cooperation with Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Greece and social entreprise POLYRIZON organize the multicultural festival I HAVE A DREAM: UNITED SECOND GENERATION on the 1 June with discussions and cultural activities. A discussion between the migrants' organizations and communites will take place in order to find a common ground for common actions and partnerships. On the 2-3 June a workshop will be held on social cooperatives for migrants and refugees who are interested to engage more in the field.

School principals and teachers from Athens, Thessaloniki, Edessa and representatives of organizations active in the educational field in schools and the Councils of Migrants' Integration paid a visit to Berlin in order to get informed on actions and educational programmes of german schools in encountering discriminations and racism. 

The dramatic increase in racist violence and discrimination is part of the crisis in Greece and a threat to democracy in the country. The report on "Racism and discrimination in Greece today," outlines the legal arsenal available to the Greek state to combat racism and discrimination and attempts to capture reality in order to protect the rights against racial insults.

Political and technological developments in the field of immigration control as well as organized interests attached to them are forcing an evolution on European border control and immigration policy. The policy workshop is aiming to exchange knowledge and inform key stakeholders in Greece and abroad.

The campaign select respect is an initiative of organizations, which are active in the field of human rights and the fight against discriminations and racism. Our common belief unites us: discriminations and social exclusion, that people face due to their gender, racial, ethnicity, sexual preference, disability, religious and political beliefs concern and affect everybody.

In November 2013 Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece in cooperation with the Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki organized a series of training seminars which targeted at different groups with the purpose of training on the management and organization of NGOs, environmental education and reflection over issues on energy production and alternative heating systems.


The documentary "Developing the social economy in karditsa: A Social Ecosystem" explores the historical context of the development of cooperatives in the region, the gradual depreciation and the recent development of an ecosystem of cooperatives and social enterprises today. It combines material from interviews with members of the social economy and members of the wider academic community and support structures.

Claiming our role as shape-makers of the future of social economy and social entrepreneurship is the primary goal of the Social Entrepreneurship Forum 2016 that will take place on 25 - 27 November in Athens, at the Agricultural University of Athens and the Impact Hub Athens.

Wie sollte eine geeignete Unterstützungsstruktur für die soziale Ökonomie in Griechenland aussehen und wie kann sie in allen Regionen Griechenlands aufgebaut werden? Wie sieht das Ökosystem der Sozialunternehmen und Genossenschaften in Deutschland aus? Das Werkstattgespräch hat im Rahmen der VI Deutsch-Griechischen Versammlung am 5 November in Nafplio stattgefunden.

The summer academy on "Social Economy and Sustainable Rural Development" aims to explore the contribution of social enterprises and cooperatives to rural areas, but also focus on ways to enhance their formation and trading success as well as demonstrate courses of action through best practice examples collected from across Europe. 

Energy poverty constitutes a serious social problem in many European countries with multiple effects both on health and on the overall poverty, and affects more than 100.000.000 European citizens. On Wednesday 29 June 2016, the 2nd workshop took place on “The status of Energy Poverty in Greece and the contribution of green and social innovation to address the problem”. The main objective of the workshop was the exchange of views and ideas with national and EU stakeholders.

What is the role of cultural industry in tackling climate change and promoting environmental sustainability? International intensive summer course exploring what actions can be taken to become more ecological in the way we govern cultural organisations, manage buildings, create and tour productions, collaborate with partners, and engage with audiences, on 6-10.6.2016 in Thessaloniki. Open call deadline: 15 March 2016.

A recent study conducted by the European Parliament showed that 36% of Greek households were experiencing energy/fuel poverty during 2013, in other words facing difficulties maintaining comfort conditions in their homes. Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece is joining forces with the social cooperative Wind of Renewal and the Institute of Zero Energy Buildings with the aim of publishing a policy paper on Energy Poverty in Greece and the contribution of green and social innovation to address it


No Grexit

Greek journalists report and comment on political developments on account of the 5th of July referendum and the coming national elections.

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Will the Greek crisis return? Will Tsipras be able to stave it off? The road to national dignity is paved with good intentions and even better proclamations.


Viel spricht für Neuwahlen in Griechenland. Die griechische Regierung hat keine eigene Mehrheit. Eine Koalition mit den Parteien des „alten Systems“ will Alexis Tsipras nicht eingehen.


Immer wenn man denkt, es geht nichts mehr, kommt die Europäische Union doch einen Schritt weiter. So auch in jener Sonntagnacht, von der man noch nicht weiß, ob sie ein Durchbruch war oder nur ein Zwischenschritt in einer Dauerkrise. Die griechische Malaise ist nur die Zuspitzung eines tieferen Konflikts. Im Kern  geht es um unterschiedliche Vorstellungen von Europa.


Griechenland hat laut "Nein" gesagt zu den Sparmaßnahmen der internationalen Geldgeber. Doch warum tritt kurz darauf  Finanzminister Gianis Varoufakis zurück? Ein Blick auf die Lage nach dem Referendum.


Zwei Tage vor dem entscheidenden Referendum in Griechenland haben zwei griechische Bürger, ein Rechtanwalt und ein Diplom-Ingenieur, beim obersten Gericht des Landes eine Verfassungsbeschwerde eingelegt. Die zwei Bürger zweifeln die Rechtsmäßigkeit des Referendums an und fordern das Gericht auf, es zu annullieren.


How come a left-wing government in a EU country which had won a fresh electoral victory just five months ago and had the ear of its country’s lenders for a considerable time period after it came to power, is now governing a country in which long queues of citizens are continuously formed in front of ATM machines, while old age pensioners form other queues to receive a fraction of their pension?


Athen hat am Dienstag ein neues, auf zwei Jahre befristetes Hilfsprogramm beim Europäischen Stabilitätsmechanismus ESM beantragt. Der Antrag, der die Unterschrift des griechischen Ministerpräsidenten Alexis Tsipras trägt, kam zu spät und war schlecht vorbereitet.

Are our leaders really incapable of bridging a gap of less than 0.5BN Euro?

Co-Chairs Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer comment on the latest developments concerning Greece. 

A deal between Greece and its creditors was possible just three days ago. It is still possible.


Am Freitagabend, als der griechische Ministerpräsident Alexis Tsipras stolz seine Entscheidung verkündete, ein Referendum über die Reformvorschläge der Gläubiger abhalten zu wollen, wähnten sich viele Griechen noch in Sicherheit. „Die Gläubiger werden doch jetzt kleinbeigeben, ist es nicht so?“ fragte mich meine Tante, eine Rentnerin die Tsipras gewählt hatte, in der Erwartung ihre Einkommenslage zu verbessern.


Die griechische Regierung hat am Sonntagabend beschlossen, Kapitalverkehrskontrollen einzuführen. Nach offiziellen Angaben werden die Banken bis einschließlich dem Montag, 6. Juli geschlossen bleiben. Die Griechen dürfen an den Bankautomaten bis zu 60 € täglich aufheben. Über ein Dekret wurde eine Reihe von Beschränkungen am Kapitalverkehr eingeführt, die Börse bleibt ebenfalls bis kommender Woche geschlossen.


Examining the anti-Semitism phenomenon in Greece in the 21st century is based on the observation that post-Auschwitz anti-Semitism has not been eradicated neither in Greece nor in the rest of Europe, but is instead rising as evidence from recent studies show.

Overview of Lignite in Greek energy system, data and challenges for the transition to a post-lignite era and the utilising of the wealth of renewable sources in the country.

This report has been initiated by the rise of extremist right political parties and movements of various guises in Greece and in other EU member states, which has been recorded after the European Parliament elections in May 2014. Although there are undisputed differences among parties and movements characterised today as “extremist right”, at least in regard to their political discourse and their practices, their common denominator, on which they can be compared, is the total adherence and reproduction of the ideology of inequality – or better yet, of inequity- of people, and hence the discrediting and rejection of their difference.


Heinrich Böll Foundation is a political foundation adjacent to the party of the German Greens. Headquartered in Berlin and with around 30 international offices, the Foundation is active in the fields of ecology, sustainable development, democracy, human rights and gender equality. Since 2012 it is represented in Greece with an office in Thessaloniki. It aims to promote alternative solutions and policies that lead to a sustainable socio-ecological development in Greece while ensuring the country's European perspective.

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