Select Respect Forum

Select Respect Forum "Human rights in practice - Social inclusion, discrimination, diversity" organized by the Select Respect  Network for the first time 23-25 of November in Thessaloniki

Setting up and strengthening of energy cooperatives in Greece

How do we inform citizens about setting up an energy cooperative? What training needs arise as citizens become prosumers? These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the workshop "Setting up and strenthening of energy cooperatives in Greece" that will be held on Friday 1 December, in Athens. 

Debates on the future of Europe

"Debates on the future of Europe" is a series of lectures and seminars discussing the future of the European integration. In the context of this series of debates, Professor Ulrike Liebert from the University of Bremen, gave a lecture on the subject of "Democratisation in the framework of the multilevel European governance.

Social Solidarity Economy in Greece: A priority agenda

Which are the main trends and developments with regard to Social and Solidarity Economy in Greece in the field and at the institutional level? What is the contribution of Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece. This article answers these questions and many more...

By Sofia Adam

GreenWave Festival 2017

The GreenWave Festival 2017,organized by the Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki for the seventh year in a row, in cooperation with Heinrich Boell Stiftung Greece has peace as its main subject. Within the auspices of the Festival, events are organized with the subject of war and environment, the history of the peace movement as well as the impact of nazism and racism with the culminating point of the Holocaust of Jews.

Antisemitism in Greece today - Executive Summary

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.


Refugee crisis: Odyssey to Europe

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.

Heinrich Böll; Ein streitbarer Schriftsteller mit moralischen Grundsätzen

Anläßlich der 100. Wiederkehr von Heinrich Bölls Geburtstag (1917-1985) wollen die Heinrich Böll Stiftung Griechenland, das Goethe Institut Thessaloniki , die Griechische Gesellschaft für Germanistische Studien und das Generalkonsulats Deutschlands am 24. April 2017 Werk und Wirkung des Schriftstellers und Literaturpreisträgers würdigen mit einer Diskussion zur Rolle des engagierten Schriftstellers in Europa heute.

Book presentation: Combating antisemitism in Greece

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)

Peer-to-peer School Mediation

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.

Photo exhibition "Images of our other self"

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.

The programme "EUROPE FOR CITIZENS" 2015

In 2007, the European Commission initiated the programme “Europe for citizens,” calling on all organisations engaged in European politics to pursue actively and persistently programmes suited to make the European Union, its institutions, committees, workings, and representatives, more visible and comprehensible to Europe’s citizens. 

Quo Vadis Europe?

Deepening European integration or a return to national entrenchment? A debate on the future of Europe to be held on 23 November 2015, 19.00 - 21.00, Goethe Institute, Omirou 14, Athens. (More in German)

Study launch: Energy Poverty in Greece

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.

Developing social economy in Karditsa; A social ecosystem

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.

Energy poverty in Greece today

Energy poverty is beginning to be acknowledged worldwide as a social problem of increasing importance and serious impact on the health of millions of people. In the last years in Greece, public awareness concerning this phenomenon is emerging, but neither a clear definition nor specific indicators for monitoring the phenomenon are yet put in place by the responsible authorities. The study published in Greek by the Heinich Böll Foundation Greece contributes to fill this gap. Read the executive summary in english.

Social Entrepreunership Forum 2016

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.

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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Greek Elections 2015: Quo Vadis, Alexis?

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.

By Eleni Panagiotarea

Neuwahlen im Herbst wahrscheinlich

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.

By Panagis Galiatsatos

Griechenland und die EU – Ein Beziehungsdrama in vier Akten

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.

By Olga Drossou, Ralf Fücks

Vor dem Referendum: Die Griechen sind tief gespalten

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.

By Panagis Galiatsatos

The Greek Referendum of 5 July 2015: A series of blunders of which the largest and latest was Syriza's blunder

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?

By Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos

This is about Europe and not just about Greece

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.

Die Griechen wirken überrascht und ratlos

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.

By Panagis Galiatsatos

Griechische Regierung hält am Referendum fest

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.

By Panagis Galiatsatos


Anti-Semitism in Greece today


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.

Lignite in the Greek Energy System


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.

Racism and discrimination in Greece today


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.


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