Fossil-Fuel Doublespeak

On paper, almost every government in the world is committed to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and keeping global temperatures limited to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. But too many governments, parroting the oil and gas industry's misleading claims, are actually supporting the expansion of fossil fuel production.

Discussing the meaning of self-management as an idea and practice

What is the value of self-management as an idea and practice? How is self-management materialized in different areas of activity? Which are the emerging challenges? These and other interesting questions will be explored in common by members of active initiatives from the field and the wider scientific community in Rapsani at 31st of August and 1-2 of September 2018. 

By Sofia Adam

Thessaloniki - Facetten einer Stadt


Im Rahmen der „Europäischen Kulturtage: Thessaloniki - Facetten einer Stadt“ am Museum für Europäische Kulturen (MEK) (9. August bis 9. September 2018) organisiert das Büro der Heinrich Böll Stiftung Thessaloniki/Griechenland zwei Diskussionsabende zu Themen, die den deutsch-griechischen Dialog fördern. Sie befassen sich mit der die Notwendigkeit der Aufarbeitung der gemeinsamen Vergangenheit sowie Fragen der Solidarität in und zwischen den beiden Ländern im Interesse eines gemeinsamen Europas.

Τhe Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is the German political foundation, affiliated with the German Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen). With headquarters in Berlin and offices all around the world, our international network acts as think tank and a catalyst for green visions, strategies and for policy reforms towards a democratic, socio-ecological transition of society and economy.
The foundation's office in Greece is based in Thessaloniki since 2012. Our program intends to advance democracy and democratic governance, the protection of human rights, promote political dialogue, develop new concepts and practices towards a socio-ecological transformation of the economy focusing on energy transition and social solidarity economy We also place particular emphasis on gender democracy and intercultural inclusion aiming at the emancipation and the granting of equal rights to all social groups facing discriminations and the risk of social exclusion. We also place particular emphasis on gender democracy and intercultural inclusion aiming at the emancipation and the granting of equal rights to all social groups facing discriminations and the risk of social exclusion.


Ein deutsch-griechischer Dialog über Vergessen, Verdrängen und Erinnern


The work of Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece in the field of Ecology revolves around just energy transition and environmental sustainability. Our goal is to encourage decision makers and public administrations at local, regional and national levels to establish policies and implement measures in cooperation with our partners, and to empower civil society actors to advocate and engage in activities for a democratic, ecological transformation of Greek society and economy towards social justice and gender equality.

Energy Transition

Energy Atlas: Figures and Facts about Renewables in Europe

The European Energy Atlas 2018 is published at a time when the EU Member States are discussing their energy and climate strategy until 2013. It thereby not only provides a compass on the differing energy discussions in Europe but also reveals how a Europeanization of the energy transition will be the more efficient and cost-effective option for all Europeans.

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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.

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Social Solidarity Economy

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. 

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

Social Solidarity Economy, defined as the set of different economic practices addressing social needs based on free collaboration and mutual support, is one of the main intervention fields of Heinrich Böll Stiftung in Greece. We want to contribute to the development of SSE practices in Greece on solid ground and proper principles, considering SSE a decisive force for the democratic and ecological transformation of economy and society.


«Whole of Government» als migrationspolitische Perspektive


Ausgehend vom ganzheitlichen Ansatz „Whole of Governance“, der dieses Politikfeld als ressortübergreifende Querschnittsaufgabe betrachtet, unterbreitet der Artikel Handlungsempfehlungen für die Etablierung eines Rahmens für die bessere Abstimmung, Kommunikation, Kooperation des politischen Handelns.

With Europe and the EU facing a time of political and financial crisis, the threats of rising Euroscepticism and populism are increasing. Against this backdrop our work in Greece aims at combating the ideologies of inequality by fostering civil society initiatives towards human rights protection and social inclusion policies as well as at deepening democratic governance through substantial citizens´ participation in political processes at all levels.

Human Rights

2nd Select Respect Film Festival


The 2nd Select Respect Film Festival for the respect of diversity and human rights is now a reality. It takes place from June 1st to June 3rd 2018, at the Pavlos Zannas screening room, at the Aristotelous square, in Thessaloniki.

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Deepening Democracy

European Pillar of Social Rights and Youth Policy in the EU


In the context of the series of lectures and seminars "Debates on the Future of Europe", an international conference and seminar on the European Pillar of Social Rights and the Youth Policy in the EU, will be held on 16 and 17 May 2018 in Thessaloniki.

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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.