Democracy & Participation

In Greece, the global financial and economic crisis has brought about a crisis in the democratic function of the state’s institutions and in the political system in general. The people have lost faith in the once dominant political parties and democratic institutions, as well as in the particularistic social state. The place of these has been replaced by anti-parties, populism and sterile opposition. In the margin of this shrinking and fragmented social state, more and more citizens are taking initiative and participate in self-organisation and solidarity actions on the basis of a universal value system, which does not discriminate against people, poor or ill, Greek or foreign. However, the development of a far-right, racist and homophobic network defines solidarity in terms of nationalistic criteria, thus disrupting social solidarity and cohesion. The Heinrich-Böll-Foundation enhances and initiates actions towards non-discriminatory democratic inclusion policies and fosters civil society participation procedures.

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Legally combatting Gender-based Discrimination in Greece


Heinrich Boell Foundation Greece presents the study "Legally combatting Gender-based Discrimination in Greece" in cooperation with the Select Repsect Network and the Gender Alliance Initiative on 27 of June in Thessaloniki. An experiential seminar is also organised following the presentation on 28 of June. Expressions of interest up to 12/06

Europe after the Elections - New challenges and uncertainties


The European Union is at historic crossroads, since the choices of the next five-year period will be decisive for its future and form. The "Debates on the Future of Europe" analyses this time the results of the European elections and the day after. Wednesday 12.06.2019 at ESHEM-th, Thessaloniki

Ecology & Economy

Heinrich-Böll-Foundation is aiming to support people in realizing their visions and actions towards a sustainable, social and ecological society through the transformation of the economy and the enabling of people to live an independent life through their own work, both now and in the future. This form of sustainable development is possible in Greece too. Through the Green New Deal, which aims at a green industrial revolution, many new jobs can be created in sectors such as sustainable energy production, green means of  mobility and transportation or sustainable waste management. At the regional and local level, citizens are in search of new forms of cooperation and synergies in the form of social economy and social cooperatives. The Heinrich-Böll-Foundation in Greece aims to foster the emerging socio-ecological and participatory spirit which contributes to Greece’s exit from the crisis through publications, films, trainings, open discussions and conferences and by strengthening cooperation between municipalities, organisations and civil society initiatives making the best of its european and international partner network.

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Die Energiewende in den Kommunen


Tausende europäische Kommunen und Regionen nehmen die Energiewende selbst in die Hand. In Griechenland wird sich dieser Trend in den kommenden Jahren voraussichtlich beschleunigen. Im Rahmen der 8. Deutsch-Griechischen Versammlung veranstalten wir am 2. November ein Werkstattgespräch über die Rolle der Kommunen bei der Beschleunigung der dezentralen Energiewende.

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.


The flaws of the European Economic and Monetary Union have led to a severe legitimation crisis in the European Union, resulting in the detachment of more citizens from a Europe that is defined by capitalism, liberal democracy, human rights protection, rule of law and sustainable economic development. The results of the European Elections 2014 have shown that a large part of European voters has turned to policies that advocate the strengthening of the national state and the independence of regions seeking greater cohesion and solidarity. The Heinrich-Böll-Foundation aspires to foster the dialogue in establishing ideas that will promote a new European vision, which will inspire citizens to fight for a united and politically integrated Europe. The Foundation reaches out to the youth of Europe, offering them opportunities to strengthen their networks and encouraging them to claim their future by creating a new European narrative.

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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.

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