Democracy

Democracy

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.

 

This newsletter informs you regularly about news, events and activities of the Heinrich Boell Foundation Greece.

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Human Rights

At a time of multiple crises and weakening of social cohesion, ideologies of inequality gain attractiveness and diffusion in Greek society. Addressing them requires our mobilization to defend human rights, combat discrimination, respect for diversity and equal social inclusion of vulnerable social groups.

Migration & Inclusion

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.

Education for Democracy

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.

Discrimination & Diversity

Thessaloniki - Facetten einer Stadt

DEUTCH-GRIECHISCHER DIALOG

Im Rahmen der Europäischen Kulturtage „Thessaloniki – Facetten einer Stadt“ des Museums Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin (9.8.-9.9.2018) organisierte die Heinrich Böll Stiftung Griechenland die zwei Veranstaltungen mit großer Bedeutung für den deutsch-griechischen Dialog: Salonica –Erinnerungen an das untergegangene  'Jerusalem des Balkans' und Solidarität in Zeiten der Krise in Thessaloniki.

Deepening Democracy

Getting involved is the only way to stay relevant.
Heinrich Böll (1917-1985)

Open Governance & Participation

Focus: Greek Politics

Mazedonien Konflikt: Wütende Kundgebungen und nationalistische Sackgasse

ARTICLE

Das „mazedonische Problem“ ist Gegenstand und Ergebnis einer aufgeregten öffentlichen Debatte. Die Aufregung rührt auch daher, dass wir einer für beide Seiten akzeptablen Lösung noch nie so nah waren. Aber beiden Seiten fällt es schwer, den eingeschlagenen Weg der Annäherung bis zum Ende zu gehen.

By Kostis Papaioannou

Democracy in Europe

European Pillar of Social Rights and Youth Policy in the EU

CONFERENCE & SEMINAR

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.

Relevant Publications

Racism and discrimination in Greece today

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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.

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.