In defence of defenders Italian

In difesa dei Difensori

This publication is a practical guide created by the Border Violence Monitoring Network and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Thessaloniki Office, in order to support human rights defenders by showing them mechanisms and avenues for help and self-defence in cases of criminalisation – something that is unfortunately becoming increasingly common in Europe and especially in areas receiving refugees and migrants. After English, Greek and BHS (Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian), it is now also published in Italian by our Paris Office, including a section specifically on the reality in Italy.
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Power to the People

This paper presents key elements of both the legal framework and lessons learnt from the community energy initiative’s actions in Greece, Serbia, Poland and Bulgaria. The report is a summary with the main findings from a relevant workshop organised in the meantime of the Community Energy Spring Gathering that both took place in Athens on 8-10 of May 2023.
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Who guards the guards?

This legal opinion written by the non-profit organization front-LEX elaborates on the accountability of Frontex under EU law for ongoing violations of the fundamental rights of asylum seekers, committed in relation to its activities in Greek waters.
EU statecraft in the age of permacrisis

EU statecraft in the age of permacrisis

The purpose of this working paper is twofold. First, to suggest and examine how the EU can enhance its security and its global role, without diverting its focus to the remilitarization of European politics. Second, to examine how, in the age of permacrisis, deliberative and discursive processes should be at the heart of EU public diplomacy.
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Green Foreign Policy Snapshots

Green foreign policy, lacking an agreed upon definition, is often misquoted and misinterpreted, narrowed down to only protecting the natural environment. In this preliminary study conducted in 2022, we attempted to see beyond scattered political opinion by analysing data. Partial or complete, a green foreign policy doctrine may be an eventuality based on these initial findings.

U odbranu branitelja i braniteljica

Our publication "In defence of defenders", authored by Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN),  is a practical guide that aims to support human rights defenders and provide practical solutions to the increasing targeting of them. After English and Greek, this useful toolkit is now also available in BCS (Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian), covering a large part of the Western Balkans and people active in the region.
10 χρόνια Ίδρυμα Χάινριχ Μπελ

10 years of Heinrich Böll Stiftung in Thessaloniki

In June 2012, the Heinrich Böll Foundation established its office in Thessaloniki and in June 2022 completed 10 years of presence in Greece. Now we present this rich ten-year journey in an anniversary publication, which includes highlights from the hundreds of events and activities that have taken place. Through this bilingual publication, the reader will be able to get a full picture of our actions and interventions, to better understand what a political foundation is, but also to get to know the quests of contemporary political ecology and the effort to come together with the quests of Greek society itself.
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Media representation of refugees and migrants in Turkey

In this study, a unique monitoring framework combining quantitative and qualitative media content analysis methods has been designed and implemented, in order to illustrate the main representation trends in the reporting of migration-related topics by various media organizations in Turkey.
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Access denied: Secrecy and the externalisation of EU migration control

For at least three decades, the EU and its Member States have engaged in a process of “externalisation” – a policy agenda by which the EU seeks to prevent migrants and refugees setting foot on EU territory by externalising (that is, outsourcing) border controls to non-EU states. The EU’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum, published in September 2020, proposed a raft of measures seeking to step up operational cooperation and collaboration in order to further this agenda.
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Political party representation of anti-immigration attitudes: The case of Turkey

Immigration policy has become Turkey’s most heated topic of debate. While the country has accepted a massive influx of refugees in the last decade, the issue has become more salient in the last two years due to the electorate’s increasing anti-immigrant sentiment. No picture regarding immigration would be complete without mentioning the rise of anti-immigrant political parties.
Turkey's Asylum Law and Policies

Turkey’s Asylum Law and Policies

This report provides a comprehensive review of Turkish asylum laws and policies, in particular those concerning temporary protection, international protection, refugee status determination, deportation and detention.
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The social impact of energy communities in Greece

This report presents the impact of energy communities at a time when citizen participation in the energy transition and energy democracy emerge as particularly important issues. The report aims to inspire and inform citizens and institutions so as to deepen their understanding of the special characteristics of energy communities and take initiative in creating and supporting them.
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Actually European!? 2023

The fifth edition of the long-term study Actually European!? Analyzes how German citizens assess their country’s role in the EU and what they expect from their government.
In defence of defenders

In defence of defenders

Migration as well as supporting people in flight is increasingly treated as a criminal act in Europe. This toolkit, created by Border Violence Monitoring Network and Heinrich Böll Stiftung Thessaloniki, seeks to support affected Human Rights Defenders by showing them mechanisms and avenues for help and self-defence in cases of criminalisation at various levels.
Without voice: People on the move

Without voice: People on the move

This study aims to observe the range of different representations of people on the move in the media coverage in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia between 2015 and 2021.
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"Clean" Energy Bills for all citizens in the EU

Well-designed energy bills are a key tool for consumers in the energy transition. The analysis “‘Clean’ Energy Bills for all citizens in the EU; a subject to an examination” aims at registering the content, structure, and format of the electricity bills in EU27, and examine their contribution to consumers’ empowerment to play an active role in the clean energy transition.
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More (about) Borders, less (about) Humans

This study examines the coverage of migration and asylum seeking in eight Greek media outlets (Efsyn, Ta Nea, I Kathimerini, Proto Thema, Eleftheros Typos, Makeleio, i-efimerida and zougla) between September and November 2021 using a quantitative content analysis.
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Feminist perspectives on gender-just and sustainable urban development

Urbanisation is a defining characteristic of life across the globe in the 21st century. Cities, in particular megacities and metropolises, offer many opportunities for different types of people to forge a livelihood and lead a fulfilling social life. The diverse options are taken up in particular by women and people who renounce traditional, binary gender roles and norms and are thus often subject to various kinds of discrimination.
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Beyond the Crisis Mode of the EU-Turkey Refugee Agreement

This policy paper assesses the effects of the EU Turkey Refugee Agreement for Greece, Turkey and the European Union. It provides an overview of the 2015 context and the development of the agreement and analyses its repercussions in the region as well as for the EU as a whole. It concludes that the EU needs a strong alternative to the current agreement with Turkey, which is rights-based and sustainable.
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A Local Turn for European Refugee Politics

In this policy paper “A Local Turn for European Refugee Politics” the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung puts forward proposals for a more active role of the municipalities in refugee and asylum policy.

Pathways out of the Crisis

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The present publication comes to highlight the ecosystem of the Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) through the eyes of the people involved in the projects. It is based on the so far unique nationwide research on SSE initiatives, conducted in 2016 and 2017. Although at first glance this publication may seem out of place in 2021, we believe that it can provide a benchmark for both the present and the future of SSE, a field that is flourishing under diverse and volatile circumstances.
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Anti-Semitism in Greece Today (Second Edition)

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.
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Energy poverty in Greece 2.0

Millions of households in EU countries live in energy poverty. This phenomenon has adverse effects on both their health and their well-being, while also affecting social cohesion and the environment. The current publication is an update of the Heinrich Boell Foundation study published in 2017, it includes the impact of the latest political developments in Greece and the rest of Europe, as well as the results of an opinion poll on Greek citizens' awareness of the issue.
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Building Energy Communities

Law 4513/2018 aspires to combine Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) and the energy sector and introduces a new type of civil cooperative of exclusive purpose, the Energy Community (EC). ECs constitute an important  tool  for achieving fair energy transition in the country.  This guide clarifies the framework in which ECs operate, their role in a fair energy transition while providing both theoretical and practical information for their development.

Legally Combatting Gender-based Discrimination in Greece

This study reflects and evaluates the current institutional framework for combatting gender discrimination in Greece by focusing on the laws voted by the Parlement in recent years concerning the protection of the rights of victims of gender violence, especially women, as well as the basic rights of the LGBTQI+ community where Greece lagged far behind other European countries.

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.

Sustainability and Culture

The international conference "Sustainability and Culture: Sustainable Cultural Management" took place on 19 and 20 April 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece and was organised by the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Greece and the European theatre network Mitos21. The conference was intended to shed light on yet another aspect of a very fertile perception of contemporary reality; sustainability.

Drehscheibe Agadez

Die Hoffnung, in Libyen, Algerien oder Europa bessere Lebensbedingungen zu finden, treibt jede Woche mehrere tausend Menschen nach Agadez, Wüstenstadt im Niger und aktuelles Drehkreuz der westafrikanischen Migration. Agadez lebt davon.

Hotspot Lesbos

Der Hotspot Moria auf der griechischen Insel Lesbos hat eine Aufnahmekapazität für 700 Personen, ist aber tatsächlich mit rund 3.500 Personen belegt. Die hier Angekommenen bleiben in der Regel zwischen 25 Tagen und zwei Monaten.

Die zentrale Mittelmeerroute

Das Mittelmeer ist zum Massengrab geworden: Bis Ende Juli 2016 sind 3000 Menschen ertrunken, im Durchschnitt 14 pro Tag. Die Mehrheit von ihnen starb auf dem Weg von Libyen nach Italien, der weltweit gefährlichsten Fluchtroute.


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