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International Politics

After the euphoria of 2011, terrorism threats and the urge to seal Europe's southern border against migration and refugees has put security and stability back to the top of the foreign policy agenda. Yet the stability that comes with repression and «hard» security remains elusive. Support for democracy should move away from top-down approaches geared to achieve formal compliance with legal and governance benchmarks, and instead focus on increasing the autonomy and plurality of social actors. Democracy promotion should be a rationale for cooperation that is oriented towards societies, not rhetoric directed at governments.

Democracy & Transition

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A disconcerting trend has been perceptible for quite some time. Governments across all continents – irrespective of their political orientation – are taking drastic action against civil society actors: against non-governmental organizations, social and ecological activists, women’s rights activists and human rights advocates. The space for actors who are critical of government policies, who call for democracy and human rights, who take an active stand against large-scale projects, and who protest against social injustice, land grabbing and environmental degradation is shrinking.

Ecology and Resource Politics

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The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) in partnership with Heinrich Böll Stiftung (North Africa Office) launches “80 Gigawatts of Change, Egypt’s Future Electricity Pathways”, the first report of its kind to be modeled and analyzed by civil society. ‘80 GWs’ models how Egypt’s electricity sector could look in 20 years’ time if technical, social and environmental constraints and community impacts are taken into account.

This dossier is a collection of articles on the meta-energy issues in Egypt. It captures the social, environmental, economic, and fiscal aspects of the Energy sector. It is part of the Alternative Energy Scenario project under Heinrich Boll Stiftung and the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights which aims to create an equitable energy scenario for Egypt 2035. It is a non-governmental, civil society driven initiative to not only create a vision for Egypt’s energy future, but also anchor it to today’s reality.

International Politics

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Ten experts from eight different countries share their views and perceptions of the assaults committed on New Year’s Eve in Cologne. A contribution to the ongoing debate on sexualised violence and harassment in Germany.

Tunisian Elections 2014

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In 2014, the year of the first elections based on the new constitution, the Heinrich Böll Foundation is committed to supporting the electoral process in partnership with Mourakiboun. Guided by the principles of impartiality and transparency, 81 Long Term Observers (LTOs) cover 27 Tunisian electoral cironscriptions in order to monitor and evaluate activities by the electoral commission (ISIE) and political actors such as political parties.
This article describes HBS partner Mourakiboun, explains the project of long-term election observation and gives insides into the Tunisian electoral process 2014.

Dossier: Presidential Elections in Egypt 2014

An Interview with Nazra for Feminist Studies, an Egyptian group working to build a feminist movement in Egypt. The group has documented hundreds of cases of gender-based violence, takes the testimonies of survivors and offers psychological, medical and legal support. Nazra also works with female politicians and political parties to boost the representation of women in formal politics.

On the first, still jubilant, day of the 2014 presidential elections a group of women had gathered outside a polling station in the leafy, affluent district of Heliopolis.

They sang and danced to Boshret Kheyr (good news), the song that has become the theme tune of this ballot and which is a spirited pop song that name drops Egypt's governorates and encourages their residents to go to the polls. Next to the women a man sold badges bearing the image of presidential candidate and former field marshal, the middle aged heart throb Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

I bought a badge, for my Egyptian political tumult memorabilia collection. The vendor asked me if I wanted another one, at a special discount. I declined, because one Sisi is more than enough.

A woman voter coming out of the polling station had a similar sort of view. A journalist colleague asked her who she had voted for. She looked at me in genuine bafflement, as if to say, who is this idiot?

"I voted for Sisi, of course. Who else is there?" she said.

The continuous political turmoil Egypt has seen since January 2011 and the resulting decline in the annual growth rate to a level near recession have turned many of the chronic structural defects of the country’s economy into urgent and pressing crises. Egypt is currently dependent on foreign aid and loans, primarily from the Arab Gulf countries, to cover basic expenditures. This arrangement addresses the short-term only while failing totally in tacking the longer-term question of economic recovery.

Egypt first declared May 1 an official holiday 50 years ago.

That same year, on May 1, 1964, three workers were born — Ahmed Mahmoud from the Public Transportation Authority, Ali Aref from the Steam Boilers and Hesham Abu Zaid from the Tanta Flax factory.

Production at both the Steam Boilers and the Tanta Flax factory is currently stalled. They are among eight companies that courts restored from the corruption of privatization after the January 25 revolution. But the successive governments following the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime did not implement the court ruling, and so the workers sit idle.

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About Heinrich Böll

Heinrich BöllPhoto: Toni Richter. More about Heinrich Böll on the Berlin website

Heinrich Böll is one of the most important and best-known writers of the Federal Republic of Germany. "Bound by the times and my contemporaries, to what my generation has lived through, experienced, seen, and heard," as he himself wrote, he was the critical chronicler of Germany’s history at mid-century.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for his novels and short stories in 1972.

The courage to stand up for one's beliefs; encouragement to meddle in public affairs; and unconditional activism in support of dignity and human rights were characteristics of the writer Heinrich Böll. The Foundation is committed to that tradition.

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