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“Europe for Everyone: Bridging the Gap.” Fora on politics of migration

May 7, 2014 - “Europe for Everyone: Bridging the Gap.”
Fora on politics of migration.

12. – 13th May, Goethe Institut, Ulica Grada Vukovara, Zagreb

Heinrich Böll Stiftung together with the Green European Foundation launches a series of discussions as part of this year's Zagreb Subversive Forum on the topic of modern migration policy:
The issue of free movement and fundamental human rights is inseparably both on a theoretical and practical level associated with the concepts of power and freedom but also with the introduction of a series of direct or hidden restrictive regimes of movements on the political map of Europe.
In this sense, migrants passively (as a trigger) or active (as actors) are increasingly becoming a social subject that is one of the gravity point of resistance to the new inequalities that usually accompanies the process of narrowing freedom.
A central occasion of those events certainly is the recent rise of xenophobia, Euro- skepticism and anti - immigration policy that is more acute all over Europe and ahead of the upcoming elections to the European Parliament. While in Croatia, on the periphery of the European Union, the trend has no such destructive effects, or perhaps precisely because of that, we intend to promptly initiate quality of the debate between researchers, artists, activists, scientists and all others on various aspects of immigration policy and the ways in which it can be used for a later development of an open and free society. Faced with the outcomes of the recent neoconservative revolution we believe that it's time that different social groups seriously tackle the issue of Croatian immigration policy and all its contradictions and place the imperatives of human rights and social equality in the forefront.

* The working language of the forum is English and entry is free

See program here



Climate change doesn’t happen to others

 Last week Heinrich Böll Stiftung in cooperation with Friends of the Earth Croatia and Group 22 organized a public debate in occasion of the latest climate report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC landmark report, produced by 1,250 international experts and approved by 194 governments, explains how a global dependence on fossil fuels must end in order to avoid devastating impacts of climate change.

„Changes do not happen to some other people, but to us all. Naive or even reckless is one who thinks that the changes, in which large parts of humanity will be deprived of some basic resources, can bypass without major political earthquakes“ Croatian President dr. Ivo Josipović stated in his opening speech.

„Croatia is a small country, and does not have a decisive influence on the global climate change policy, but in spite of that, can be held accountable and can try to make a change.“ the Croatian President concluded.

The opening speeches for the event were also given by Luka Tomac, head of the climate program for FOE Croatia and Mr. Ivan Čačić, head of the Croatian Meterological and Hydrological Service. IPCC report was presented by Prof. dr. Mirko Orlić (Faculty of Geophysics, University of Zagreb, one of the reviewers of the last IPCC WG1 report) and Prof. dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj (Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, one of the editors of the last IPCC WG2 report). The presentation panel also included Dr. Igor Matutinović (GFK - Centre for Market Research) and Dr. Mladen Domazet (Institute for Social Research and Group 22).

The discussion was publicly supported by a dozen national scientific and governmental institutions, marking a major shift in public understanding of climate change and opening new options for new coalitions.

All participants concluded that the final part of the IPCC report shows that climate change is „unequivocally” caused by humans and that, if unchecked, it poses a grave threat to people and could lead to wars and mass migration.



Meat Atlas: Facts and figures about the animals we eat

January 10, 2014 -   Read how over consumption and intensive meat production wrecks the planet and our health. Our new publication, Meat Atlas 2014, describes and illustrates these relationships.

Read publication here

Dossier Commons


Food Sovereignty in Croatia / Western Balkans

December 9, 2013 -  In any case, the biggest problem decision makers have to face is probably an inefficient and unjust subsidy system. Until subsidies are redirected towards the bigger support for those who produce and live on the land, thus ensuring the long term sustainability and the quality of system, we will not be able to identify the real system change and the sustainable approach to food production. There is anecdotic example for this that showed up publicly in the spring of 2013, during the resistance prompted by the new EU regulation on the seed. The first act proposal from European Commission was oriented distinctively against small farmers, local production and biodiversity. The fertile public debate raised here in Croatia, revealed the true carelessness for the long term food production management. As plain as a day was now the fact that Croatian state was not actually inhibited by this directive, since certification processes were applied here for no more than a couple of vegetable crops, while all other seeds, except the grains partly, is imported.

Read full article here

Dražen Šimleša


Towards understanding a common that would be urban

- November 26, 2013 -  In today's circumstance it means that we have to politically organize in order to change the lay of the land and not consider a common as a question devoid of the conditions of labor – capital relation by simply organizing on a community level without connecting the common produced, (weather it is housing, food or shoes) to the question of the height of the wage. That means that when we talk about urban autonomous collectives, without connection with other processes in the city we can not justifiably apply a logic of common into it. Such a tactic is just turning in circles and playing an endless game of lowering real wage by supplementing our living and in turn creating maybe less of a solidarity on a larger scale. In the end, understanding a city as a totality of many of its geographical and social interrelated entities, which can not be separated into enclaves fending for themselves in the name of a common, is a prerequisite for establishing a viable system that would be able to structurally undermine the overall logic of producing space solely within the rules of the market.

Read full article here

Iva Marcetić

Dossier Commons

Reconsidering Economics, Struggles and Autonomy in the Digital Commons

- November 25, 2013 - There's significance and significant limitations to decommodified spheres of production in a capitalist system. Given the amenability of commons-based peer production to capitalist valorisation process, the fact that they can easily be integrated as positive externalities, complements or free inputs into the commodified production process, their anti-systemic, disruptive and transformative potential remains limited. However, in a capitalist society they still achieve a level of independence from money and effectively constitute an autonomous sphere of collective production. In order for these forms of co-operative production to survive, we need to find a way to embed and grow them in a broader system of cooperative production and as a complement to public services instead of surrendering them to free-riding markets. Read full article here Tomislav Medak



 Preliminary Reflections and Invitation for Submissions The HBS Green Academy that was held on the island of Vis from August 28 to September 2, 2012 proposed the Commons as a new interpretative paradigm for the pursuit of future-oriented politics grounded in concerns for democracy, social justice and sustainable development. In the nexus of environmental concerns, crisis of democracy, growing inequalities and dramatic economic challenges, our aim was to explore the Commons as a terrain for developing a shared platform for green left movements in the Western Balkans and Europe.

The programme which took place in August/September 2012 on the island of Vis directly engaged scholars and practitioners from all over Europe in exploring the emancipatory potential of moving beyond the dichotomy of states and markets in deciding how cities should be governed, how factories should be organized, how the education system should be run or ways in which the Internet should be regulated. Throughout the week, lively and engaged discussions took place both during panels and lectures, and in intensive and focused working groups that took place around the island of Vis.  more here


From Homework to Housework

The New Sovereignty

August 23, 2013 - In the pre-accession period, elites in Croatia were supposed to function as a good pupil doing her homework, sent by someone from abroad. On Monday, 1st July 2013, Croatia's sovereignty underwent a dramatic change. With full membership in the Union, Croatian sovereignty is much greater, and Croatia is in a substantially more favourable position than it was during the negotiations. However, having learned partly from its own bad experiences, the Union has and creates its own mechanisms of quality control, which means oversight over implementation of what has been agreed, so in case of poor results, sanctions will ensue.

Read entire article here

Tihomir Ponoš

From homework to Housework

Migration, citizenship and the changed roles of the foreigner with the Croatian accession to EU

- August 6, 2013 - It seems that Croatia is entering this new stage of migration developments without a well-developed migration strategy adopted in accordance with the Croatian economic, political and demographic goals in the short and long term. The Croatian migration policies go in line with the provisions contained in the regulations of most of the EU countries, contributing to the creation of the space of the so called fortress of Europe. Croatian restrictive citizenship legislation towards regular aliens combined with a very low number of working permits issued per year contributes neatly to these policies that maintain a closed access to European labor market.

Read entire article here

Viktor Koska

From Homework to Housework

Exporting the Culture of Pluralism, Non-Discrimination and Tolerance: Long Way of the European Values to the External Borders of the Europe Union

- July 15, 2013 - The European Union enlargement process is often acknowledged as the European Union’s most influential democracy promotion mechanism. Indeed, transition processes in Croatia has had a significant dimension of external involvement that influenced its political and societal transformation, less during the warring years and more in the period following the Homeland War and particularly after 2000. This chapter explores the outcomes of the enlargement process conceptualized as a means of external political socialisation and assesses if the transfer of values promoted by the EU has resulted in their incorporation in the wider society. The chapter concludes that the values of equality and of respect for the rights of persons belonging to minorities, being those the EU has been founded on, have not been (and cannot be) effectively transposed in the short time-span of the Croatian accession process. This, however, implies that the efforts towards socio-cultural change and the enforcement of the politics of reconciliation need to be pursued beyond the enlargement.

Read entire article here

Antonija Petričušić

From Homework to Housework

Our own private IDAHO ... — with its Prides and curses at the margin

- July 9, 2013 - Will Croatia in the wake of its EU accession experience the strong backlash in LGBT rights that Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania have seen in recent years, or a smoother slowdown the way it happened in Slovenia during the tenure of a leftist government that promised much but delivered little for LGBT persons? The policy and media focus of NGOs there drowned in a torrent of populist right-wing leaders and their followers, who established and imposed themselves from the streets onto the political scene and finally into the media

Read entire article here

Željko Blaće

From Homework to Housework

Implications of the EU membership on the effectiveness of Croatian legal system

- July 5, 2013 - Will becoming a part of the EU legal order increase democratic legitimacy of legal provisions affecting everyday lives and personal interests? Paradoxically, precisely because the EU is still an entity strongly controlled by national governments, including the Croatian one, regulatory migration that took place on July 1st will make decision-making more distant from Croatian citizens. Croatian government will merely join a well-established game which allows national governments to strike political deals outside conventional democratic control that was designed for national, not supranational, political arena.

Read entire article here

Goran Selanec

From Homework to Housework

Hard work and soft rights: Croatian workers in the European Union

- June 30, 2013 - Through opening up borders and markets by insisting on clear rules and individual rights, EU membership arguably moves Croatia towards a more liberal society and economy. It will also facilitate a decline of collective identities, solidarities and bargaining regimes. Under such conditions a further segmentation of the labour market can be expected, as well as widening of the disparities between those who reap the rewards of the expanded opportunities and those who lag behind. Economic and social policies should provide responses that will mitigate the negative effects, but such mitigation also requires much more social dialogue and bottom-up activism than it has been customary in Croatia.

Read entire article here Domagoj Račić

From Homework to Housework

What does EU membership mean for the environment in Croatia?

- June 30, 2013 - The EU legislation and its implementation had and will continue to have positive influence on nature and environmental protection. The picture gets more complex when we include a cross–sectorial policy analysis. For instance, common and free market policies can be in contradiction with environmental protection, as in case of GMOs.

Read entire article here Jagoda Munić

From Homework to Housework

Culture between independent creativity and economism

- June 30, 2013 - The cultural sector will gain opportunities to further develop its potentials in Croatia in the next period, especially in close cooperation with other sectors such as tourism. At the same time, intrinsic values of culture and its role in constructing the public sphere should not be neglected. Culture and arts should not play auxiliary roles to other political and economic agendas, but be a crucial factor in development of society.

Read entire article here Katarina Pavić

From Homework to Housework

Social Policy and Croatia’s EU Membership: Glass half full or half empty?

- June 23, 2013 - One of the key problems is the lack of informed political debate about social policy.  Hence, real choices about social policy priorities, discussions about social rights as human rights, and learning from outside the EU, tend to be dismissed. Social policy remains marginal within the Croatian government, with more focus on supposed benefit fraud than on those not reached by current provision, service users still have no voice, and reforms are painfully slow and tend to be steered by the World Bank within an economistic frame. Unless there is a revitalization of ‘social Europe’ in the next few years, it is hard to see this changing in Croatia.

Read entire article here Paul Stubbs and Siniša Zrinščak

Dossier From homework to housework

Croatia and the European Union: It's Complicated

- June 14, 2013 - Given the macroeconomic constraints, structural reforms remain the only viable option for required adaptation to the internal market. Structural reforms in this context effectively relate to competitiveness.  Macroeconomic management at the country level is crucial, and primarily influenced by the fact that there is a lack of vision and conception of development.

Read entire article here Denis Redžepagić and Vladimir Cvijanović

Dossier From Homework to Housework

Gender equality and non-discrimination principle in the context of the Croatian accession to the EU

- June 12, 2013 - From the EU perspective, national courts act as EU courts when a case is to be decided that touches upon an area in which EU law is relevant. However, this theoretical legal construction does not take into account the practical problems that national judges may face when applying EU law, such as a combination of a different legal traditions, time constraints and a lack of routine.

The non-discrimination principle is the core principle of the internal market of the European Union. Moreover, it is considered as the highest value in all human rights international agreements. It is also considered as the highest value in the Croatian Constitution. How come, then, that such principle is being neglected in all important areas of freedom, security and justice despite the existence of advanced anti-discrimination legal framework? This essay is an attempt to provide some thoughts and answers to this question.

Read entire article here

Snježana Vasiljević

DOSSIER: From Homework to Housework

EU integration and education in Croatia: a case of “more of the same”?

- May 29, 2013 - Although education is formally the competence of Croatia, there has been a soft EU level steering process in Croatian education policy, reinforced by local education policy elites committed to “European standards”. What we can expect from Croatia’s EU integration in terms of education is more of the same, with both its good and bad sides.

Read article here

Karin Doolan


Green European Journal

Challenges and opportunities in post-accession period

July 6, 2013 - In occassion of Croatia's accession to the EU, Brussels based Green European Journal has published mini-seria of articles underlining some challenges and opportunities in post-accession period for both Croatian state and society, and particularly for green political movement.

Articles are authored by Mirela Holy, Paul Stubbs, Igor Matutinović, Ladislav Tomičić and Vedran Horvat.

See more at www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu



From homework to housework, dossier on Croatia's forthcoming entry into the EU, soon on our website

May 9, 2013 - The Heinrich Böll Foundation hopes that this collection of articles about the foreseeable changes in around ten significant areas of social life will provide a space for discussion around these issues. In keeping with the expanded level on which these new relations will play out, the contributions are intended not only for the Croatian public, but for all others in the EU who are interested in what the new member state brings with it. more»

Green Politics

The Commons as a Radical Democratic Project

- November 30, 2012 - Herein please find Danijela Dolenec's (Group 22) presentation at  the conference recently held under the title ''Economy of crisis capitalism and ecology of the commons''. Danijela coordinates activities of Group 22, a new emerging green-left think tank that is commencing its activities in Croatia.

Pdf here

Danijela Dolenec

Round table

Accession to the EU – time for change ?

- October 26, 2012 -  Green European Foundation and the Croatian Heinrich Böll Stiftung office are organizing the round table "Accession to the EU – time for change ?" taking place on Friday, November 26, in Novinarski dom, Zagreb.

Round table program here

Green Academy

Greeen Academy is under way

- August 26, 2012 - The full program of "Green Academy" and the agenda for specific working groups are available here.

You will be informed about the locations of working groups once you register at info-desk in Hotel Issa on Tuesday, 28th of August from 4,00 -7,30 PM. Those participants who arrive later in the course of the following days will be also informed about the locations at the info-desk where they will receive working materials.
Once you arrive to the island of Vis we ask you to first of all register in Hotel Issa (7 minutes walking distance from the port) where some of you will be accommodated. Part of the participants will be also accomodated in Hotel Tamaris and private apartments and informed about the details upon registration.

Green Academy begins on Tuesday, 28. August at 8:00 PM in the premises of ''Hrvatski dom'' with a key note lecture of Tine de Moor (Utrecth University) and introductory speeches.

Booklet with additional information about the program can be found here.

Public Media working group program
Digital Commons working group program
Education working group program
Water working group program
Urban working group program



Green Academy

Applicants selection

- August 9, 2012 - The list of applicants selected for this years Green Academy can be seen here

The outlines of the programme can be seen here



Spotlight on Croatia

July 15, 2012 - The following articles have been published in the web-dossier ''Spotlight on Croatia'' in cooperation with HBS Brussels office

Prides and Prejudices - Confessions of an LGBTIQ Activist, by Mima Simić

In 1976, the year I was born, homosexuality in Yugoslavia was a crime punishable with up to one year imprisonment. Incidentally, this law referred only to “unnatural fornication between males”, whereas sex between women was not mentioned; either because it wasn’t recognised as a possibility or because male-free practices of any kind (social or sexual) are often not taken too seriously. Whatever the reason, lesbianism stayed out of sight and out of mind...click here for the full article

Local Voices Expressing Global Concerns: Academic Resistance in the Croatian Science and Higher Education Area by Karin Doolan

Public demonstrations in protest of neoliberalism and its effects on higher education have become a global phenomenon. The latest example is the student protest in Quebec which is both a revolt against tuition fee increases and the broader political and economic setting which encourages such a policy...click here for the full article


Focus on Hungary

June 18, 2012 - The Heinrich Böll Foundation has compiled a dossier containing articles and interviews on the situation in Hungary since the right wing government came to power in April 2010. The driving goal behind the project is to analyze and interpret the changes in the domain of public life at 'half-time', two years before the next parliamentary elections.

Read dossier

Subversive Festival 2012

World and European Commoners gather in Zagreb

May 4, 2012 -

Heinrich Boll Stiftung in cooperatin with the Subversive Film Festival brings world renowned theoretics and practitioners in the field of common goods protection to participate in discussions in ZKM on  the 16th of May.
This includes: Michael Hardt, Saki Bailey, Brigitte Kratzwald, Segolene Pruvot, Vinod Raina, Alan Toner and Mayo Fuster Morell.


- May 6, 2012 - Michael Hardt, born in Washington DC in 1960, is a political philosopher and literary theorist currently based at Duke University, North Carolina 
Michael Hardt's recent writings focus primarily on deciphering various aspects of globalization through the style of writing he defines as eclecticism. His recent writings deal primarily with the political, legal, economic, and social aspects of globalization. In his books with Antonio Negri he has analyzed the functioning of the current global power structure as well as the possible political and economic alternatives to that structure based on new institutions of shared, common wealth.


- May 6, 2012 - Geert De Pauw is the director of the Bonnevie community centre. Bonnevie works with residents of Molenbeek (Brussels), a poor neighbourhood, rich in cultures. The aim of the organisation is to improve the living and housing conditions of the inhabitants.


May 6, 2012 - Mayo Fuster Morell works as a postdoc fellow at the Berkman center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.developed. She does research in the field of the Internet and politics; social movements (Global Justice Movement, Free Culture Movement and recent mobilization wave of "indignated" in Spain); online communities; common-base peer production; and public policies and specializes in online methods and action-participation research.


- May 6, 2012 - Costas Douzinas is a Professor of Law at Birkbeck, University of London, London.  He is well known for his work in Human Rights, Aesthetics, Postmodern Legal Theory and Political Philosophy.  He is also a founding member of the Critical Legal Conference, and managing editor of Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought and the Birkbeck Law Press


- May 6, 2012 - Vinod Raina is an Indian educationist and a member of drafting of the Right to Education Bill. He resigned from his job at Delhi University to work on education reforms in India. A theoretical physicist, resigned his job from Delhi University in 1982 to work full time at grass roots in the areas of education and rural development.


- May 6, 2012 - Saki Bailey is an IUC Faculty Member and Lecturer in Human Rights & International & Foreign Legal Research and also the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Political Economy & Law in Torino. Her work experience includes property, immigration and environmental law in the private sector and immigration law and development work in the government and nonprofit sector.


- May 6, 2012 - Brigitte Kratzwald is Social scientist and political activist living in Graz, Austria, whose research topics are welfare state and public services, democracy, european union policies and social movements. Her current theoretical work is focussed on alternatives to the capitalist system of reproduction, especially solidarity economy and commons.


- May 6, 2012 - Alan Toner is an intellectual property and communications researcher, lost between New York, Florence, Berlin and Dublin. His current field of interest is the newly created European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy, and its first major project: the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED 2), which will propose new criminal sanctions for IP offenses. He is also interested in ACTA and supports the work of the people from Knowledge Ecology International, La Quadrature du Net, the FFII and Michael Geist.


- May 6, 2012 - Segolene Pruvot manages the activities of European Alternatives in France and coordinates Transeuropa Festival. She is interested in issues such as democracy in Europe, feminism and equality and urbanism. Ségolène actively participates to transnational activities and campaigns of European Alternatives and develops activities of the organisation in Paris, such as regular salons discussions and the TRANSEUROPA Festival.



Agenda n°6

December 21, 2011 - The new issue of our magazine Agenda is out

Green Academy 2020


Green Academy 2020

July 29, 2011 -
Hereby we announce the program of The Green Academy 2020 “CRISIS OF POLITICAL IMAGINATION AND TRANSFORMATIVE POTENTIAL OF GREEN POLITICS”. The academy will be hosted on the island of Vis from the 21st till the 26th of August 2011 by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Green European Foundation with the support of a number of local partners. During five days the programme will host more than 150 people including twenty foreign lecturers and thirty participants hailing from the South-eastern Europe region.

To look through the program click here.

The program will take place in the Hotel Issa in Vis (a twenty minute walk from the port). The organizers will notify all participants about information regarding their accommodation.
Below we introduce some of the confirmed speakers in the program of Green Academy 2020 which will take place on the island Vis from 21 to 26 August 2011.


Rolf Holub

- July 29, 2011 - We introduce Rolf Holub, Green Party representative in the Carinthian parliament whose party first drafted the document (already in 2007.) on mismanagement and criminal misdealings in the Hypo bank. more»


Paul Hockenos

- July 29, 2011 - We introduce Paul Hockenos, journalist, writer and consultant renowned for covering the collapse of communism.  more»

Green Academy 2020


- July 29, 2011 - Introducing David Bollier, an activist and theoretician who explores the commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture. more»


Agenda n°6

December 21, 2011 - The new issue of our magazine Agenda is out


One Step Forward and Two Sideward Regional Analyses of Climate Policy in 2010 and the Cancun Climate Conference (COP 16)

- January 28, 2011 -  Hereby we provide common HBF climate analysis of COP 16 in Cancun. For more click here

The Balkans: Energy Independence or Energy Interdependence?

- November 19, 2010 - In a globalised world, energy independence can not be achieved. Successful energy policies require inter-sectoral co-operation, supervision, and long-term public policies concerning employment, the environment, and investment. Ana-Maria Boromisa more»

Tipping point

From a group of spiders to a pack of starfish

- September 24, 2010 -

Instead of relying on huge capital investments, the Croatian government might focus on increasing the proximity of energy sources to its end users. A greater use of decentralized energy sources, such as efficiency technologies and renewable energy would have various positive effects.

Mak Dukan more»


"Business as unusual -Roadmap to green economy", an international conference

- September 14, 2010 - Heinrich Böll Stiftung Croatia is organizing "Business as unusual -Roadmap to green economy", an international conference which will take place from September 24, to September 26

More info here
See the agenda

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EU & Security Policy


Lunch Debate: Croatia at the doorstep of the European Union: a worrying lack of enthusiasm?

May 11, 2010 - Lunch Debate 14 April 2010

"Croatia at the doorstep of the European Union: a worrying lack of enthusiasm?"
Speakers: Dejan Jovic, University of Stirling (UK) and Zagreb, chief political analyst for the president of Croatia; Josip Kregar, professor Faculty of Law, University Zagreb and vice-president of the Zagreb City Assembly; Dirk Lange, European Commission, DG Enlargement, Directorate B, Unit Croatia, Head of Unit
Moderator: Vedran Horvat, Head of Office in Croatia, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Zagreb
You can download reports by Josip Kregar and Dejan Jović here



May 5, 2010 - Expert round table: Climate change and new migration flows: climate migration impacts on EU migration and asylum policy

Around 20 experts and activists from climate policy field and immigration and asylum policy took part in the HBS expert talk on climate migration which was held on 23rd of April 2010 in Zagreb in premises of Goethe Institute Croatia. Lack of coherence and coordination between these two policy settings and lack of recognition of climate migrants as the new category in the international legal framework were, in adittion to discussion on security and solidarity, two most important departure points of the discussion.


Tipping Point

Just Blame it on Bologna

March 29, 2010 -

While Bologna reforms might not have been the cause of underfunding in higher education or of the disregard for wider social implications of massification in higher education, it has done very little in alleviating these problems. A brief look at the process has shown it to be driven primarily by the concerns which revolve around competitiveness on the global market, which is why most progress is reported in the area of structural and administrative reform. The real substantive reforms, which should lead to improved quality and academic mobility, have not been tackled in many countries

Danijela Dolenec more»

Icesave but you pay: the (im)potence of people power

- March 15, 2010 - 'At this point readers familiar with Croatia’s accession journey to the EU will remember that a recent bilateral territorial dispute with Slovenia blocked its negotiation process with the EU. Another country that is using the EU card in bilateral disputes is Greece, which is blocking the accession of FYR Macedonia. While in academic literature the EU is usually portrayed as Janus-faced, with an intergovernmental and a supra-governmental side, when it comes to crucial interests of member states, it repeatedly fails the test of unity.' Danijela Dolenec more»

Dossier presidential elections 2009/2010

Elections for the third Croatian president are the primary motive, but also an occasion for the Heinrich Boll Stiftung, a green political foundation, to induce a political discussion about the development of political culture in the country by portraying the elections on the new Croatian office website.

During the next few weeks our web pages will offer you the chance to read reviews, analysis and commentaries of authors that will mainly focus on social and economic conditions which surround these elections.



European future after black-red past?

- January 14, 2010 -

Still, it remains to be seen how two big political parties – HDZ and SDP – now significantly affected by the outcome of the presidential elections - will resolve their internal disputes and what will change within the electorate. Even more, it remains to see how new directly elected president will emancipate himself from his party background. 

Constitutional reforms announced for spring, continuation of the accession negotiations with the EU and decisive fight against the corruption now remain among first priorities. Country is now facing momentum where a whole society needs to be much more involved in pursuing reforms, not only State alone. In this context, integrative function of the new president can have a crucial role, outreaching broader support for the advocated change.

Vedran Horvat more»


Presidential elections as a turning point - Croatia (once again) between Europe and the Balkans?

- January 3, 2010 - However, despite the significantly low voter turnout in the first round (44%), the voters have, in addition to the general lack of confidence in the parties, perhaps estimated the relative insignificance of these elections with regards to the representative function of the future president. The results speak not only of the crisis of representative quality in society (as well as democratic deficit), but also of deep cracks in the parties themselves, which are far greater than mere fraction differences.


Vedran Horvat more»


Who is going to get whom?

- December 14, 2009 - Some hundred years ago, Vladimir Illyich Lenin, precisely, as well as cynically, formulated the basic problem of politics with the famous question "Who - whom?". Žarko Puhovski more»
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“Europe for Everyone: Bridging the Gap.” Fora on politics of migration. 12. – 13th May, Goethe Institut, Ulica Grada Vukovara, Zagreb

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Subversive Forum and Film Festival

International Conference
May 13-19, Kino Europa

keynote speakers include Stéphane Hessel, Slavoj Žižek, Michael Hardt, Tariq Ali, Gayatri Spivak, Samir Amin,Saskia Sassen, Renata Salecl, Christian Marazzi, Bernard Cassen, Ignatio Ramonet, Eric Toussaint, Costas Douzinas, Boris Buden, Andrej Nikolaidis, etc

-with more than 100 participants from Greece, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Serbia, BiH, Macedonia, Albania, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Austria, Italy, UK, India, Senegal, Hungary

"The crisis of Europe", May 14-15 ZKM Theatre, 10-18h
"The Struggle for the Commons", May 16 ZKM Theatre, 10-18h
"The Balkan Forum", May 17-18, ZKM Theatre, 10-18h

Subversive book fair, May 13-19
5th Subversive Film Festival: "Europa Incognita", May 5-12, more at www.subversivefilmfestival.com

Internship inquiries containing CV and motivation letter should be sent to hbs-hr@zamir.net.
We prefer internship periods not shorter than 3 months.
Requests will be taken into consideration when there is a need for an internship, a few times per year.
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