Central and Eastern Europe
The activities of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (RLF) in these regions focus mainly on hosting research and educational events as well as collaborative work with civil society organisations, resulting in co-operations with many local project partners.
The themes and emphasis in the three regions is as diverse as the way activities in them began. Certainly, the work in Poland, the Czech Republic and the Baltic States was mostly affected by the entry of these countries into the European Union on May 1, 2004. Developing work in Southeast Europe focuses mainly on ethnic tensions in the former civil war regions. Whereas in Eastern Europe focus is placed on questions of transformation, of the development of civil societies, of security policies and of contemporary historical German-Russian relations.
Presently, the RLF maintains three RLF offices in these project regions: one in Warsaw, one in Moscow and one in Belgrade. These offices, together with foreign affairs staff in Berlin, coordinate the activities in these regions.
Eastern Europe – Summary of co-operational work
Core work in this region entails the coordination of various research and educational events as well as joint projects with civil society organizations. To achieve this the RLF cooperates with numerous local project partners. The regional office in Moscow, which was founded in May 2003, coordinates events and projects in the Russian Federation, North Caucasus and Central Asia. Activities in the Ukraine and Belarus are managed from the foundation’s main office in Berlin.
Collaborative work with research institutes in Moscow, Kiev and Minsk focuses on the following points of interest:
• Conflict prevention and management as well as supporting communication between civil society actors.
• Questions of security and co-operation in post-soviet territories.
• The impact of the eastward expansion of the EU and NATO.
• Questions of contemporary history and the Russian-German relationship.
• Social problems in developing countries.
• Communal self-government.
Joint work with non-governmental organizations is being established step-by-step and focuses on youth and gender issues.
The RLF actively participates in the “Petersburg Dialogue” between Germany and Russia.
Middle Europe – Summary of co-operational work
In the narrow sense of the term, “Mideast Europe” refers to the area consisting of Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. However, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation is also active in Northern European Post-Soviet countries that belong to the Baltic States and these are also considered in this section. The common denominator of all these countries is their joining the European Union in May 2004. This resulted in drastic changes for the citizens of these countries. Considering the continuing European integration through political training measures the RLF hopes to assist in the acclimation process of these countries within the European Union from a democratic-socialistic stance.
We would like to see:
• civil society actors, socialistic and democratic powers become more integrated in the political arena and in the decision-making process regarding European reform and integration;
• through information, education, advisory services and experience exchange social actors of the region become better qualified to actively help form the European integration process’s social, democratic and ecological orientation;
• co-determination of economic trade being supported and social justice as well as equal economic opportunity on a national and European level becoming more important;
• social actors being aware of deficits and problems in the transformation process of society and politics, becoming active in the formation of a democratic, socialistic, ecologically aware, transparent and efficient European Union and campaigning for improvements;
• the establishment of networks for democratic-socialistic powers in order to help strengthen the democratic and socialistic participation;
• an improvement in regional and European dialogue as well as in the co-operation of neighbours.
The foundation supports partners that are involved in the European debate in regards to the future of the social state and the future of the workers society and those that fight for a peaceful Europe and world.
The projects and events in this region concentrate on the following points of interest:
• European vision and social justice
• Economical and societal transformation
• Participation in democratic processes, especially that of women in political decision-making processes
• Globalisation and regional development
• Possibilities of growth for left democratic parties
• Dialogue and cooperation
Southeast Europe – Summary of co-operational work
Project oriented work in Southeast Europe began in 2002 when the foundation started sponsoring two projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the beginning of 2009 cooperation commenced with partner projects in Serbia and Bulgaria as well. Expansion of support to more projects and countries is planned, a regional office in Belgrade has been set up in 2010.
The local work in this region aims to contribute to a peaceful development based on increasing the democratic participation of a multiethnic society and to sustainable growth.
Therefore, support is granted to projects, that
• work towards creating peaceful coexistence of different ethnic and religious groups.
• support equal rights for women and their work and contribution to private and public sectors.
• work at integrating minorities.
• support the integration of the countries with the European Union.
• advocate democratic understanding to youth.
• are committed to protecting the environment and to ecological sustainable development.
Europe Office in Brussels
Assessment of the EU’s nature and its future development vastly diverge within the European left. Alongside observed risks such as the neo-liberal economic trend or increased militarization of the EU, the potential the EU unification process has to offer the society and each individual is also acknowledged. The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation supports dialogue surrounding these various aspects. The centre for the foundation’s European work is the RLF office in Brussels, founded in 2008.
The office in Brussels works concentrates on the following issues:
• The situation and development of the left in Europe (and in various regions of the world)
• Analysis and strategies to world crises in various parts of the world
• The European Union and its relations to the world
• Strategies for peace, structuring security and civil conflict resolution
• Protection of democracy and resistance to authoritarian and right-wing extremist tendencies
• Strategies for developing alternative European policy