About us

Bureau de Helling is a Dutch research foundation affiliated to the green political party GroenLinks. The name 'de Helling' (the slope) refers to the Dutch expression 'op de helling zetten' which means 'to challenge', 'to review' or 'to call into question'. This is exactly what we aim to do with the intellectual legacy and the ideas of GroenLinks and the green progressive movement in general, to take these ideas further and strengthen their ideological basis.

Bureau de Helling plays an important role in the continuous development of the party platform of the Dutch Green Party (GroenLinks). In addition, Bureau de Helling aims to influence the public debate on green and progressive issues. We act as a broker between the academic and intellectual world and GroenLinks, mobilising ideas and talent for the party. As an independent think tank we contribute to debates inside as well as outside of the party, contributing to the societal embedding of the green political and ideological programme 

Generally, the publications and activities of Bureau de Helling are in Dutch. Occasionally we present books, lectures or articles in English. A recent example is the volume 'Populism in Europe', edited by Erica Meijers and published by Planet Verlag/European Green Foundation.

Quarterly journal De Helling

De Helling is the quarterly journal of Bureau de Helling. The journal has an independent editorial staff and reaches a public beyond the green party with articles on left-wing politics in the widest sense of the term. Recent special issues include democratization, freedom of religion, degrowth, in praise of folly and the responsibility to protect.

Partners

There is ample cooperation with academic organizations and persons, social organizations and the world of public administration. International partners include the Green European Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Oikos and Etopia.

22 dec 2016
What a difference a year can make. 2015 marked a point of great enthusiasm about a turnaround in global climate policy. States signed on to the Paris climate agreement. As with any complex internationally...
19 dec 2016
Ralf Fücks visited the United States in the week after the elections for talks and events in New York and Washington DC. Reflections and highlights from a nation in shock.
14 dec 2016
Both left-wing and right-wing parties and movements claim to defend Western Values while demonstrating against Islam or against Islamophobia and Populism. From both sides we hear words like Liberty and Equality....
12 dec 2016
Do the things you are saying on Facebook constitute terrorist content? Which jobs will an unemployed individual be required to apply for? Should an individual be investigated by the police? Many of these questions...
28 nov 2016
Is an end to scarcity in sight? American companies are preparing to tap a vast source of raw materials on celestial bodies. But space mining is also a source of conflict, as the global commons of outer space are...
19 nov 2016
How do we bring values into public arenas of debate? A well-known story from my own religious tradition will be my starting point to show how stories are at the origin of my identity and how they influence my...
18 nov 2015
International environmental policies focus on safeguarding renewable natural resources. Little attention, however, is paid, to the much more difficult problem of non-renewable natural resources, such as metallic...
13 jul 2015
“The optimism of Green parties has ultimately failed”, says philosopher, writer and activist Lieven De Cauter. Activists and politicians have to remind people of the imminent catastrophe; this is the only way to...
22 mei 2014
Volgens sommigen is Europa ten dode opgeschreven, anderen zien telkens kleine lichtpuntjes op weg naar een Europese eenwording. Etienne Balibar betoogt dat een dieper inzicht in de geschiedenis ontbreekt. Dit...
17 okt 2013
On 29 September 2013, Austria went to the polls. The results gave the Greens 12,4% of the vote, a plus of 2%. Despite high hopes, the Greens were once more left without a governing option, though, in a party-system...
28 jan 2013
In reply to Katsambekis' article Pels writes: 'Political history of the past century has proven a bloody graveyard for all claims to act as 'true representatives of the people'. Liberal democrats should remain...
21 jan 2013
In a deeply de-politicized EU, where any form of popular resistance is spontaneously stigmatized and condemned as 'populism', one cannot but sound the alarm: Aren't we today, in the name of 'economic necessity',...
5 dec 2012
It is clear that Greece is being transformed into an entirely different society than it used to be during the last thirty years. Fears of falling into a prolonged crisis with unprecedented consequences are steadily...
19 nov 2012
Antonis Samaras and his party, New Democracy (ND), won the elections of the 17th of June 2012 in Greece. But what appears to be a victory for New Democracy and the forces advocating the continuation of harsh...
24 okt 2012
The division between anti-capitalists and market fundamentalists hampers any discussion on the ways to transform Europe into a smart, sustainable and inclusive society. Markets can help us achieve our political...
23 okt 2012
Engelen and colleagues discuss how to understand the current crisis: is it an accident, a fiasco or a debacle?
3 okt 2012
The ecologist Reinhard Loske wants to get away from the dogma of growth. Ralf Fücks, CEO of the Heinrich-Böll Foundation, favours green growth and a bio-economy. A debate. 
12 sep 2012
Too big to fail? Too crisis-hardened to go under? The collapse of the Soviet Union has something to teach Europe's politicians if another leap from the unthinkable to the inevitable is to be avoided in the case of...
16 jul 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. Their intention is to raise awareness...
21 jun 2012
l'Europe parle plusieurs langues et si on veut vraiment se connaitre en Europe, l'anglais comme lingua franca ne suffit absolument pas. Les experiences avec les barrieres linguistiques en Europe nous montre que la...
21 jun 2012
Jetzt ist sie angekommen, die Seele Europas. Sie sitzt auf einem Felsen auf der Isla de las Palomas, die südlichste Spitze Europas. Hinter ihr die Mauern der Festungsanlage, die weissen Häuser von Tarifa, der...
19 jun 2012
In many Europeans’ minds the term ‘Europe’ refers to Greece and to its mythology. For a non-nationalist Greek, going a couple of thousand years back to identify and possibly celebrate what ‘the cradle of democracy...
29 mei 2012
The new issue of the Green European Journal discusses the austerity measures taken by governments all over Europe.
6 mrt 2012
As the Hungarian government continues to receive criticism for its undemocratic 'reforms', one of the co-founders of the Hungarian sister party of the GreenLeft, LMP, Kristóf Szombati discusses whether they mark a...
29 feb 2012
The European Project lacks any significant ingredient of emotional bonding. In the absence of a 'European soul', the existing rational, bureaucratic structure is doomed to remain a distant presence for the citizens...
12 jan 2012
How much longer can we stand by and witness the ongoing killing of civilians in neighboring Syria? The question keeps popping up in my mind each time I read about the daily count of people murdered in Homs,...
4 jan 2012
The concept of 'a responsibility to Protect' (R2P) may not have been designed as the latest version of humanitarian intervention, but with the Libyan action in 2011, that is what it has become. It would have been...
14 nov 2011
All over Europe, Green and left-wing political parties are confronted with rising political movements that claim to speak in the name of 'the people'. These movements pit themselves against mainstream politics,...