Ralf Fücks

Ralf Fücks is man­ag­ing direc­tor of the centre, fol­low­ing 21 years of work in the exec­u­tive of the Hein­rich Böll Stiftung, the polit­i­cal foun­da­tion asso­ci­ated with the Greens. At the centre of his work were green eco­nom­ics and eco­log­i­cal inno­va­tion, migra­tion, the future of Europe and inter­na­tional pol­i­tics. Before that he was co-chair of the Greens (1989/​90) and Senator for Envi­ron­ment and City Devel­op­ment in Bremen.

Fücks is con­sid­ered a pioneer thinker, seeking cross-party dis­course. He pub­lished in leading news­pa­pers, gives speeches and par­tic­i­pates in the public debate. Fücks is an advo­cate for liberal ecology pol­i­tics, which focus on inno­va­tion rather than pro­hi­bi­tion. Of special impor­tance to him is a dia­logue with the economy, which he con­sid­ers an invalu­able actor of a “green indus­trial rev­o­lu­tion”. Fücks is coor­di­na­tior of the com­mit­tee “Eco­log­i­cal Mod­erni­sa­tion” within the Peters­burg Dia­logue. Like Marieluise Beck he fights for demo­c­ra­tic oppo­si­tion in Russia, Ukraine and other East-Euro­pean coun­tries. He is a con­vinced Euro­pean and transat­lantic.

Recent Books

Intel­li­gent wachsen – Die grüne Rev­o­lu­tion (“Grow intel­li­gently – The Green Rev­o­lu­tion”), Hanser Verlag, Munich 2013; English trans­la­tion: Green Growth, Smart Growth, Anthem Press, New York 2015
Frei­heit vertei­di­gen –Wie wir den Kampf um die offene Gesellschaft gewin­nen (“Defend­ing fredom –How we can win the fight for an open society”), Hanser Verlag, Munich 2017.


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