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Georgian Government fails Country’s Historic EU Membership Candidacy Bid, What’s Next?
Today, the European Council announced the long-awaited conclusions on the EU Membership candidacy Status for Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. The European Commission gave the green light to grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, but limited Georgia to the European perspective, with the prospect of EU membership once all established priorities are fulfilled.
The Clash of Systems – Wie Afrikaner den Wettbewerb zwischen Europa und China auf ihrem Kontinent wahrnehmen
Over the past fifteen years, China has positioned itself as a major partner and investor in Africa. In infrastructure projects and trade in raw materials, China has displaced Europe as the most important partner on the continent.
A setback for Macron's electoral alliance? The French party system after the 2022 election cycle
Emmanuel Macron faces a difficult second term in office. Particularly relevant to the future day-to-day running of government, and completely unusual in recent French history, is that the Macron ensemble was unable to win an absolute majority in the parliamentary elections and will now have to rely on permanent or occasional cooperation with other parties.
Millions of internally displaced persons: How Ukraine Met the Major Humanitarian Challenge Caused by Russian Aggression
On 24 February 2022, the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine began. Millions of people were forced to flee their homes, either fleeing the fighting or fearing that they would be occupied by Russian soldiers and tortured, abused and murdered. According to estimates by international organisations and Ukrainian authorities, about 7-8 million Ukrainians were internally displaced in May 2022.
The Future of Democracy: Strengthening Liberal Values, Institutions and Procedures at Global, European, Regional and National Levels
The world what we live in is permanently changing, whether it is due to the pandemic, Russian war in Ukraine, climate change or changing political environment regarding rule of law. A recent publication by the Hungarian Europe Society examines future of Europe, which is shaped by these processes.
Ukraine: Resisting the temptation of quick solutions
The Russian war of aggression on Ukraine has severely shaken the Ukrainian economy. But the first reaction of the government and the national bank to the war shock was competent: the suspension of import duties as well as the easing of the tax burden strengthened the confidence of the economy and society in the government. After the first steps towards economic liberalisation, however, the government returned to the modus operandi of the pre-war period.
The Foundation for Freedom in Germany and the World
Based on the principles of liberalism, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom offers political education in Germany and abroad. Our headquarter is located in Potsdam, and we maintain offices throughout Germany and in over 60 countries around the world.
With our events and publications, we help people to become actively involved in political affairs. We support talented young students with scholarships.
26 female government leaders are not enough
The World Economic Forum estimates that it will take another 145 years for men and women to participate actively in politics to the same extent worldwide. But the IAF programmes have shown that women can contribute to improving the situation by acquiring necessary skills such as political communication and consciously building networks. Female role models are also encouraging.
Before the Parliamentary Elections: France’s Shifting Political Landscape
While Europe is the unifying theme in France within the current government majority of centrist parties and movements, the attitude to Europe divides the "new ecological and social alliance" - Nupes for short. Even though the new left coalition has managed to eclipse the far-right voices of Marine Le Pen and Éric Zemmour, it is by no means clear that Nupes will win in the French parliamentary elections.
Four waves of the digital currency and the future money
Since the start of the global financial crisis, the global economy has been influenced by two concurrent trends: Fewer people are using cash in favor of digital forms of payment and digital transactions. Digital forms of payment have been on the rise and the significance of cash as a means of payment has been falling for years – and the conventional financial world is trying to keep up. An in depth analysis will give insight into the future of digital currencies.
More bang for our buck by spending together
As the Ukraine war rages on, the need to improve the EU's military capabilities is increasingly coming to the fore. With defence budgets rising and equipment being sent to Ukraine, countries are preparing to invest heavily in their defence. To coordinate these at EU level, the EU Commission and the EU High Representative have presented an analysis of defence spending.
The New State of Danger in Hungary
Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party recently won its fourth consecutive parliamentary election. One of the first measures of the new parliament was the introduction of a new state of emergency, which gives the government extraordinary powers: New laws can be passed and blamed on the "external danger". However, the expanded government powers threaten to undermine the already battered rule of law in Hungary.
International Day against Homophobia, Bi-, Inter- and Transphobia 2022
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is committed to an open society in which diversity has a chance. Diversity has many facets: ethnic origin, sexual identity, gender, nationality, age, but also lifestyle, education, religious and political convictions or life experience.
Finland and Sweden on their way into NATO
Long thought unthinkable, the Finnish and Swedish governments have yesterday and today confirmed their countries' decisions to join NATO. The historic moves comes as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine, which has had a significant impact on threat perceptions in the region.
Local and regional elections in the UK: Liberal Democrats make solid comeback
The results of the local and regional elections in Great Britain provide very little information about the political future of the country. The government lost, but at the same time the opposition did not win. The Conservatives, in whose party leader Boris Johnson not even his own voters now have confidence, have suffered a clear defeat.