Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
France-Germany: reconcilable priorities?
Writing recently in Der Spiegel, the Secretary of State for European affairs, Clément Beaune, underlined the indispensable nature of the “Franco-German alliance”. For decades it has been a vital and undeniable paradigm of European integration policy: without an understanding between Paris-Berlin there is no hope! The adoption of the NextGenerationEU recovery plan in July 2020 demonstrated this vividly.
Non-Execution of Domestic and International Court Judgments in Hungary
As another sign of the country’s rule of law backsliding, Hungary has been failing to implement judgments of the Strasbourg and Luxembourg courts, and Hungarian authorities are repeatedly disregarding the judgments of the country’s own domestic courts as well. A new research paper by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee shows just how deep this phenomenon runs.
Under the Radar: Mapping the Czech and Slovak local governments’ ties to China
The publication by the Central European Institute of Asian Studies in collaboration with the Association for International Affairs entitled "Under the Radar: Mapping the Czech and Slovak local governments’ ties to China" provides a comprehensive account of Czech and Slovak paradiplomatic activity towards China.
Reforming the Unreformable
The challenges for the organization remain tremendous. The pandemic has struck at a time when most economies were still recovering from the last global financial crisis. In this policy paper, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom brings together experts from its global network of liberal partners to address key challenges for the global trading system.
Omicron in South Africa: a sour note
“We are deeply disappointed by the decision of several countries to prohibit travel from several Southern African countries following the identification of the Omicron variant. This is a clear and completely unjustified departure from the commitment that many of these countries made at the meeting of G20 countries in Rome last month. These restrictions are unjustified and unfairly discriminate against our country.”
We are Human Rights Defenders
Today is Human Rights Day. It is a marker of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which was proclaimed by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. The day also reminds us that democracy and freedom cannot be taken for granted - we must defend them. The commitment of human rights defenders is required in all countries of the world.
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.
Franco-German relations: the prospects for a European leap forward
Turbulence in Franco-German relations has often ensued from the occupant of the Élysée or the Chancellery being replaced. Dealing with a new partner from another party, with a different temperament or from another generation has sometimes required time to create good chemistry or, failing that, a modus vivendi between the two leaders.
Defeat in the parliamentary by-election reveals the difficulties of the British government
It is not only for some alleged breaking of the Corona Rules that Prime Minister Johnson is under pressure. Now his party has lost a long-dominated constituency it had held for over 200 years. Liberal Democrat candidate Helen Morgan took 47% of the votes cast to win the North Shropshire constituency with a majority of nearly 6000, in a crushing blow to Johnson.
Elections in Hong Kong: What choice do the people have?
On 19 December, HK is electing a new legislative council. This is the election that should have taken place in 2020, and that was postponed amid claims of pandemic concerns. Since then, a new election law has been passed – and people in HK have less of a choice than ever. Freiheit.org interviewed MR Charles Mok, a former LegCo Councillor, about this upcoming election, what it means for HK and where the city is going from here.
The New Alliance of Economic Growth and Climate Protection
The traffic light coalition agreement puts an end to de-growth fantasies. This is a huge opportunity for Germany. Beyond that, the new government faces major long-term tasks. All those involved agree on that. A future project for Germany: full of construction sites and full of risks. A courageous attempt to master the challenges of the future.
Comeback postponed - The USA at the WTO
President Biden wanted to use the 12th Ministerial Conference of the WTO to signal the US comeback one of the guarantors of the global trading system and show American willingness to increase cooperation on global trade issues. However, because of the spread of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron the meeting has been postponed indefinitely. This comes at a time when the WTO faces immense challenges from countless different angles.
SMEX BLOGPOST VOL. III
After the initial launch of the first SMEX BLOGPOST that tackled cybersecurity threats and data privacy issues on official governmental platforms (especially the Ministry of Public Health). SMEX has now analyzed and released its third blogpost that tackles the Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) and the preservation of citizen data. SMEX has detected numerous potential threats and weaknesses in the ministry's cyber security and recommended to update the platform.
Before and After - Lessons from 20 Years of Afghanistan Operations
Today, the main industrialised nations are discussing the future of Afghanistan at a special G20 summit. The international community can still have a moderating effect on the authoritarianism of the Taliban, to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and ensure terrorists don’t once again take root in the country, analyses journalist Sandra Khadhouri.
"This is the Nobel Prize for journalism"
"This is for all of us - I'm in shock..." These were the words Maria Ressa used to tearfully comment on her nomination as the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner. The nomination as Nobel Peace Prize laureate honors Maria Ressa's tireless and courageous fight for freedom of speech and press freedom, two fundamental prerequisites for democracy and peace.