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Africa: trade, democracy or both?
The 20th OECD international economic forum on Africa, which takes place today, is a propitious occasion to assess Africa’s current position, politically, economically and - of course - in terms of COVID-19. Cecilia Kok analyzes the main topics that will be key for this years conference. The pandemic, the Chinese influence over Africa and the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade area will dominate the forum this year.
Is North Macedonia in danger?
To watch closely the developments on this important regional issue, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (Project Greece), the University of Macedonia (Greece) and the European Policy Institute (North Macedonia) have founded the Prespes Agreement Observatory. The mission of the Observatory focuses on monitoring the overall implementation of the Prespes Agreement in both Greece and North Macedonia.
Brexit the Year After: A deal for good?
After months of negotiations, white smoke emerged on 24 December, as EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that their negotiators had reached a historic agreement. Jeroen Dobber analyzes, whether the fact, that a no-deal scenario was avoided, is sufficient to make the agreement a good deal for Liberals.
Push for an Open World Economy
The international economy is facing a huge upheaval. Step by step, the scales of world trade are tipping in favor of autocratically ruled China. To counter this development, Europe and the United States must play a leading role in the future of globalization. Pragmatic policies are needed, analyzes Karl-Heinz Paqué.
Netherlands: The Government is dead, long live the government
The Dutch government resigned last Friday over a child benefit scandal in which thousands of families were wrongly accused of fraud. While the electoral fortunes of the governing parties remain relatively unaffected, it would be a mistake to forget the underlying structural problems that the affair has revealed, analyzes Jeroen Dobber.
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.
Media Pluralism in Eastern Europe Under Pressure
The Polish government's campaign against unfavourable reporting has just culminated in a new advertising tax. The end result could be the weakening or dissolution of independent private media in Poland. The EU must act decisively now to defend the rule of law, our experts analyse.
The autonomous region of Catalonia elects a new regional parliament at the height of the 3rd corona wave. The favorite is Salvador Illa, former Spanish health minister and leading candidate of the socialist party. But even if his party were to win the election on Sunday, that would not guarantee participation in government, analyzes David Henneberger.
Biden Calls Out to Europe
In just 20 minutes, the new US President Joe Biden laid out the cornerstones of his foreign policy agenda at the end of last week. The words Europe or EU did not appear once in his keynote speech. And yet, in terms of content, Biden's speech was a call for support from allies in Europe. They now have to use the potential for transatlantic cooperation, Thomas Ilka demands.
Portugal: A Tale of Two Presidencies
On Sunday, the Portuguese will elect their head of state - despite the Corona pandemic and another lockdown. Although the elections are not expected to produce any surprises, Portugal is also in the spotlight on the European stage with the presidency of the EU Council. A strong result for the incumbent president would boost the ambitious plans for the Council presidency, analyses Rahel Zibner.
Vaccination Kick-off in Italy: Overshadowed by Populism
Italy was the first country in Europe to be hit by the Corona pandemic almost a year ago - with devastating economic and social consequences. The long-awaited vaccine has been available in Italy since the end of December. However, the willingness to vaccinate and the trust in the government are declining at record speed, analyses Rahel Zibner.
Migration and More: EURO-MENA-SHOW Kick-off for Digital Mediterranean Cooperation in Pandemic Times
The FNF Regional Office for the MENA Region, the FNF Mediterranean Dialogue Project in Madrid and its partner Casa Árabe, the official Spanish institute for relations with the Arab world, organised the EURO-MENA SHOW on 15 July. In addition to solutions to current challenges such as migration, security and tourism, the event focused on connecting elements that underline the common history as well as the inextricably linked present of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
COVID-19 und Demokratie in Mexiko
Gegenwärtig weist Mexiko die dritthöchste Covid-19-Sterblichkeitsrate der Welt auf. Die Krise begann jedoch schon vor der Pandemie. Mexiko befindet sich auf dem Weg zu einer autoritären Herrschaft und die Regierung tut nicht einmal so, als ob das Virus eine Entschuldigung dafür wäre. Ist die mexikanische Demokratie in Gefahr?
Our Fight against Disinformation
The campaign #FreedomFightsFake empowers citizens around the globe to think critically and “pre-bunk” disinformation! In what ways can we counter the global phenomenon of disinformation? What is the state of media freedom around the world and how can we strengthen it? Join us as we search for answers to these questions among others and let’s work together against disinformation.