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Quo Vadis LGBTQ+ Representation in Politics?
On the the International Day against Homophobia, Bi-, Inter- and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), people around the world commemorate 17 May 1990, the day on which homosexuality was removed from the ICD-10 diagnosis code of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and was officially no longer considered a disease. We talk with Carline van Breugel about the lived reality of the LGBTQ+ community in Europe today and the lack of representation in politics.
International Day against Homophobia, Bi-, Inter- and Transphobia 2022
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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.
Ghosts of the past: the son of the late dictator becomes the new president of the Philippines
It is a dark day for the Philippines: with almost two thirds of votes Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator, won the presidential election. His victory is due to a long-planned disinformation campaign. Also the newly elected vice-president stands for an illiberal policy: she is no other than the daughter of the populist President Rodrigo Duterte.
Alexander De Croo reigns in turbulent times
With Alexander De Croo, Belgium has a liberal prime minister at the helm for the third time in a row. As head of government, he has immediately taken on a more visible role in European discussions. Alexander De Croo will speak about the changing times in Europe today at our event "A Fight for Freedom - How Putin's War is Renewing Europe".
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Alexander De Croo: „Wir müssen den europäischen Traum wiederherstellen“
Frankreichs Präsident Emmanuel Macron sprach am Europatag für eine umfassende Reform der Europäischen Union sowie eine Änderung der EU-Verträge aus. Auch der belgische Premierminister Alexander De Croo plädierte für die Wiederbelebung des Europäischen Traums. Anlässlich des Europatages hielt er auf Einladung der Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit eine Rede im Französischen Dom.
Marcos dynasty returns
According to initial counts, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr, has won the Philippine presidential election with over 50 percent of the vote. Under "Bongbong," the rule of law and freedom of the press in the Philippines will be further undermined, analyzes Rebecca Zistel, Philippine expert of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
Spain and Germany reconcile with Morocco
Rising cost of living, looming food shortages in parts of the world, and a return to thinking in terms of "spheres of influence." The Russian war of aggression in Ukraine is having a global impact. In many places, for example, it is acting as a catalyst for a readjustment of international relations and is even causing a renaissance of "realpolitik" in some parts of the world. This is the case, for example, in relations between European partners and Morocco.
Refugee Crisis: Pushbacks and harsh sentences for Refugees
Over the previous years and due to the refugee crisis, the Greek islands became known worldwide. More and more people were arriving on the islands trying to escape from the Syrian war while others grab this opportunity to come to Europe for financial or political reasons. Many things have changed since the beginning of the crisis in 2015: The number of people has been decreased and the flows are not so often and numerous.
Leni Robredo: A symbol of hope
A “pink wave” mirroring the color of the presidential candidate has swept of the Philippines since the country’s current Vice President and chairman of the Liberal Party Leni Robredo announced her candidacy for president. As the Philippines approaches the presidential election on May 9th, and Robredo’s campaign continue to gain momentum, who is the person behind this movement?
War, Words, Weapons
For Dr. Solomon Passy, who has served as Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister from 2001 to 2005 and who was instrumental in guiding his nation to NATO membership in 2004, it is clear that Putin wants all of Ukraine, and will do so for the rest of his reign. It was the West's de facto neutrality in 2008 and 2014 towards Russian aggressions against Georgia, Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk that fuelled the Kremlin's appetite for a continuation of this "push to the West".
Dissecting Pro-China Bias in Czech Alternative Media
Media represent a crucial tool for providing frameworks for general interpretation and understanding of events and the dissemination of information. Not surprisingly, given the role of media as shapers of local perceptions, various actors, starting with political and economic elites and ending with foreign powers, have long sought access to media in order to influence and manipulate narratives. In Central Europe, both Russia and China tick the box of such powers.
Armenia and Azerbaijan are restarting peace negotiations
In the shadows of the war in Ukraine, for the first time after the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in 2020, the talks between the two archenemies are gaining momentum. While peace and stability in South Caucasus is highly desirable, the prospects of relation-building between Armenia and Azerbaijan remain uncertain because of the existing geopolitical situation.