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Bringing Europe Closer to Citizens via EU Institutions
The third edition of the Future of Europe Youth Summit (FEYS 3.0) took place this year in mid-May in Iași, in northern Romania. It is the largest youth event in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, organized this year by the regional office FNF SOOE in cooperation with the youth organization of the liberal party Union Save Romania (USR Tineret). The Summit brought 35 representatives of youth organizations from Renew Europe and ALDE member parties from 17 European countries to Romania. They were joined by 45 Romanian members of USR Tineret to discuss the future of Europe in the context of the war in neighboring Ukraine, as well as the increasing impact of phenomena such as fake news and disinformation on young people. The event offered the young liberals the chance to rediscover Europe through a lively exchange of ideas, said Regional Director for East and Southeast Europe Martin Kothee in his welcoming speech.
Greek national elections bring surprising results with shifting political landscape
The Greek national elections on May 21st left the country in awe as the political landscape shifted unexpectedly. The outcome has sparked a significant surprise, with implications for the main opposition party (SYRIZA) and its relevance in the political landscape, since it seems to have lost trust among the voters, raising questions regarding the dynamics of the opposition in general, after the significant rise of PASOK. Greece now finds itself on the path to a second round of elections, which most likely will take place earlier than planned, on June 25th, since no coalition was formed. Does SYRIZA have the reflexes required to shift these results within a month?
Upcoming Greek elections: What to expect?
On Sunday, the Greeks will elect their new parliament. However, the electoral system makes it difficult to form a government with a majority. The "Greek bonus" used to reward the party with the most votes with 50 extra seats in parliament, which made coalition building superfluous. However, the sovereign debt crisis led to change, new parties emerged and coalition governments became necessary. Prime Minister Mitsotakis, however, is a politician who does not like to share power. After his election, he reintroduced the old system. If no government can be formed after Sunday's election, the old system would be used in a repeat election a few weeks later.
Stifled Voices: The Plight of Afghan Journalists on World Press Day
Today is International Press Freedom Day. The situation of media freedom has always been a challenge in Afghanistan. But since the Taliban took power in August 2021, it has become even more difficult. All media professionals, especially the women among them, face significant obstacles in Afghanistan when it comes to reporting truthfully and objectively on events in the country. What can be done to better support Afghan media professionals in this difficult time?
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya: "Tyranny is like cancer".
For years, Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has been fighting for a free Belarus from exile in Lithuania and called for new elections after the rigged presidential elections. In the 17th Berlin Freedom Speech, she made a vehement plea for freedom and human rights and appealed to the international community for solidarity with the Belarusian opposition. For Tsikhanouskaya, it is clear that the fight for freedom is a global struggle that cannot be won alone.
Meloni firmly holds the reins in Rome
Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni of the far-right "Brothers of Italy" party has been in office for about six months. The idea that the head of government of Europe's third-largest economy could take the reins of the right-wing populist camp critical of the EU triggered worry lines in much of the EU. But having arrived in the reality of government responsibility, Meloni has so far led her country's political fortunes in a far less confrontational manner than feared. Time for an initial stocktaking.
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Early elections are the best option for Prime Minister Sánchez
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called early parliamentary elections for July 23, responding to the PSOE's electoral debacle in Sunday's regional and local elections. This will also affect Spain's EU Council presidency in the 2nd half of this year, which will now start in the hot election campaign phase. Whether voters will ultimately reward this move will also depend on how quickly the opposition can adjust to the new scenario.
Historic Rally in Chișinău: Europe is Moldova, Moldova is Europe
"Moldovans are Europeans, and Moldova must become an equal member of the European Union by 2030." With these words, Moldovan President Maia Sandu addressed more than 75,000 people who came to a pro-European rally on Sunday. The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, had also arrived, having announced to the crowd already in her speech in Romanian: "I have come to deliver a message: Europe is Moldova, Moldova is Europe".
Through the glass ceiling - African female journalists fight their way up into leading positions
For one week, a group of female journalists from East Africa worked together on a variety of issues around the topic “women in leadership positions“. During the exchange with German female movers and shakers from media and politics, the African anchorwomen, editors in chief and specialist journalists were able to expand their own network and take home many ideas for their professional work.
“We are well aware of what it takes to stay.”
Youth in Morocco grow up with an imagination of going to a land elsewhere, seeking greater opportunities, social security, and a sense of freedom. According to the Arab Barometer report, nearly 70% of Moroccans under 30 express a desire to leave the country. However, despite facing numerous challenges, a determined network of Moroccan youth decides to stay and make a change.
Relentless – a short story collection on Freedom
Discover the captivating and stimulating world of "Relentless", a collection of short stories that explores the complexities and nuances of freedom. With its powerful stories in Arabic and English and diverse narratives, "Relentless" offers an engaging and enlightening reading experience.
Miracles happen all the time
According to official figures, the devastating earthquake in south-eastern Turkey on 6 February killed almost 50,000 people and destroyed entire regions. But in addition to all the damage and suffering caused by the earthquake, there were also many miracles - such as the rescue of numerous people from the ruins even after almost 300 hours after the earthquake. Another miracle concerns the rapprochement between the eternal enemies Greece and Turkey.
Thinking about Taiwan
In a global comparison, Taiwan is one of the top countries in the freedom ranking: The island has a free press, a freely debating parliament and the rule of law prevails. But it is precisely these democratic qualities that put the country under strong pressure. Xi Jinping, for example, has sharpened his rhetoric towards Taiwan in recent years, so the possible prospect of an attempted occupation is not so far-fetched. What matters now is that Taiwan develops an intelligent and successful defence strategy to fend off a possible Chinese attack.
"New Kids on the Block" – Farmer party wins Dutch elections
A new populist party has rocked the political landscape in the Netherlands by winning the provincial elections last Wednesday. The BoerBurgerBeweging (Farmer-Citizen Movement/BBB) won more than one in five votes nationwide, with a campaign that capitalised on rural anger at the current government’s environmental policies. The result will put pressure on the government’s ability to pass legislation, as the provincial elections determine the makeup of the Dutch Senate, and may lead to increased tensions within the four=party governing coalition.
Too much influence for the extreme right
Sweden is experiencing a dramatic change of government. For the first time in the history of the Scandinavian country, a minority government of conservatives, Christian Democrats and one of the two liberal parties is supported in parliament by the far-right Sweden Democrats. A power shift that catapults the far-right into the center of power. While parts of the Swedish Liberals remain skeptical of government participation, the new government under Ulf Kristersson begins work.
Italy has voted - right-wing alliance achieves clear majority
The radical right achieves a historic victory in Italy. The far-right Fratelli d'Italia party becomes the strongest force by far and is thus likely to lead the future government. What are the consequences of the right-wing alliance's election victory for the country and the EU? An analysis by our expert David Henneberger.
Italy's entanglements with Russia and the parties' energy programs
Russia and Italy have been more closely linked since the 1960s than many realize. Italy was home to the largest communist party this side of the Iron Curtain in Europe, and its business community concluded one lucrative industrial and energy treaty after another with Russia - at the behest not least of Italy's conservative Christian Democrats.
Meloni's march towards Rome - Italy threatened with a shift to the right
For the first time, a woman has the chance to become Italy's prime minister. Giorgia Meloni is female, modern and - ultra-right. She has managed to transform her party, the "Fratelli d’Italia (FdI)” (Brothers of Italy), from a fringe party to the strongest political force that also finds acceptance in the bourgeois camp. How could this happen? An attempt to explain the Meloni phenomenon.
Ukraine's food industry: a lifeline under pressure
The Ukrainian economy is suffering heavily under Russia’s war of aggression. So far, one can only make assumptions about the full extent of the economic damages. The same goes for the material losses of Ukrainian businesses. However, an initial assessment has now been made possible via a survey conducted by the European Business Association.
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Migrant Founders Monitor 2021
Founders with a migration background play an important role in the start-up ecosystem. With a share of a good 20 %, they are the driving force of economic innovation in Germany. The Migrant Founders Monitor 2021 examines for the first time the connection between migration and start-ups in Germany.
Economic concepts in children's and young adult literature
Books for children and young adults have a decisive influence on cognitive development and shape their view of the world. This study examines the extent to which economic facts appear in these books. It concludes that there is a wide range of approaches. They include clichés and stereotypes but also balanced and pedagogically valuable treatments of economic topics.
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.
The Clash of Systems?
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. This new competition is putting European trade, investment and development policies in Africa to the test.
China's influence in Europe
Over the past decade the impact of China's economy has been increasing consequently with far reaching dependencies worldwide. While China has not been using traditional military force to expand its power, we can see clear instances where China uses political and economic coercion to reach its goals. This has led many counties to label China as a “systemic rival”. And that begs the question: What does China’s rise mean for the world?
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.
Will Zambia’s elections 2021 be free and fair?
This election period has certainly seen an uneven playing field. Zambia is one of the fastest declining democracies globally. Arbitrary arrests and detentions without charge have become commonplace with Hakainde Hichilema having been detained on 15 occasions. Although COVID-19 restrictions have prevented parties from campaigning in the usual ways, President Edgar Lungu and his running mate have continued touring the country on ‘official business’, Hichilema can't!
Human Rights Work 2020
Human rights are particularly threatened in times of Corona. Disinformation and right-wing populism endanger liberal democracies worldwide. With our liberal human rights work, we actively support projects for digital education, the rule of law, tolerance and media freedom. The year 2020 was dominated by the global issue of disinformation and false news.
Work-Family Balance, Traditions, Gender Discrimination
The decades-long economic miracle that has propelled South Korea into the top ten most efficient economies in the world has its flaws: The country is also one of the leading nations in the "gender pay gap" category, which refers to the difference in income between men and women. The two authors Choyoung Son and Darja-Neufeld derive the current situation from the historical development and present recommendations for the future.
Deadly Traffic Sparks Unrest
On July 29, a speeding bus killed two students on their way to school in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. The deadly accident sparked mass protests with students demanding more safety on the roads from the authorities. In a country where fatal road collisions are quite common, the students’ death could have passed as an everyday occurrence. But this time it triggered widespread anger on social media, a wave of student protests and a brutal crackdown by the authorities.