After the Elections is before the Elections 

Poland prepares for its presidential elections. The opposition still has to find itself.


During the marches for Independence Day, Poland’s re-elected national-conservative government distanced itself from the radical right-wing demonstrators and announced the composition of the new cabinet. The government is pressing ahead with its current agenda of restructuring the state. After all, after the election is before the election. And next year the presidential elections will take place. Continue reading

Allez, les candidats ! State of play and main contenders in the French presidential elections

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The French Socialists have voted for Benoit Hamon, former Minister of Education, to enter the presidential elections on the socialist ticket. With a number of strong candidates already in the race, Hamon’s chances to succeed President François Hollande are slim. Guillaume Périgois, Publishing Director of the liberal news platform Contrepoints, takes a closer look at the candidates’ profiles.

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Turkey – friend of foe?

IMG_3522Turkey is facing troubled times – conflicts in the neighbourhood and growing political tensions internally. The raging civil war in Syria has already displaced more than 1 million refugees to Turkey, while the attacks of the Islamic State (IS) are provoking a new stream of refugees, mostly Yazidis. Meanwhile, tensions amongst the political elite and different segments of the population are rising. In 10 August 2014 the then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won the presidential elections in the first round with nearly 52% of the vote. In spite of unprecedented waves of protest as well as corruption allegations, he did not have any trouble being elected as President. The new Prime Minister and Head of the AK-Party, Ahmet Davutoğlu, and his government have been confirmed on September 6th.

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Upcoming event: Turkey after the Presidential Election: Is the Rule of Law in danger?

3488049687_1423263354_bSeptember 30, 2014, 12.00-14.00

Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Ave de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

Since December 2013 the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK
Party) has initiated politically-motivated changes that affect the Rule
of Law in Turkey. At the same time, relations with the EU have gradually
worsened, while the accession process has been stalling for

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