Op-Ed: Presidential Election: Hope for Poland’s Democracy

The upcoming presidential elections will play a key role in the future direction of the country.



The forthcoming presidential election in Poland will be decisive for the future direction of our country. Poles are faced with the choice between the final consolidation of anti-democratic rule, or a glimmer of hope for the future, in which Poland could be a fully engaged and respected member of the liberal, law-abiding European Community. Continue reading

Poland Ahead of the Presidential Election: Nothing is Decided Yet


On Sunday the Poles will elect their president for the next five years. If no candidate wins more than 50% of the votes in the first round of voting there will be a run-off vote on 12 July. The incumbent Andrzej Duda, who is close to the ruling national conservative party “Law and Justice” (PiS), leads the opinion polls with around 42%. Duda is considered as the election favourite. In recent weeks, however, his popularity has declined significantly. On the other hand, the largest opposition alliance, the liberal-conservative “Citizens’ Coalition” (KO), with its candidate Rafał Trzaskowski seems to be on the upswing. According to some polls, both Trzaskowski and the independent pro-European candidate of the centre, Szymon Hołownia, would narrowly win against Duda in the second round of voting. Continue reading

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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