Wahlausgang in Polen völlig ungewiss – neuen Liberalen könnte Einzug in Sejm gelingen

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Wenn am kommenden Sonntag in Polen der Sejm (2. Kammer des polnischen Parlaments) gewählt wird, kann sich in Polen alles ändern, denn: Wie die Wahlen ausgehen ist zum ersten Mal seit Monaten völlig unklar. Kann die liberalkonservative Premierministerin Ewa Kopacz weiterregieren oder wird es durch einen Sieg der Nationalkonservativen (PiS) zu einem Rechtsruck kommen?

In allen aktuellen Umfragen liegt die nationalkonservative Partei Recht und Gerechtigkeit (PiS) von Oppositionsführer Jaroslaw Kaczynski vorn, doch in der Vergangenheit wichen die Umfrageergebnisse immer deutlich vom tatsächlichen Wahlergebnis ab. Und Totgesagte leben bekanntlich länger: die liberalkonservative Ewa Kopacz (Bürgerplattform PO), die wesentlich beliebter ist als die PiS-Spitzenkandidatin Beata Szydlo, könnte als Überraschungssiegerin hervor gehen. Bereits bei der Präsidentenwahl im Mai lagen die Demoskopen vollkommen daneben, als sie den Amtsinhaber Komorowski favorisierten.

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Beyond a Europe of economic cooperation towards a Europe of solidarity – Liberal Breakfast with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg

When the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, was a student he spent several months at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Here, he enjoyed jumping into his car at the weekend and exploring his host-country and its neighboring states – only to discover that borders were completely closed down at events such as football games because border guards were busy following the live broadcast. Not to mention the sanitary shower his car had to pass in order to be allowed to drive through the Greek neighborhood. Continue reading

What to do with all these apples?

ApfelThe four Visegrad countries (V4) Poland, Hungary, the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic share special relations with Russia, specifically in the areas of security, energy, tourism, investment and trade.

Therefore, the EU sanction regime which was introduced as a reaction to the annexation of Crimea and Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine, has great significance in the V4 countries. So do the retaliatory bans imposed by Russia. Continue reading

The Ukrainian Security Sector – a piece of the puzzle for lasting peace

0_PanelThe Minsk II agreement is unlikely to deliver the desired results. While Ukraine is shaken by Russian aggression imposed on its territory, its own difficulties with unstable government, corruption and hollowing out of the State also stand in the way of security and stability. In the context of the Russian annexation of Crimea and the de facto occupation of the Donbass Region, Ukraine and the EU have to reconsider if they have so far given the right answers. Otherwise, Ukraine’s future development will considerably be determined by the Kremlin. Ukraine desperately needs to stabilise and guarantee security, for which a reform of its national defense is urgently needed. A democratically controlled, defensively aligned army and reliable security structures are a prerequisite in the attempt to achieve a stable state.

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Upcoming Event: Security Policy in Ukraine – Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday, 4 June 2015
12.00-14.00

Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

About the event

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The Minsk II agreement is unlikely to deliver the desired results. While Ukraine is shaken by Russian aggression imposed on its territory, its own difficulties with unstable government, corruption and hollowing out of the State also stand in the way of security and stability. Continue reading

Dahrendorf Taskforce Publication Series

Cover_Ukrain as a Bridge to Russia_Kaminski TomaszThe current situation in Eastern Ukraine is once again dominating the news’ headlines and bears the danger of destabilizing the European Union’s Eastern Partnership as a whole. The fragility of the member states’ soft power approach and their consensus-based agreement on economic sanctions against neo-imperial Russia is what Dr. Tomasz Kaminski’s paper focuses on. Continue reading