Democracy

Why do you need a digital identity?

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In the 21st century it’s not the GDP that determines a country’s success, but the laws and policies driving its… ABC Estonia is a digital pioneer offering e-identity and e-citizenships as well as a whole range of the digitalised government, education and public… Toomas Ilves, the former president of Estonia, explains why the country went all digital and how you can do it… Why do you… Read More »

Less free market, more political creation

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Recently I read two seemingly contradictory ‘letters to the editor’ in a daily paper, I frequent regularly: “We always claimed that the boom of the East is really happening in the West,” a… Dietmar Bartsch The European A reader from a city in North-Rhine-Westphalia, on the other hand, criticized my party DIE LINKE for a “policy which focuses too strongly on the… The reader is from the city Mülheim a.D. Ruhr. He… Less free market… Read More »

Renegade ultranationalists could derail Erdoğan

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Meet Meral Akşener, the wildcard ahead of Sunday’s neck-and-neck… ANKARA — As Turkey prepares to vote on the expansion of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s powers on Sunday, a small band of renegade ultranationalists may hold the… ZIA WEISE Politico The nationalist opposition has declared its support for Erdoğan, but a… At the forefront of this insurgency is Meral Akşener, a… Renegade ultranationalists could… Read More »

Muted start to election campaigning in Algeria

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The May 4 parliamentary poll will be the first since the legislature adopted landmark constitution reforms last… Al Jazeera Source: AFP news agency Campaigning for Algeria’s May 4 parliamentary elections got off to a muted start on Sunday, with the public showing little interest in the… It’s the first election since the legislature’s powers were boosted by amendments to the… Muted start to… Read More »

Dalai Lama’s rapturous welcome at Buddhist monastery

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The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said the only way for the world to confront terror attacks is through greater contact… BBC He was speaking to the BBC in the wake of the Brussels… He also spoke about the challenges faced by the Tibetan movement, especially with increasing Chinese pressure on Western countries to… Dalai Lama’s rapturous… Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi: No ethnic cleansing of Myanmar Muslim minority

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Aung San Suu Kyi has denied there is ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, despite widespread reports… BBC In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the Nobel peace prize winner acknowledged problems in Rakhine state, where most… But she said ethnic cleansing was “too strong” a term to… Aung San Suu… Read More »

Thai king endorses new constitution, 20th since 1932

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Critics say the charter is undemocratic and will allow the military to keep its grip on power even after… Al Jazeera Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn endorsed the country’s new constitution on Thursday, an essential step towards holding an election to restore democracy after the… The constitution is the nation’s 20th since the absolute monarchy was abolished in 1932, but critics say it will still give the… Thai king endorses… Read More »

Burundi: The Army in Crisis

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Two years on, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of resolution. Political and ethnic polarisation are now tearing apart the integrity of the army, long seen as the primary achievement of the… ICG Executive Summary Two years in, the Burundi crisis shows little sign of… Following the July 2015 re-election of President Nkurunziza, whose April decision to run… Burundi: The Army… Read More »

Patriot power: How France’s alt-right seeks to sway election

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France, despite its reputation as a beacon of progressive liberalism, has been at the forefront of a burgeoning pan-European far… Henri Astier BBC Marine Le Pen, an anti-immigration Eurosceptic who may well top the first round of France’s presidential election on 23 April, is… Its themes are familiar in the era of Donald Trump and Brexit: concern for… Patriot power: How… Read More »

Protecting high quality of judiciary crucial to Irish democracy

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No rationale for having a majority of lay people choosing judges has been… Paul McGarry The Irish Times In observing the latest volte-face from the Law Society in relation to judicial appointments, it is difficult to see any motivating factor other than a desire to have more solicitors appointed as… However, the… Protecting high quality… Read More »

5 takeaways from France’s chaotic presidential debate

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The main candidates were joined by a motley collection of other contenders, making for lively… NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico PARIS — Eleven candidates for the French presidency faced off in a debate Tuesday that was more lively and more chaotic than previous… Frontrunners Marine Le Pen, François Fillon and Emmanuel Macron took… 5 takeaways from… Read More »

Sturgeon tells US audience that Scots are ready for independence

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Nicola Sturgeon has told a US audience that Scotland is ready to take its place as an “equal partner” in the global family of nations by… Scott Macnab The Scotsman The First Minister stepped up the pressure on Theresa May to allow a second referendum to be staged during a keynote speech at… Ms Sturgeon argued in… Sturgeon tells US… Read More »

The Presidency debate: Social inclusion

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After years of austerity, confidence in Europe’s capacity to care for the weakest and most disadvantaged has come under close… By Brian Maguire, Evan Lamos and Olivier Billot | EURACTIV.com The Maltese presidency pledges to lead by example advancing Europe social policy in close consultation with social partners, civil society and… The Presidency is a video series by EURACTIV, looking at the… The Presidency debate… Read More »

Kirkuk provincial council decides to hold referendum for annexation to KRG

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The Kirkuk provincial council has decided to hold a referendum regarding the annexation of the city by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Anadolu Agency quoted the… Kirkuk Hurriyet The session was boycotted by Turkmen and… Both Iraq and Turkey strongly oppose KRG’s desire to incorporate Kirkuk into… Kirkuk provincial council… Read More »

Reclaim European democracy from an establishment that’s lost its way

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The liberal establishment in London and around the continent is aghast at how populism is tearing Europe apart, writes Yanis Varoufakis Yanis Varoufakis Irish Examiner ON March 25, Europe’s leaders convened in the birthplace of the “European project” to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. But what exactly… Reclaim European democracy… Read More »

Relatives of U.S. prisoners in Egypt chide Trump

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Despite families’ request, president does not mention human rights in remarks about Sisi’s… Josh Meyer Politico President Donald Trump once again dodged any public comment on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s much-maligned human rights record after their meeting Monday, even as… One of them is 17-year-old Ahmed Hassan of… Relatives of U.S… Read More »