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Summit of good news?

European Council meeting on 27 - 28 June 2013

Main topics of European Council meeting were short-term measures against the Economic and Financial Crisis: Fighting youth unemployment and financial support for the european economy. The full report is only avaiable in German. more…

Olaf Wientzek, Michael Herrmann | Country Reports | June 28, 2013

Shift in energy and taxation policy?

European Council meeting on 22 May 2013

The agenda of the council meeting focused on energy and taxation. The discussion was useful to exchange views and to press for decisions in the energy sector and in the fight against tax evasion. The main focus of energy policy was in strenghtening economic competitiveness. Tax evasion and tax fraud are critical to governments and the public opinion in the current crisis. The report is available in German only. more…

Michael Herrmann, Olaf Wientzek | Country Reports | May 22, 2013

Adenauer-Forum with Nikola Poposki

The Macedonian Foreign Minister visited the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

The Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki gave a speech at an Adenauer-Forum on 17 April about the reform efforts of the country and the recently published progress report of the European Commission. The event contribution is available only in German. In the sidebar you can find the official Commission progress report from 16 April 2013 in English. more…

Event Reports | April 24, 2013

The Boundaries of the Battlefield

A critical Look at the Legal Paradigms and Rules in Countering Terrorism

This ICCT conference report provides a detailed overview from the two-day symposium entitled The Boundaries of the Battlefield: A Critical Look at the Legal Paradigms and Rules in Countering Terrorism, which was convened in The Hague in January 2013. The conference covered a range of issues that are relevant in debates about using force in counter-terrorism operations against non-state actors. The event contribution is written by Jessica Dorsey and Dr. Christophe Paulussen and is also avaiable online: more…

Event Reports | April 17, 2013

People’s Parties in Crisis

Christian Democrats in Belgium and the Netherlands

Since the Second World War, the Christian Democrats in Belgium and the Netherlands have had a significant influence on the politics of their respective countries and on the European unification process. In the last two decades they have also had to overcome some fundamental crises. In the most recent elections their popularity reached an all-time low. What has happened to them and the way they have attempted to deal with these crises could provide an indication of the challenges ahead for other Christian democratic parties. more…

Olaf Wientzek | International Reports | December 12, 2012