Country Reports

Denmark debates stricter regula-tions for asylum

Leading Social Democrats are questioning the right of asylum

Similar to Germany, the Danish debate about how to treat asylum seekers and the legitimacy of the right of asylum has intensified since the migration crisis’ peak. A proposal by the social democrats (Sozialdemokraterne) caught the public off guard and led to a fierce discussion drawing either support or outright con-demnation. more…

Elisabeth Bauer, Kai Gläser | February 20, 2018

Sauli Niinistö confirmed as Finnish President

Finnish President gets re-elected to second term in a landslide victory

Since 1994 the President in Finland gets elected through direct vote by the people. Scoring 62.7% of the vote Sauli Niinistö is the first ever presidential candidate to get elected in the first round by securing an absolute majority straight away. The reasons for the president´s his high ap-proval ratings appear to symbolize shifts in Finnish politics. more…

Elisabeth Bauer, Mikko von Bremen | February 5, 2018

Norway to form a new government

Conservatives wrap up deal with two partners to form a new governing coalition

After the Norwegians went to the polls in October 2017 the governing conservative party Høyre headed by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, gathered support to form a new coalition with the right-leaning popu-list Progress Party (Fremskrittpartiet) and the liberal Venstre party. more…

Elisabeth Bauer, Kai Gläser | January 22, 2018

Liberals and right-wing populists losing support

Social democrats come out on top from local elections in Denmark

The social democrats (Socialdemokratiet) managed to strengthen their position as Denmark´s strongest political force as expected during local elections. Both Lib-erals (Venstre) and the nationalist Danish party of the people (Dansk Folkeparti) saw their electorate shrink. more…

Elisabeth Bauer, Kai Gläser | January 2, 2018

Norway´s government seeks for renewal of the national budget

Norway has to reduce its dependence on mineral oil

The decline of prices of mineral oil from about 110 USD (around 97 Euro) per barrel in summer 2014 to the current price of under 50 USD (around 44 Euro) endangers Norway's wealth. The development of the oil and gas prices has been weaker than expected, although the oil prices have slightly increased again in the last two months. That is why the Norwegian state has to balance out lower income from the mineral oil activities. At the same time, state oil funds grow slower than predicted. more…

André Oktay-Dahl, Elisabeth Bauer, Inken Sittler | July 12, 2016

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