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Europe in the Turnout: Meeting poweful challenges

European Council Summit of 22nd and 23rd of June 2017
There were important, but not unexpected, decisions on the topics of security and migration that were most recently discussed. The European Council called on the Internet industry to work more strongly against extremist content, agreed on common military structures and called for the creation of a complete list of safe third countries. Further topics were: international, fixing the criteria and the process for the change of location of two European agencies, the topic of economics, and the future issue of a digital Europe. Oliver Morwinsky, Kai Zenner, Hardy Ostry, June 24, 2017 more...

Podcast: The Future of Oil and Gas

Interview with Prof. Paul Stevens | London
Dr. Peter Hefele, KAS RECAP Hongkong, talks to Professor Paul Stevens, distinguished fellow at Chatham House, London, on the future of global energy markets and the Middle East. Peter Hefele, June 9, 2017 more...

Podcast: The future of the Paris Climate Agreement after Donald Trump´s decision to leave

Interview with Dr. Peter Hefele
The decision of US-President Trump to leave the Paris Climate Agreement, has triggered a fierce debate on the future of global climate change policy. Is Paris now dead? What are the consequences for Asia? Listen to Dr. Peter Hefele, Director KAS RECAP, in an interview with Stefan Stahlberg, KAS Berlin. The interview was held in German. Peter Hefele, June 2, 2017 more...

The Belgian Federalism

A model with future?
Belgium in general, is considered to be difficult to govern. For many observers, the kingdom is de facto divided into the Dutch-speaking, economically strong Flanders in the north and the French-speaking, economically rather weak Wallonia in the south. In addition, there is a small German-speaking minority in the east of the country. Hardy Ostry, Oliver Morwinsky, Lucas Schramm, June 1, 2017 more...

Parliamentary Elections in Lebanon

A long way to a new parliament
The long awaited parliamentary elections in Lebanon will take place in the upcoming months of 2017. The legislative period of the last parliament, elected in 2009, has already passed its regulatory mandate of four years in 2013. Yet, in consideration of the current events in the region and the resulting safety issues, the parliament independently extended its legislative period two times in 2013 and 2014 through a formal juridical revision. The official end of the parliamentary mandate is set for the 20th of June 2017. May 30, 2017 more...

Podcast: Cities as global actors in combating climate change

Interview with Professor Dr. Maria Francesch, Hong Kong
For decades nation states have been the main drivers and often also objectors in international climate policy. The COP21 conference in Paris has seen a range of new influential actors: NGOs, multinational companies – and cities. They all contributed much to the progress made in Paris. Therefore global climate change policy is no longer an exclusive domain of nation states. Peter Hefele, May 17, 2017 more...

Blueprint for the Brexit negotiations

Ein Signal der Geschlossenheit der EU-27
At a special summit held in Brussels on 29 April 2017, Heads of State and Government of the EU-27 agreed to the guidelines for the forthcoming dealings with Great Britain. Hardy Ostry, Lucas Schramm, Kai Zenner, May 4, 2017 more...

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is represented with its own office in around 70 countries on five continents. The foreign employees can give first-hand reports on current happenings and long-term developments in their respective countries. Their "country reports" offer visitors to the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung exclusive evaluations, background information and forecasts.