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Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

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Public Service Media Under Crossfire by Protest Movements

Protesters in South East Europe criticise their governments and demand more independence of the public broadcasters

There is seething unrest in South East Europe and immediately it is called ”Balkan Spring.” Many people are protesting in the capitals of Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Croatia out of dissatisfaction with their governments. This frustration is targeted towards the media in these countries as well – especially the public service media which are frequently considered a mouthpiece of the government. The protesters therefore call for resignation of the general directors of the broadcasters.

Opportunities and Pitfalls in Practical Translation of Youth Inclusivity for Sustainable Peacebuilding in Africa

This paper takes a closer look at the two Security Council resolutions pertaining to Youth, Peace and Security as well as the independent progress study and identifies opportunities and pitfalls for practical translation of youth inclusivity with regards to economic participation, gender inclusion and access to social services in Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania, respectively.

Vladimir Kreck

Nigeria postpones elections

Presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled in Nigeria for February 16, 2019 have been postponed until February 23. The governorship and state assembly elections are now scheduled to take place on March 9, 2019.

First conservative-lead majority government since 1985

Christian Democrats join the centre-right coalition in Norway

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The Grand Stalemate of the Minsk Agreements

Four years have passed since the so-called “Minsk-II” peace agreement was signed on 12 February 2015. It meant to revive the first Minsk peace accord of September 2014 and solve the conflict in East-ern Ukraine. Nevertheless, it has achieved modest results to say the least. The only real accomplish-ment has been the decrease of active hostilities and the number of daily casualties and/or fatalities. In other words, the Minsk agreements have resulted in the formation of a low-intensity conflict. Yet, offi-cials in Ukraine, the Russian Federation, and the European Union have been insisting that there could be no alternative to them. Therefore, the question is why these actors are holding on to the objectively ineffective peace deal and what is next for the Minsk peace process? The analysis suggests that the Minsk agreements have created a stalemate which is the best outcome either of the parties can cur-rently achieve, but which at the same time satisfies nobody. Also, neither of the parties in the present context will attempt any major step which means that the Minsk peace process is likely to endure, at least until Ukraine’s presidential elections in March-April 2019.

Vietnam Quarterly Macroeconomic Report

Quarter 3 - 2018

Viet Nam's economy maintained its growth momentum, growing at 6.88% (yoy) in Q3/2018. For the first nine months of the year, economic growth was 6.98% with a solid recovery of agriculture, forestry, fisheries and services (3.65% and 6.89%, respectively) and the 8.89% impressive growth of industry and construction area. Under the current situation, economic growth in the whole year is likely to exceed 6.8%.

Country Report 19-01-14 Government Formation in Lebanon – Key Aspects of Internal Obstacles

Since the elections of last year, Lebanon has been waiting for a new government to be formed. The challenges of the expected new government are numerous. This document reflects the major internal obstacles in the government formation.

KAS-office Kazakhstan organized a delegation to Germany with experts on energy from Kazakhstan on the topic on "energy efficiency" in November 2018.

KAS-office Kazakhstan organized a delegation to Germany with experts on energy from Kazakhstan on the topic on "energy efficiency" in November 2018.


Bulgaria: Trust in Media Is Still Low

Almost two thirds of Bulgarians are convinced that the media in their country are not reporting independently. Moreover, only every tenth describes journalists as trustworthy. The EU and Germany enjoy the highest institutional confidence. These are the main results of a national representative survey commissioned by the Media Programme South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS).

The 33rd ASEAN Summit - A Review

It is difficult these days to go about one’s daily business in the popular shopping area around Singapore's Suntec City Convention Centre. The cause of the congestion is the second summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2018, together with a number of additional meetings with selected external partners ASEAN traditionally hosts in the margins of this biannual summit. The most important among the additional meetings being held this year is the East Asia Summit (EAS). Incidentally, it was in the same building, Suntec City Convention Centre, where members of the newly formed World Trade Organization came together for the first time in 1996 - just months before the region entered the biggest economic crisis in its history.

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a political foundation. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. The country reports offer current analyses, exclusive evaluations, background information and forecasts - provided by our international staff.

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