Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

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Camelia Bogdan v. Romania: a case of arbitrary suspension of a judge

European Court of Human Rights: Romanian judge Camelia Bogdan, who was suspended from the judicial service in her home country, had no legal remedy

The case "Camelia Bogdan v. Romania", involving a Romanian judge, represents a further stage in the litigations of representatives of the Romanian judiciary before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The case is to be viewed in the context of the disputes between the Romanian judiciary and the Social Democrat-led coalition in power until 2019. Camelia Bogdan (the applicant) was temporarily suspended from her office for questionable reasons without being able to effectively challenge the relevant decision. This is illegal according to a decision of the ECtHR of October 2020. Her right to a fair trial (Article 6 (1) ECHR) was infringed.



The current situation in Syria is still worth a closer look. The main actors in the Syrian conflict (Russia, Turkey, Iran and the US) are making it increasingly difficult to find common ground because of their different goals, visions and priorities.


Lithuania Has Voted for Change

The outcome of this year’s run-off election confirmed the election result of the first round of voting

The outcome of this year’s run-off election confirmed the election result of the first round of voting. While in the last election the seemingly clear-cut victory was lost during the 2nd round of voting, it was mostly representatives from the centre-right parties who prevailed in this election, even in the run-off. As a result, Lithuania will have a new government headed by Ingrida Šimonytė. The run-off election took place in 68 constituencies and only three candidates won their constituency during the first round of voting, including Šimonytė. In the run-off election, the party of the prospective future Prime Minister was successful in 26 constituencies. With a total of 74 representatives from parties of a potentially centre-right coalition versus 67 of the then opposition parties, there are great prospects for a successful term of office.

High hopes, low expectations – Brussels’ perspective on the future of Europe after COVID-19

Final report

On 1 July this year, Germany took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), at a time when the EU’s future hinges upon an apt European response to the COVID-19 crisis. What are the Brussels community’s main concerns and expectations of the German Presidency in light of the current situation and with respect to the EU’s long-term future?

Vereinte Nationen

Die Ziele der Nachhaltigen Entwicklung in Zeiten der Globalen Pandemie

Eine Bestandsaufnahme zur Agenda 2030 während der diesjährigen UN-Vollversammlung offenbart große Herausforderungen für die Weltgemeinschaft.

Zwei hochrangige multilaterale Konferenzen anläßlich der diesjähren 75. Sitzung der Vollversammlung der Vereinten Nationen (VN), der SDG-Moment und das Treffen der Staats- und Regierungstreffen zu Financing for Development, unternahmen den Versuch einer Bestandsaufnahme der Agenda 2030. Das Bild, das sie von der momentanen Situation zeichneten ist verstörend; jedoch gab sich die Weltgemeinschaft entschlossen, dem allgemeinen Pessimismus entgegenzutreten. Alle beteiligten Staaten und Institutionen riefen zu globaler Kooperation und Solidarität auf. Pünktlich zu ihrem 75. Geburtstag scheint die Stunde der Wahrheit für die Weltorganisation gekommen zu sein: Es herrscht Einigkeit, dass die VN und das multilaterale System niemals in ihrer Geschichte vor einer größeren Herausforderung standen. „COVID-19 hat die Grundfeste unserer Welt bis ins Mark erschüttert“ konstatierte Generalsekretär António Guterres.

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Geneva Barometer

Developments in the Geneva International Organisations mid-July – mid-October

The “Geneva Barometer” takes an occasional look at selected developments in the international organisations based in Geneva.


The Roberts Court

An Unconventional 2020 U.S. Supreme Court Term

With confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett underway three weeks ahead of the US elections, this analysis of the 2020 session of the United States Supreme Court highlights that Chief Justice John G Roberts aims to uphold the role of the Supreme Court as a fair and unbiased umpire.

Hang Pham

Synthesizing and Approving the Final Accounts of Provincial Budget

Experts share experiences in verifying and approving provincial budget with officers of people's councils and people's committees in the Northern region.

The National Assembly’s Finance and Budget Committee and KAS Vietnam jointly organized a seminar in Ha Long city in order to arm officials of People’s Councils and People’s Committee in the Northern region with the skills in synthesizing and approving the final accounts of provincial budget.

Addressing the Challenges of Urbanization in Africa

A Summary of the 2019 African Policy Circle Discussions

This publication is a joint output by the African Policy Circle, a group of civil society organizations and think tanks from Africa whose goal is to strengthen sub-Saharan voices in global, continental, regional, and national development debates as well as to promote good governance through critical reflection and innovative ideas. The African Policy Circle is supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi).


PISA banned from schools

Education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina

OECD has been implementing the PISA programme of international student assessment every three years since 2000. The number of participating countries has been continuously growing. This also applies to the acceptance of study findings and necessary changes in the education systems. With 79 participating countries and regions, PISA achieved the greatest international dissemination in 2018. Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the PISA study for the first time three years ago. Around 7,000 students from 138 schools in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FB&H), 70 schools from Republika Srpska (RS) and five schools from Brčko District took part in the international student assessment.

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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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