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Electorate survey prior to the federal elections in 2021

Results of a representative survey on political views

The electorate survey investigated fundamental structures and views of eligible voters. What forms of party affiliation exist? And how are they constituted?

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Pragmatic Giants

On the Development Policy of the Gulf States: Motives, Priorities and the Potential for Cooperation

With the "Monitor Development Policy" series, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung aims to shed light on the role of non-traditional donors in development cooperation. This time we take a look at the Gulf States, whose development policy, compared to traditional donors, has its own logic and goals.

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Sustainable forest management

Sustainable forest management protects the most important ecosystem services in the forest and enables adaptation to climate change.

Forests are recreational areas, provide diverse ecosystem services and are considered to be an important economic factor with diverse income opportunities. The condition of our forests is worrying: storms, forest fires, bark beetle infestations and the droughts of recent years have affected them. What can sustainable forest management look like against the background of increased expectations of environmental and climate protection?

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A Double-Edged Chinese Sword

China’s Development Cooperation as a Challenge and an Opportunity

The People's Republic of China is still an OECD-classified developing country. At the same time, the world's second largest economy has become one of the largest donors in development cooperation in recent years. China defines itself as a development partner in the South-South cooperation and is promoting its economic and geostrategic ambitions within this framework. For German development policy, this approach presents both: a challenge and an opportunity.


Interview mit Ruprecht Polenz über die Debattenkultur in den Sozialen Medien

Ruprecht Polenz war während seiner politischen Tätigkeit vierzehn Jahre Mitglied und Vorsitzender des ZDF-Fernsehrats

Daphne Wolter interviewt den Medienpolitiker Ruprecht Polenz. Sie spricht mit ihm über Zivilcourage im Netz, wie wir eine bessere Debattenkultur erreichen und wer über Meinungsfreiheit im Netz entscheidet.

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Climate Protection made in Karlsruhe

The Federal Constitutional Court as an International Trendsetter?

The Climate Decision has attracted widespread international attention. To secure future freedom, the German state needs to pursue an internationally oriented climate protection policy with the goal of climate neutrality. International obligations from the Paris Climate Agreement and scientific findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) play a central role in the climate protection obligations that the Federal Constitutional Court has been drawn from the Basic Law.

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International Trade and Sustainability

In terms of sustainability, global trade is already better than its reputation suggests – but a clear set of rules can further improve this

The concept of sustainability encompasses the dimensions of ecology, economy and social issues in a holistic way. International trade, too, can hardly be viewed separately from issues of sustainability. If the effects are viewed spatially on a local, regional and global level, international trade with a focus on the social and ecological dimension appears to be advantageous overall, but there is a need for action with regard to the ecological dimension.

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Freizügigkeit 2.0

Bringt der digitale grüne Nachweis jetzt das Reisen nach Europa zurück?

Mitte März hat die EU-Kommission ihren Vorschlag für ein „Digital Green Certificate“ (auch „digitaler grüner Nachweis“ ) als Teil der „Wiedereröffnungsstrategie“ der Europäischen Union vorgestellt. Wie soll der Nachweis funktionieren? Und könnte dieser einen organisierten und strukturierten Personenverkehr innerhalb der Europäischen Union in Zeiten der Pandemie gewährleisten?

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Where We Are with Tackling the Pandemic on World Health Day 2021

With its motto „Building a fairer, healthier world“, the WHO advocates more equity in access to health care

In addition to millions of people who were killed by the COVID-19 pandemic or who were infected with the virus, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund estimate that the economic and social consequences of the crisis will also be immense.

Vereinte Nationen

German Sustainability Strategy 2021

Are we on the right track?

The update of the German Sustainability Strategy (DNS) was published on March 10, 2021 and comes at an important time. The key document for Germany's sustainability policy must be measured by whether, under pandemic conditions, the implementation of the 17 sustainability goals (SDGs) can still be successful by 2030.

About this series

The Monitor series deals with one main topic at a time from the perspective of KAS experts and places it in the political and social context on the basis of a few key points.

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The current main topics are “Development policy”, “Sustainability” and “Election and social research”. The contributions of these sub-series are presented for you on separate overview pages in addition to the overall series.