From an Instrument of Power Politics to Democratic Values

Decentralisation in Morocco

When Morocco’s new Constitution took effect on 1 July 2011, a considerable step was taken toward democratisation. In that respect, a decentralisation policy is also being implemented. In order for those measures to contribute to the sustainable stabilisation of the country, decentralisation must not be based on power and control. It should rather stem from the knowledge of the man’s dignity and his right to self-determination.

North Korean Refugees in South Korea

Arduous Escape and Difficult Integration

Since the division of states and the subsequent military conflict between North and South Korea, thousands of North Koreans fled their country in view of political repression and economic despair. Their target destination is South Korea. But there, refugees face a difficult integration. Prejudices, cultural differences and a modern life-style cause tensions.

The Relationship Between the Military and Society in Israel

The Entire Nation Is an Army, the Entire Country the Front Line

National security is inextricably linked with Israel’s political culture. In view of the Middle East conflict, the people and politicians regard a strong military as existentially important for the State of Israel. The army is reflected in society in many ways. In order to maintain this character, the Israeli Defense Forces have to take societal changes into account.

A People’s Party Reinvented?

The Dutch Christian Democrats

After the Dutch Christian Democrats suffered setbacks in past elections by agreeing to political compromises with right-wing populist parties, they avoided a further loss of votes in the European elections in May. By re-orientation and a return to their political roots the Christian Democrats make a change of policy.

Development and Social Security in Asia

The future of effective social security systems in Asia depends on economic development. Following an increase in labour productivity and domestic consumption a financially strong middle class may evolve and income disparities may be overcome. Therefore, an economic policy requires a stronger focus on quality and sustainability.

Development Partnerships

Significance of the Mittelstand for Sustainable Development

The German Mittelstand is without a doubt one of the cornerstones of a stable market economy. In the field of development cooperation, small and medium enterprises contribute to sustainable progress because of innovative thinking and strong commitment. However, when it comes to development partnerships, there is still potential to expand the scope of the private sector.

Development, social security and sustainable economies

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A variety of factors contributes to a well-functioning welfare state: a strong economic performance, external economic relations and a broad social security system. In Germany, these pillars are established. Other countries, for example in Sub-Saharan Africa or in Asia, face the challenge to balance social security and sustainable economic management.

Resource Wealth and Raw Materials Boom

Challenges for Governance and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

An abundance of resources in Sub-Saharan Africa will not necessarily lead to sustainable economic growth, to the contrary: The one-sided economic focus on the extraction of natural resources has consequences for the people and the environment. What needs to be done to avoid the “resource curse”?

20 Years of Democracy and the Fifth Parliamentary Elections in South Africa

In the latest parliamentary elections, the ruling African National Congress could once again assert its power. The high voter turnout demonstrated the importance of the young democracy to the South African people. However, the new government is facing major efforts to ensure the country’s economic and social situation do not deteriorate.

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