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It's boiling in the Himalayas

Germany's turnaround must now lead to enhanced security cooperation with India

A battle between the world's two most populous states is looming on the border between India and China: at the end of 2022, a violent confrontation once again occurred between the two nuclear powers. The consequences of this conflict could be more far-reaching than German politicians have suspected so far. In any case, Germany started late in considering the Indo-Pacific as a security-relevant region. But instead of now consistently applying the conclusions of the turn of the times to India - especially against the backdrop of the Ukraine war - it remains mostly with declarations of friendship.


Israel Between Uproar and Paralysis

A part of the controversial judicial reform has been approved by the Israeli parliament following the first reading

In the early hours of Tuesday, 11 July 2023, a part of the controversial judicial reform – the Reasonableness Standard Bill” – has been approved after its first reading at the Knesset. Supporters of the now-initiated bill are hopeful that this will end what they deem an unjustified and undemocratic interference of the Supreme Court in government decisions. Critics, however, consider this step a threat to the separation of powers. Protests erupted inside and outside the Knesset as a result of the first reading of the bill. It should be noted that the demonstrations against the policies of the government, especially the judicial reform, now continue into their 27th week. A vibrant civil society consisting of different societal sector and political streams has been taking to the streets every single week since the beginning of this year to peacefully demonstrate for democratic values. Over the course of the past few weeks, these protests have been taking on a new dimension in the form of substantial road blocks and with tyres being burned. The response of the security forces, on the other hand, is growing increasingly firm. However, the protests shed light on other aspects as well. While the judicial reform might be a primary factor, these events also indicate the extent to which Israeli society is divided.


Clear path for Mirsiyoyev

The course set by the early presidential elections in Uzbekistan on July 9, 2023

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirsiyoyev has won the presidential elections in his country with a result of 87 per cent. These were early elections, which at the same time "annulled" the previous presidential terms. Mirsiyoyev could now theoretically run for another term as head of state in 2030. He has been in power in the Central Asian country since the death of the authoritarian long-term President Islam Karimov in 2017 and has opened Uzbekistan up to reforms.

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Elections in Sierra Leone in the context of geopolitical instability

Julius Maada Bio was re-elected as Sierra Leone's head of state on June 24, 2023, to lead the country of nearly 9 million people through tumultuous times

The results of the June 24 elections for the president, parliament and local mayors are out. The incumbent head of state Julius Maada Bio was reelected. He must now navigate his country of almost nine million through ever more stormy waters.

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Zugang zum französischen Bildungssystem für Menschen mit Behinderungen

Inklusion weltweit – Aktueller Stand aus Frankreich

Das französische Gleichheitsprinzip greift für Menschen mit Behinderungen, denen so eine gleichberechtigte Teilnahme am gesellschaftlichen Leben gewährleistet werden soll. Trotz zahlreicher Initiativen, die insbesondere in den letzten 20 Jahren Aufwind erfahren haben, ist es für Schüler und Studierende mit Behinderungen weiterhin vergleichsweise schwieriger, eine gleichberechtigte und faire Bildung und Zugang zum Arbeitsmarkt zu erhalten.

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Von Bevormundung zu Teilhabe – Menschen mit Behinderung in Chile

Inklusion weltweit – Aktueller Stand aus Chile

In Chile leben fast 3 Millionen Menschen mit einer Behinderung. Zwar gab es in den letzten Jahrzehnten merkliche Verbesserungen in Hinsicht auf Inklusion und Teilhabe, dennoch sind in Bereichen wie Eingliederung in den Arbeitsmarkt, Bildung, Zugang zum Gesundheitssystem sowie zum öffentlichen Raum noch deutliche Defizite zu vermerken. Auch die gesellschaftliche Sicht auf Menschen mit Behinderung befindet sich im Wandel.

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Kolumbien – Menschen mit Behinderung und Inklusion

Inklusion weltweit – Aktueller Stand aus Kolumbien

In Kolumbien leben ca. 8 % der Gesamtbevölkerung mit einer Behinderung. Wie überall auf der Welt sind diese Menschen mit besonderen Herausforderungen und Hindernissen konfrontiert, welche wir uns im Folgenden näher anschauen wollen. Gleichzeitig werfen wir einen Blick auf Staat und Gesellschaft: Wie werden Menschen mit Behinderung in die Gesellschaft integriert und was tut der Staat (oder was sollte er tun), um sie zu unterstützen?


New friends in the "eastern vector"

Upheaval in the foreign policy of Belarus

For decades, the foreign policy of the Republic of Belarus resembled a pendulum game between East and West. But following the crackdown on the peaceful protests in 2020, the "Ryanair incident" and the artificial migration crisis, the regime isolated itself from the West. Lukashenka's complicity in Russia's war of aggression also severed traditionally important ties with Ukraine. In the shadow of Moscow's crushing dominance, Minsk has recently made efforts to deepen its relations with countries of Central Asia, China and Iran. It remains to be seen how Lukashenka's "mediation" in the Wagner uprising will affect his foreign policy leeway.

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Erdrutschsieg und politische Fragmentierung

Die Niederlande nach den Provinzwahlen 2023

Erdrutschsieg und politische Fragmentierung – die Niederlande nach den Provinzwahlen 2023

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Guatemala has voted: Surprises and messages

Guatemalans cause historic runoff: two leftist parties fight for the presidency

Elections were held in Guatemala on 25 June: The President of the Republic, the Congress, 340 mayors and municipal councillors as well as the members of the Central American Parliament (Parlacen). Since none of the presidential candidates achieved an absolute majority, the second round will take place on 20 August. The second round of voting will take place on 20 August, but not in the constellation predicted by the polls. For the first time in Guatemala's democratic history, candidates from two parties belonging to the moderate left-wing spectrum, Sandra Torres (UNE) and Bernardo Arévalo (SEMILLA), are standing in the run-off. While a number of detailed results for the congressional and municipal elections are still awaited, one thing is clear: these elections have provided some surprises, contain a clear message to the political class as a whole and ensure two more exciting months before the 2nd round of elections.

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