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Potentials of an Algerian-German Energy Partnership

Globale Energieengpässe als Machtinstrument

Algeria has resources and geographical conditions that make it an interesting energy partner for Europe. As a net exporter of electricity and a supplier of fossil fuels, Algeria could close supply gaps, and the country also has great potential in the field of renewable energies. Nevertheless, Algeria faces economic and implementation problems, and cooperation with Germany could be intensified.

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Iraq as an energy partner?

Global energy shortages as an instrument of power

Since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine, Germany has been looking for ways to diversify its energy imports. Iraq has extensive resources in fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas. So far, however, ties between Berlin and Baghdad in the energy sector have been weak - a circumstance that is unlikely to change in the near future. Nevertheless, Germany should work for a stronger partnership with the country in this area.

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Global Energy Markets and a Strategic Shift in the Gulf

Global energy shortages as an instrument of power

Since Russia's attack on Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the oil- and gas-rich Gulf states have been among the biggest beneficiaries of the global energy shortages caused by the halt in Russian oil and gas supplies to most Western countries. In the absence of alternative producers, the Gulf states have come back into focus as strategically important energy exporters. This has not only increased the geopolitical relevance of the oil and gas suppliers of the Arabian Peninsula, it has also provided them with considerable profits due to exploding energy prices and thus strengthened the financial influence of the Gulf states.


Between dialogue and resistance The conflict on the final word in the European judicial order

An analysis of current developments and conflicts between national constitutional courts and the European Court of Justice (ECJ)

Who has the final say on the question of the supremacy of European law? This question is explored in the following article, which builds on a lecture given at the Berlin Legal Policy Conference in October 2022. It examines a number of decisions of national supreme courts in recent years and, in particular, sheds light on the role of the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG).


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.

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e. V.

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.

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e. V.

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.