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A Stability Union or a Debt Union?

A Strategic Decision for Europe

Europe faces major investments in the future, but also mountains of debt. For this reason, it is crucial to align digital and environmental transformation with a stability-oriented fiscal policy. How is this aspiration reflected in the differing economic traditions of the EU member states? What steps need to be taken to create a stability union rather than a debt union?

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Challenges for Sweden one year after forming the government

Government loses support, Sweden Democrats make gains

The Kristersson government has been in office for a year with the support of the right-wing nationalist Sweden Democrats under the Tidö-Agreement.

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"Swish and Vote" in Estonia

Voting via smartphone soon?

After five years, the European Parliament elections will be held again in 2024. From June 6th to June 9th, 2024, over 448 million Europeans will be asked to cast their votes for various parties. People in Estonia are waiting with anticipation for the next European elections. If the current Estonian government of the Kallas III cabinet (centre-left coalition) is successful, Estonians will be able to cast their votes via smartphone for the first time in this election. Is this the next step in the progressive digitalisation of the country, or a neck-breaking move at the expense of democracy?

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Preliminary report on the elections in Serbia

Possible changes due to early parliamentary elections

On December 17 Serbia will hold early Parliamentary Elections, Local Elections for 65 municipalities and Regional Elections for the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. The elections are a result of societal and political tensions, which were sharpened following two mass shootings in Belgrade and Mladenovac in May 2023 and the intensified tensions with Kosovo. The short and intensive election campaign is marked by increasing polarization. Regardless of the results, Serbia will face great internal and external political challenges in the coming year.

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Social Ethics in Practice – Shaping Climate Protection Globally

An Interdisciplinary View of Climate Justice – Reflections on Partnership for Global Solutions

Global climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our time. In 'Social Ethics in Practice – Shaping Climate Protection Globally Justice', a collaborative project of the Catholic Social Academy Franz Wärme Haus, the Academy Die Wolfsburg and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, experts from various disciplines look at this crisis through the prism of social ethics. They will discuss the role of the state and the market, the social dimension of climate policy and possibilities for climate protection at the municipal level. This work sheds light on the need for socially acceptable, interdisciplinary approaches for a fair design of climate protection.

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Fluch und Segen

Goldreichtum in der Sahelregion

Die Sahelregion ist extrem reich an Gold. Doch Regierungen und große Teile der Bevölkerung profitieren nur wenig vom Goldabbau. Hauptprofiteure sind industrielle Firmen, individuelle Goldschürfer, Schmuggler, korrupte Staatsdiener und bewaffnete Gruppen wie Dschihadisten. Gold entwickelt sich immer mehr zum Treiber von Konflikten und Migration in der Region.

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Anti-Semitic alliances

Postmodern criticism of Israel and hatred of Jews in new contexts as a challenge for political education work

Greta Thunberg's reaction to the Hamas massacre of Israeli civilians has shocked and surprised some observers in Germany. There was talk of the "fall of the climate icon". In fact, the statements made by Thunberg and many of her fellow campaigners in the global climate protection movement are shocking - but they are not surprising. For years, campaigners against climate change have also been positioning themselves on the side of pro-Palestinian activists. They are part of a long line of progressive, left-wing, activist and other movements that integrate pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel[1] and anti-Semitic positions and narratives into their fight for an actual or supposedly better world. Anti-racism groups, activism from the spectrum of queer feminism, postcolonial theorists, identitarian conspiracy thinkers and Islamists pursue very different and sometimes diametrically opposed goals. However, many of them are united by their criticism of Israel and some by their hatred of Jews. This is an enormous challenge for the global fight against anti-Semitism. In the wake of postmodern theoretical approaches, chains of argumentation and forms of activism, anti-Semitic narratives and myths penetrate seemingly unsuspicious social and political contexts. This often happens unnoticed and without reflection. Although the core of anti-Semitism remains the perception of Jews expressed as hatred, it is changing its form and context. The tried and tested instruments for combating anti-Semitism that have been established in Germany for decades - such as discussions with contemporary witnesses, trips to memorial sites or remembrance work - must therefore be supplemented by additional methods and instruments. This text offers a classification of anti-Semitic forms and approaches in the context of postmodern forms of theory formation and activism, shows the individual anti-Semitic bridging narratives of these activisms and formulates considerations for dealing with these new forms and contexts of anti-Semitism.

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Russia in the Middle East

Strategies and Interests

Hamas' terrorist attack on Israel and the resurgence of a hot Middle East conflict in October 2023 is attracting the attention not only of regional actors but also of the global community. Russia's reaction in particular is being watched with great interest. Russia, as the legal successor state of the Soviet Union, has a deep-rooted history of engagement in the Middle East. In addition to current Russian reactions to the Middle East conflict, this report is dedicated to the historical role of the Soviet Union and Russia in the region and highlights Russian interests in the Middle East.

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation in figures 2023

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We present interesting facts about the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in the current issue of the publication " Die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Zahlen 2023 ". Are you interested in the current thematic focuses and research content of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung? Would you like to know more about our recent publications and events? We give you an insight into the number of scholarship holders we support and the digitisation of our archive material or an overview of the KAS Fellows of past years. We show you our KAS Awards and a selection of our podcasts. Read more about our magazines and the development of our social media channels.

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Neuer Vorstand der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Wahl bei der Mitgliederversammlung am 1. Dezember 2023

Die Mitgliederversammlung der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung hat am 1. Dezember 2023 den Vorstand der Stiftung gewählt und Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert in seinem Amt als Vorsitzender der Stiftung bestätigt. Hermann Gröhe MdB wurde ebenfalls in seinem Amt als stellvertretender Vorsitzende bestätigt wie auch Dr. Christoph Brand im Amt des Schatzmeisters. Neu gewählt wurden die stellvertretenden Vorsitzenden Prof. Dr. Verena Blechinger-Talcott, Professorin für Politik und Wirtschaft Japans an der FU Berlin, und Dr. Tamara Zieschang, Ministerin für Inneres und Sport des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt.

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