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Presidential elections in Lithuania

Great support for the incumbent president Gitanas Nausėda

The renewed victory of incumbent President Nausėda came as no surprise: Nausėda received the highest level of support in the history of presidential elections to date. There were two established politicians in the run-off, both of whom achieved their goal: Šimonytė managed to reach the run-off round, and Nausėda improved on his result. In addition to the established candidates, several newcomers also took to the political stage in the elections, while the results of the openly pro-Russian candidates shook up the country. Given the upcoming parliamentary elections, the result should not be overestimated, but initial conclusions can still be drawn about the mood of the population.

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Assessment of Compliance of Election Manifestos for the 2024 South African National Elections

FW de Klerk Assessment with the Bill of Rights

In the lead-up to the National and Provincial Elections on 29 May 2024, anticipated to be the largest and most significant in recent memory, the FW de Klerk Foundation has embarked upon a project.

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Ghana's parliament passes anti-LGBTQ+ law

After more than 2½ years of deliberation, Ghana's parliament voted in favor of a new anti-LGBTQ+ law, dramatically worsening the situation for homosexuals and sexual minorities.

On January 31, 2021, supporters of the LGBTQ+ community opened an office in Ghana's capital Accra. The office was intended to be both a meeting place and a retreat. The opening, which was accompanied by media attention and a number of foreign ambassadors, quickly attracted a great deal of attention in Ghanaian society. The fierce criticism that followed not only led to the rapid closure of the center, but also to the introduction of a radical anti-LGBTQ+ bill in parliament. It was signed by eight MPs: seven from the opposition NDC (National Democratic Congress) and one from the ruling NPP (National Patriotic Party). Hon. Samuel Nartey George (NDC), who was a close advisor to former President John Mahama before his election as a Member of Parliament, is regarded as the initiator and main proponent of the bill. He classifies homosexuality as a "perversion" that must be severely punished.

Russian Disinformation & the 2024 European Elections: Understanding Strategies, Actors and Messages

by Christopher Nehring

The elections for the European Parliament in June 2024 will mark the first peak of the global super election year in Europe. In many countries, such as Bulgaria, national elections will also take place on the very same day. As election day approaches, it is crucial to address a significant and growing threat: Russian disinformation. In April 2024, the European Parliament issued a clear warning that Russia is once again using disinformation to influence the upcoming European elections.

Guía de Procedimiento Legislativo Plurinacional

Esta guía tiene como objetivo central el proporcionar algunos instrumentos útiles para los asambleístas plurinacionales, así como para el personal legislativo, buscando ser una herramienta de inducción que proporcione directrices útiles para las tareas más recurrentes en el ejercicio del trabajo legislativo.

Europäisches Parlament / Pietro Naj-Oleari

EPP-Party Barometer May 2024

The Situation of the European People’s Party in the EU

The EPP Party Barometer illustrates the strength of the European party families in current opinion polls - with a particular focus on the European People's Party (EPP).

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The business of poverty migration in Niger

A challenge for Europe too?

The European Union is expanding cooperations with Mediterranean countries from Tunisia to Egypt and Lebanon in a bid to stop boat departures from migrants. But pressure is building up in the Sahel since Niger’s military government re-opened the land route for Migrants to Liba and Algeria. Niger had banned in 2015 under pressure from the EU any help to migrants north of the smuggler hub of Agadez, effectively closing the route. Now with strained relations with the EU since a military coup in July 2023, Niamey has decided to legalize cross-border traffic again. More than 160,000 migrants have left Agadez for Libya and Algeria in the January-April period, UN estimates show. Most migrants are workers from Niger seeking only seasonal employment in Libya but others such as Nigerians will be trying to reach Italy via Libya.

Working Hand in Hand?

EU-UK Co-operation in Supporting Ukraine

The post-Brexit UK-EU Trade and Co-operation agreement does not include provisions on formal foreign policy co-operation. Even so, the UK, Germany and other EU countries have closely co-ordinated their response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They imposed a set of broad economic sanctions on Russia and provided Ukraine with extensive military and financial support. The key forums for political co-ordination between the UK and its European partners have been the G7 and NATO. This is largely because the US, a member of both organisations, has played a leading role in shaping the Western response to the conflict. Direct UK-EU co-operation has also been important, particularly on sanctions.

Catalysing Green Rural Job Creation

with Decentralised Renewable Energies in West Africa

Renewable energies are expected to account for 45 million direct jobs worldwide by 2050.

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Geneva Barometer

Developments among Geneva-based international organisations from January to May 2024

The ‘Geneva Barometer’ takes an occasional look at selected developments among international organizations based in Geneva.

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Facts and Findings

Selected contributions to the series with international relevance

The series informs in a concentrated form about important positions of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung on current topics. The individual issues present key findings and recommendations, offer brief analyses, explain the Foundation's further plans and name KAS contact persons.

 

International Reports

Journal for international issues, foreign policy and development cooperation

International Reports (IR) is the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's periodical on international politics. It offers political analyses by our experts in Berlin and from more than 100 offices across all regions of the world. Contributions by named authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editorial team.

EPP Party Barometer

The Situation of the European People's Party in the EU

The EPP Party Barometer illustrates the current situation of the EPP party family in the EU. On a non-regular basis, it provides a concise overview of current election results, polls from the member states and the composition of the party family.

Interviews

In our series "Interviews", talks and discussions are held with experts from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V. on various topics.

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Concise, reduced to the essentials, but always highly topical. In our series "kurzum", our experts summarise an issue or problem on a maximum of two pages.

Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a political foundation. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. The country reports offer current analyses, exclusive evaluations, background information and forecasts - provided by our international staff.

Event Reports

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at www.kas.de. In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.