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2nd round of elections in France

Republican Front halts shift to the right at the last second

The second round of voting in France ended with a surprise. The right-wing alliance of Rassemblement National (RN) and Les Républicains led by Eric Ciotti (LR) did not achieve an absolute or relative majority, as was expected based on the results of the first round of voting, but only came third. The electoral alliance New Popular Front (Nouveau Front Populaire) won over 180 seats. The second force in the National Assembly will be the presidential alliance of Ensemble. Although this electoral alliance led by Gabriel Attal lost almost 100 MPs, it managed to retain more than 160 MPs thanks to tactical voting by the so-called Republican Front. The Rassemblement National party, which was hoping for an absolute majority and the office of prime minister after the second round of voting, gained 50 seats but ended up with fewer than 150 MPs. President Macron's surprise dissolution of parliament was intended to force a clear majority, but it did not work. No political party has an absolute majority. The next few days will be characterised by negotiations on the appointment of the prime minister and the distribution of key posts in the National Assembly. The euphoria over the less successful performance of the Rassemblement National could soon be followed by disillusionment and could bring unstable times to France

Citizen's Manual to Electronic Administrative Court Procedures

Innovation in Rule of Law

The Office of the Administrative Courts of Thailand, with support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Thailand Office, has created a "Citizen's Manual to Electronic Administrative Court Procedures." (in Thai). This guide helps both citizens and relevant government agencies understand and fully utilize the e-Admincourt system.

Conference Report: Energy, Trade and Climate Dialogue III: Opportunities to Link Sustainable Development and Economic Growth

19 April 2024, Maputo, Mozambique

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung hosted the “Energy, Trade and Climate Dialogue III: Opportunities to link sustainable development and economic growth” in Maputo, Mozambique.

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The start of a Labour era?

Dramatic defeat of the Tories in parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom

The Conservative Party under the previous Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was the big loser of the election. They lost 251 parliamentary seats, and with a vote share of 24.7%, they will only be represented by 121 seats in the British House of Commons in the future. On the winning side, a clear picture emerged: the Labour Party gained 211 seats and, with a vote share of 33.7%, will form the government with a total of 412 seats. Other winners included the Liberal Democrats, who, with 72 seats and 12.2%, achieved their best result in over 100 years. The right-wing populist Reform UK also made a statement with 14.3% of the vote, although they received only five mandates due to the British first-past-the-post system. The new government under Prime Minister Keir Starmer faces enormous challenges in domestic and foreign policy. The British Conservatives must first deal with a personnel and strategic party reboot in the opposition.

Konrad Adenauer School for Young Politicians KASYP Batch 16 (2025-2026)

Programme Information

The Konrad Adenauer School for Young Politicians (KASYP) is a capacity-development programme implemented by the Regional Programme Dialogue Asia of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KASPDA) since March 2010. Applications for the Konrad Adenauer School for Young Politicians (KASYP) - Batch 16 are open until 31st of August 2024. The application form should be emailed to Mr. Rey Uzhmar C. Padit (rey.padit@kas.de; kasyp.singapore@gmail.com).

Lagebericht Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

On July 4, 2024, the capital of Astana hosted the meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). President of Kazakhstan Tokayev met Xi Jinping and Putin and other foreign state officials. One of the key events was Belarus' accession to the SCO. For the first time, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, attended the SCO summit.

Stephan Raabe

Neuer Direktor der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Bosnien und Herzegowina

Stephan Raabe hat zum 1. Juli 2024 die Leitung des Büros der Stiftung in Sarajevo übernommen

Vorstellung des neuen Leiters der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Bosnien und Herzegowina

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Visit by the President of the Serbian National Assembly

Ana Brnabić for talks in Berlin

The President of the National Assembly and former Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, visited the Berlin headquarters of the KAS on 3 July 2024 with a parliamentary delegation from the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS). The exchange centred primarily on Serbia's EU accession process and the tense political situation in the Western Balkans.

KAS/Christiaan Endres

Goedgedacht helps establish peace committee

The relationship of Goedgedacht and KAS dates back numerous years, through the “Forums for Social Reflection”.

The Goedgedacht Forum’s focus is the “common good”. It seeks to contribute to a South African process, which strengthens democratic, participative institutions and movements; promotes peace and justice and strives for a harmonious society in which all of its people prosper and fulfil their potential as human beings. Further, it aims to bring a humane culture and to introduce and strengthen positive values in politics and civil society in general.

Impacts of Existing Policies on Low Emissions Development on Energy Sector in Malawi

The Initiative for Climate Action and Development (ICAD)

The 2021 update to Malawi's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) outlines priority climate actions until 2040, including strategies like the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) and the National Climate Change Management Policy (NCCMP). Aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, Malawi's Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS III) emphasizes energy's critical role in economic development. Achieving these goals requires a dedicated Low Emissions Development Strategy, better coordination, capacity building, and enhanced financing, targeting 85% emissions reduction by 2040 for a sustainable and resilient future.

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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.

kurzum

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.