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Digital Democracy in Action

How Greece Wants to Catch Up with Europe

The new government in Greece is not wasting time and has a clear plan to make up for the lost years of financial and economic turmoil. There is still a lot to do: in 2019, Greece ranked only 26th among the 28 EU member states on the European Commission Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). Without digitalising, and slashing its bloated and overstaffed bureaucracy, the country will not achieve its aim of becoming an attractive destination for investment. The current efforts offer the chance to change the perception of Greece as the sick man of Europe.

Dado Ruvić, Reuters


Digital Money for the Digital State

Facebook wants to enter the financial sector in 2020 with Libra, its cryptocurrency. With its two billion users worldwide, the social media company could become a serious actor overnight, developing clout that is comparable to that of traditional central banks. Several concerns have recently been expressed around the world, although even governments are developing e-currencies of their own.

Thomas Peter, Reuters

Invented in China

High Technology in the Service of Illiberalism

30 years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, international politics is facing some fundamental questions once again. Whereas during the Cold War it was the socialist doctrine of the USSR, now it is China’s digitally empowered authoritarianism that poses a challenge to the West. In this conflict between two different systems, the focus is no longer solely on military capabilities, but also on key digital technologies and emerging industries. If the West is to prevail, it has to make an objective assessment of China’s capacity to innovate and find answers that take the factuality of globalisation in research, innovation and business into account.

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Ludovic Orban erneut als Premierminister gewählt

Coronavirus beendet Pläne für Neuwahlen in Rumänien

In Rumänien wurde am 14.3. Ludovic Orban erneut und mit einer breiten Mehrheit von 286 Stimmen von Parlament als Premierminister bestätigt. Orban war seit dem 5.2. nur noch kommissarisch im Amt, nachdem er ein Misstrauensvotum gegen die eigene Regierung herbeigeführt hatte, um angesichts des faktischen Fehlens konstruktiver Mehrheiten im Parlament vorgezogene Neuwahlen zu ermöglichen. Unter dem Eindruck der sich verschärfenden Krise um die Verbreitung des Coronavirus bildete sich jedoch ein weitgehender Konsens unter den politischen Kräften, dass Rumänien jetzt eine stabile und reguläre Regierung brauche. Noch am Abend wurde Orban von Präsident Klaus Iohannis erneut vereidigt. Unterdessen hält das Coronavirus das Land in Atem. Präsident Iohannis rief noch am selben Abend den Notstand aus.

The Second Generation of Climate Minilateralism

Building a New Mitigation Alliance

With multilateral progress on climate change lagging behind, a range of “minilateral” climate alliances have emerged over the past years. However, most of these climate clubs only had a limited impact in practice. In order to accelerate global climate action, there is a need for a second generation of climate minilateralism – a new Mitigation Alliance that provides exclusive benefits, comprises enthusiastic actors, and is closely aligned with the Paris Agreement.

Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Reuters

Who Holds Sovereignty Over the Internet?

Social Media and Democracy in Africa

In Africa, the continent with the greatest democratic deficits, the internet, and above all social media, offers new opportunities for civic participation, transparency and public access to information. Yet the initial euphoria about the emancipatory potential of social media is increasingly being tempered by scepticism. It is hard to ignore the internet’s dark side, such as the spread of hate speech and fake news. Meanwhile, Africa’s autocratic regimes are becoming more adept at instrumentalising social media to serve their own ends.

Buchpräsentation "Wie Wahlen manipuliert werden"

Am Montag, dem 9. März 2020, wurde das Buch "Wie Wahlen manipuliert werden" von den Autoren Nic Cheesman & Brian Klaas präsentiert, das von der Konrad- Adenauer- Stiftung Albanien und Politiko auf Albanisch veröffentlicht wurde.

Regulating Artificial Intelligence in South Asia: Projections for the Future

Special Report on Artificial Intelligence

The India-EU Partnership: A New Era of Multilateral Cooperation

- by Aastha Kaul

Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung hosted the India-EU-Germany Dialogue on Effective Global Governance: A New Era of Multilateral Cooperation. The Dialogue carried an Indian delegation to exchange views on the future of multilateralism. The delegation visited three key European cities namely Geneva, Brussels & Berlin, each home to significant institutions that undergird the international governance architecture, where discussions explored potential avenues for India-EU multilateral cooperation on international, European, and bilateral levels.

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Weekly overview of developments in multilateral Geneva on COVID-19

(9 March - 12 March)

The WHO has classified the coronavirus illness COVID-19 as a pandemic - and is ask-ing member states to take an aggressive and offensive approach in order to stop its spread. Other Geneva based organisations are publishing reports on the initial eco-nomic consequences of the crisis. In the meantime, high-profile multilateral meet-ings in Geneva have been cancelled.

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Selected contributions to the series with international relevance

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Journal for international issues, foreign policy and development cooperation

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EPP Party Barometer

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

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