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Climate Change and Public Health

The world is changing – unsettlingly quickly, and largely as a result of human activity. The effects of climate change can already be felt today, and natural disasters are common events. Climate change greatly affects our health. Accordingly, it is important not only to reduce greenhouse gases, but also to prepare for the weather- and climate change-related consequences, and adapt to them. A climate-resilient health policy will be necessary.

Editorial

“Whether for humanitarian, development policy, economic reasons or out of self-interest, it is necessary to contain the spread of diseases. As a community of nations, we have a joint responsibility to do so”, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin this May.

Eine Analyse der Wahlen in Belgien

Die gleichzeitige Wahl der drei Regionalparlamente, des föderalen Parlaments und des Europäischen Parlaments in Belgien am 26. Mai 2019 wird nicht so schnell in Vergessenheit geraten. Die scheidende Mehrheit aus flämischen Nationalisten, Liberalen und Christdemokraten hat ihre Mehrheit auf föderaler Ebene deutlich verloren. Die Grünen gewannen zwar Stimmen dazu, allerdings deutlich weniger als erwartet. Die tatsächlichen Sieger der Wahlnacht waren die beiden Parteien am Rande des politischen Spektrums: der rechtsextreme Vlaams Belang in Flandern und die linksextreme PTB/PVDA in Wallonien. Zweifellos wird dies die Koalitionsverhandlungen, insbesondere auf föderaler Ebene, sehr schwierig gestalten.

Germany Has to Invest Even More in Global Health

For some time, Germany has been extremely active in the field of global health and has contributed greatly to shaping central elements of global health structures. Nevertheless, Germany should continue to invest in expanding global health infrastructure and coordinate its own activities even more closely than it has in the past.

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Korea und die USA: Fortschritte in der Diplomatie zwischen Trump, Kim und Moon?

Was das Treffen zwischen den Staatschefs an der innerkoreanischen Grenze gebracht hat

Donald Trump und Kim Jong-un haben sich am 30. Juni 2019 zu einem historischen Gespräch an der Grenze zwischen Süd- und Nordkorea in der Demilitarisierten Zone (DMZ) getroffen. Zeitweise war auch der südkoreanische Präsident Moon Jae-in zugegen. Die Idee für ein trilaterales Treffen der Staats- und Regierungschefs aus den USA, Süd- und Nordkorea ist nicht neu.

Pandemics: How Well-Prepared Is the EU?

Epidemics and pandemics pose a real danger in the highly connected 21st century. Densely populated areas like the EU, with lively exchange of goods and services, are especially susceptible to the rapid spread of infectious diseases. The good news is: we can prepare ourselves – but it won’t be easy.

The Forgotten Crisis

Health Policy in South Africa and Dealing with ­HIV

­HIV is one of the most devastating pandemics of our time. South Africa – the country with one fifth of the world’s ­HIV cases – has made some progress. However, that could change, if not as many HIV-positive South Africans as possible are taking antiretroviral medication regularly or if risky behaviour increases and awareness of the problem decreases. First signs for this can be found right now already.

Ulaanbaatar Is Suffocating in Smog

Air Pollution Causes Serious Health Problems in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia is not just the coldest capital city in the world. In 2016, this city of over a million inhabitants also overtook New Delhi and Beijing as the capital with the highest levels of air pollution. Politicians recognise the problem but seem largely powerless to act. The city’s residents are becoming increasingly frustrated.

Comparing Carbon Pricing Models

How can Germany Achieve its Climate Targets Sustainably?

Carbon pricing in sectors not covered by the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) are supposed to contribute to achieving Germany’s climate targets.

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Germany and the World: Global Trends and Future Challenges for German Politics

In a globally networked world of ever closer connections between people, goods, capital and services, Germany’s future depends on how early it identifies new trends and challenges. This is essential in order to lay the groundwork for political decisions that will positively shape Germany’s and Europe’s framework conditions for freedom and democracy, innovation, economic competitiveness and both internal and external security. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has, thus, surveyed its international network of staff posted in more than 100 countries around the globe. A number of trends were identified Germany needs to be prepared to respond to.

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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.