Publications on the topic of “Democracy needs Participation”


Parliamentary Elections in Greece

Stability or Deadlock?

On May 21, 2023, Greece is going to elect a new Parliament. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has asked the President to dissolve the Vouli at the end of his 4-year term. There is a good chance that Mitsotakis will remain Prime Minister and be able to stay his course of stability, progress and growth; but opposition leader Tsipras is also trying to form a possible coalition of up to four parties. However, due to the changed electoral law and some uncertainties, a second ballot will very likely be necessary before a new government is formed.

KAS / Carmen Ramírez

Paraguay's political power machine keeps on running

In the elections, the "Colorados" maintain their political dominance in the South American landlocked country

Paraguay's voters have given the clietelistic-conservative Colorado Party an outright victory. Its candidate Santiago Peña was not only newly elected to the presidency with a clear majority, but can also count on an absolute majority in both chambers of parliament in the future. While a right-wing anti-establishment candidate performed surprisingly well, the political left and also the center are the big losers of these elections. The most important challenge facing the young new head of state will be to fulfill his promise of political renewal. His closeness to the former head of state Horacio Cartés, who has been accused of corruption, is his blind spot in this regard.

Adobe Stock / PureSolution

Knowledge providers, translation aides and advisors

An explorative study on expert participation in citizens’ councils and related participation processes

In research as well as in the political debate on consultative participation procedures such as citizens' councils, the discourse frequently centers on possible advantages and drawbacks of the procedures themselves, as well as on questions of legitimacy, decision-making competence, and effectiveness. However, researchers and policymakers rarely address the specific involvement of experts, and there has been little research conducted in this area. This publication aims to address this gap by exploring the functions that experts perform in consultative participation processes, identifying different role-profiles, and examining how experts perceive their role in practice.

Polityczny portret młodych Polaków 2023

Raport badawczy

Adam Kądziela, doktorant WNPiSM Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, jest autorem raportu badawczego na temat zachowań politycznych młodego pokolenia Polaków. Istotne jest, iż wyniki te sporządzone zostały na podstawie wywiadów przeprowadzonych przez Centrum Badań Markentingowych Indcator. Fundacja Adenauera jest partnerem tego projektu.


Jahresbericht 2022

Einblicke in das Jahr 2022 der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Vor dem Hintergrund des Krieges haben sich unsere Kernthemen – Sicherheit, Innovation sowie Repräsentation und Partizipation – im vergangenen Jahr abermals in höchs­tem Maße bewährt. Sie haben unserer Arbeit die notwendige Orientierung in unruhigen Zeiten gegeben. Wir konnten unsere Positionen schärfen und gezielt der Öffentlichkeit vermitteln.

Why Georgia is important

Georgia looks west, Europe should look east

Federal Foreign Minister Baerbock travels to Tbilisi. The visit comes at an important time: last July, the EU held out the prospect of candidate status to Georgia and made it conditional on Georgia's compliance with twelve recommendations, primarily in the areas of the rule of law and the fight against corruption. The most important point related to the depolarisation of the political debate in the country, which escalated in early March with mass protests against a law on agents planned by the government. Once again, Georgians demonstrated impressively that they want to join the EU. For Europe, the country is an important ally in a complicated region surrounded by authoritarian-ruled states (Russia, Iran) and semi-authoritarian-ruled states (Turkey). Georgia is also a key country in the so-called Middle Corridor, an alternative transport link for the movement of goods between East and West that has become crucial to global supply chains as Russia has become isolated.

IMAGO / allefarben-foto

Nach der Reform ist vor der Reform

Droht eine dauerhafte Politisierung des Wahlrechts?

Die Reform des Wahlrechts zur Verkleinerung des Bundestages, die von der Ampelregierung verabschiedet wurde, hat eine hitzige Debatte ausgelöst. Professor Grzeszick äußert sich im Interview zu der Frage, wie es jetzt weitergeht und ob wir uns auf „amerikanische Verhältnisse“ einstellen müssen.

Adobe Stock/ Tortsen Pursche

The Taliban’s Takeover in Afghanistan

Effects on Global Jihad

Almost two years after the collapse of the government and the takeover by the Taliban in Kabul, the situation in Afghanistan has worsened drastically and is of grave concern to the international community. With millions of people needing humanitarian assistance and severe human rights abuses, the security and terrorist dimension of this development, should not be underestimated. The following publication addresses this complex of issues from different perspectives: The situation in Afghanistan, the effects in the regional and international context, and the consequences for Germany and the European Union.

Pressebüro Nikos Christodoulides

New start in Cyprus: Nikos Christodoulides is the island's new president

Cyprus after the election

On the last day of February 2023, Nikos Christodoulides was officially sworn in as President of the Republic of Cyprus. Two days earlier, he published the members of his government. Cyprus experienced an election campaign unprecedented in decades, which brought a surprise in the 1st round and the danger of erosion for the previously ruling party DISY.

Reuters / Irakli Gedenidze

Protests escalate in Georgia against Russian agent law

First the Georgian government introduces the so-called agents law, then it withdraws it after massive protests. But this seems to be a play for time.

In Georgia, 8 March is a holiday on which women in particular are traditionally given flowers. This year it was different in the capital Tbilisi: Instead of flowers, many young Georgian women received tear gas and water cannons. A large, peaceful demonstration, carried mainly by students, was violently broken up during the night by a brutal intervention of special police units. Apparently surprised by the massive pressure from the street, the ruling party withdrew the law, but the "red line" may have already been crossed.