Publications on subject of representation and participation

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Libya's fateful year

Where does Libya stand one year after the Berlin Libya Conference?

2020 Libya set an important course for achieving (security-relevant) political and economic progress towards a sustainable political solution to the conflict that has been ongoing since 2011. The Berlin Conference on Libya convened by Chancellor Merkel on 19 January 2020 was a significant contribution on that way. Parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled to take place in the North African country on 24 December 2021. The first weeks of this year will show whether this remains a realistic scenario. If the agreed deadline to withdraw all foreign fighters from Libya by 21 January is not met, Libya will once again start an uncertain and probably turbulent year.

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Historic day for Swiss Christian Democrats – Merger and Farewell to the “C”

The Assembly of Delegates of the CVP decides by a clear majority to rename the party “Die Mitte” (“The Centre”) and merge with the centrist party BDP

The Swiss Christian Democrats of the CVP vote for change. At their Assembly of Delegates on 28 November (conducted in a decentralised fashion), the party took two historic decisions. Firstly, the delegates confirmed by a clear majority the vote of the party members in the October ballot and voted in favour of changing the party’s name to “Die Mitte – Freiheit, Solidarität und Verantwortung” (“The Centre – Freedom, Solidarity and Responsibility”). This cleared the way for the merger of the CVP with the smaller moderate party BDP. The merger will thus come into force on the 1st of January 2021.

European Union

Light and Shadows – An Analysis of the EU’s Preconditions for Albania

Entering EU accession talks with Albania is subject to fulfilling the six preconditions – even if progress has been made, central points have not yet been fully met.

After the German Bundestag had established conditions for entering accession negotiations with Albania already in September 2019, the Council of the European Union (EU) followed suit in March 2020. The Ministers for Europe of the 27 EU states adopted and supplemented demands from the Bundestag so that the West Balkan state must now fulfil 15 conditions before the individual negotiations chapters or clusters can be opened. Six of which still need to be fulfilled prior to beginning the 1st intergovernmental conference. Even though great hopes were placed on these six conditions being fulfilled before the end of 2020 and, thus, on the conference taking place as part of the German EU Council Presidency, the chances of this are currently dwindling. A more detailed analysis on the status of fulfilling the six preconditions shows that Albania has made some good progress over the last half year, though some central points have not yet been fully met.

Hacking the Electorate

On the Use of Personal Data in Political Campaigning

Datengetriebene politische Kampagnen sind kein neues Phänomen. Sie bedienen sich vielfältiger Werkzeuge, haben Zugriff auf immer mehr Daten und sind in der Lage, Wähler zu beeinflussen. Demokratie und Rechtstaat sind weltweit herausgefordert. Eduardo Magrani, EIZ Fellow 2019/2020 der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, untersucht anhand eines Vergleichs des europäischen und des brasilianischen Rechtsrahmens die Digitalisierung demokratischer Prozesse.

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Algeria's Cautious Political Opening

Country report in German available only

Country report in German available only


The Roberts Court

An Unconventional 2020 U.S. Supreme Court Term

With confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett underway three weeks ahead of the US elections, this analysis of the 2020 session of the United States Supreme Court highlights that Chief Justice John G Roberts aims to uphold the role of the Supreme Court as a fair and unbiased umpire.

"Damit mal was los ist"

Ethnographische Erkundungen über öffentliche Orte in Dörfern Ostdeutschlands

"Ohne die Kommunen ist in Europa kein Staat zu machen"

Ein Interview mit Dr. Gerd Landsberg

Teil der Interview-Reihe "Krise als Chance"


"Wirklich überraschend kam die Eskalation nicht"

Paul Linnarz, Leiter unseres Büros in Washington, im Interview über die Ereignisse

Anhänger des abgewählten amerikanischen Präsidenten Donald Trump haben gestern das Kapitol gestürmt. Die gemeinsame Sitzung von Senat und Repräsentantenhaus zur Zertifizierung der Präsidentschaftswahlergebnisse musste unterbrochen werden. Nach Polizeiangaben kamen vier Menschen ums Leben. "Zu dieser Stunde wird unsere Demokratie beispiellos angegriffen", erklärte der gewählte US-Präsident Joe Biden angesichts der Ereignisse, "ich bin wirklich schockiert und traurig, dass unsere Nation - so lange Leuchtfeuer und Hoffnung für Demokratie - an so einem dunklen Moment angekommen ist."


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