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Shaping Democracy

Democratic institutions are increasingly under pressure – globally, throughout Europe and within Germany. We are committed to helping achieve diverse democracies with high levels of transparency, citizen participation, balanced budgets and sustainable policymaking.

Europe’s Future

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View at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Straßbourg.

Interview

Rule of Law in Poland and Hungary: "Our fundamental values are under attack"

Hungary and Poland are violating core principles of law in the EU and are neglecting the rulings of the European Court of Justice. What can be done? Viviane Reding, former Vice President of the European Commission and member of our Board of Trustees, in an interview. read more

International Governance

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Kurdische Flagge

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Kurdish Referendum causes Turbulences in the Middle East

With an overwhelming majority, the Kurds in northern Iraq have voted for state independence. The "yes" vote is highly symbolic, but not binding. Now the crucial issue is: in what form will the result play out politically? A commentary by our expert on the Middle East Christian Hanelt. read more

The newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron giving his victory speech on election night on May 7, 2017, in front of the Louvre in Paris.

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Macron's first 100 days: Convincing, but problems are already in sight

Emmanuel Macron is off to a convincing start as French president. Yet a crucial test awaits Macron at summer's end. read more

View from a mountain on the Tunisian peninsula Cap Bon on parts of the peninsula and the Mediterranean Sea which surrounds it.

Analysis

Our sea, our problems, our solutions

The consequences of the crises and conflicts among Europe's southern neighbours are being clearly felt here too. It is time for the EU to revive its Mediterranean policy, argues our Middle East expert Christian Hanelt. read more