The Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation is right now hosting a number of study visits to the Swedish election campaign for youth politicians from Eastern Europe. The study visits intend to give the participants new experiences and ideas, as well as a good understanding of how an election can look like in a country with a long democratic tradition. (more…)
February 19, Swedish FM Carl Bildt presented this year’s Statement of Foreign Policy in the Swedish Parliament. Bildt further condemned the regime in Ukraine and the violence hitting the country. Read more
Venezuela is a country in crisis. The economic problems are so long gone that debts have become a real threat to the country. The value of the currency is decreasing rapidly and inflation is going up. Foreign imports have ceased, resulting in empty shelves in stores around the country. Read more
July 12 – 13, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted together with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Democratic Union of Africa (DUA) a Winter School for African youth. The conference was held in Kampala, Uganda, and aimed political active youth from centre-right political parties in Sub-Saharan Africa. (more…)
Tremendous amount of recourses are being spend in a try to overthrow the post-Cold War liberal order. The Russian intervention on the Crimean peninsula is just one example of authoritarian regimes try to redefine the definition of democracy and to return to the totalitarian past of the society. Jointly for these regimes is what they call the “containment democracy” doctrine, where the interest of the own nation with its corrupt authoritarian system has higher priority rather than a free society. The Russian intervention in Ukraine is just one piece in this greater ambition, of which Beijing, Riyadh and Teheran also stares as figureheads, where the word of democracy is being used to legitimate regular violations on the human rights.
Meanwhile these states try to spread their propaganda against a democratic world order; the countries of the West must continue their struggle with gaining a hearing of their views and ideas of a free society. It is therefore high time to perceive the seriousness and openly stand up for words such as democracy, peace and freedom in their full sense.
Read Christopher Walker’s commentary in The Washington Post here
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced last Saturday that a high level conference dedicated to the Western Balkans’ integration to the European Union will be held in August. The aim is to support the ‘forgotten’ EU enlargement process. Germany will invite all Balkan states to the conference in order to make clear that they want to support an integration of the whole region to the EU.
Read more at EurActiv here
On June 4, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a half-day seminar for elected representatives of the Moderate party. The participants came from all across Sweden and the purpose was to increase the knowledge about the Foundation’s international operations and to throw light upon the new challenges it stands before. (more…)
Meanwhile EU’s member states voted in the European elections, Presidential elections were held in Ukraine. As it became clear that the victory will go to Petro Poroshenko, many Ukrainians felt relieved. No second round was then to be expected. (more…)
Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a lunch seminar, May 27, on the developments in Ukraine with David J. Kramer, President of Freedom House.
May 2014, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation invited political active youth from the Balkans and Eastern Europe to a study visit in Sweden to be a part of the upcoming elections to the European Parliament. (more…)
May 6, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a lunch seminar in Stockholm on the recent political developments in Ukraine.
Oleh Rybachuk, former vice prime minister and chairman of the Centre UA, gav together with Anastasia Krasnolsilska, a central personality during the Maidan-protests from Centre for Independet Political Research in Kyiv, his view on the recent developments in the country with the escalation of violence from the of Russia supported separatists. (more…)
April 29, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a luncheon in Stockholm on the political developments in Georgia and the future for European integration.
David Bakradze, leader of United National Movement in the Georgian Parliament gave his views on the situation, together with his fellow MPs Tinatin Bokuchava and Giorgi Kandelaki, as well as Irakli Kavtaradze, deputy international secretary of the party. (more…)