Career opportunities at Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

Interested in an international career? Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the think-tank of the EPP, is now looking for a Junior Research Officer, based in Brussels. Read more

Continued protests in Venezuela

The economic problems are so long gone in Venezuela that debts have become a real threat to the country. The value of the currency decreases rapidly and inflation is going up. Foreign imports have ceased, resulting in empty shelves in stores around the country. Read more

Follow the developments in Ukraine

On October 26 new elections will take place in Ukraine. This will be the second transparent election in the country since the beginning of the EuroMaidan-protests in Kyiv, with the overthrow of Yanukovych’s government.
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Freedom House has released its 42nd edition of its annual report Freedom in the World – a global survey of political and civil rights. The report is the oldest and most authoritative of democracy and human rights.

The report finds an overall decline in the state of freedom for the ninth consecutive year. More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an increase of terrorist attacks contributed to the decline in global freedom in 2014.

As evidence of a growing disdain for democratic standards that was found in nearly all regions of the world, cites Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a rollback of democratic improvements in Egypt, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s intensified campaign against press freedom and civil society, and further centralisation of authority in China.

Read the press release at Freedom House’s website

Read the full report here


Participants during the first conference in Bazaleti

On January 21-22 and 23-24, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted two conferences in Georgia for political active youth from the Moderate party’s sister party United National Movement (UNM). The conferences revolved round party ideology and the road towards NATO and EU membership. The conferences were co-hosted by the International Republican Institute (IRI). (more…)

When the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, hosted a seminar on the development in Russia, held by famous Russian expert, Lilia Shevtsova, the hall was packed.

– I see Russia as a phenomenon. In that sense I agree with Putin, she started.

Lilia Shevtsova is one of the most prominent experts on Russia and its neighbors. She has written several books on Russian politics and she contributes regularly to foreign affairs debates. Last week, she visited Sweden to share her view on Putin, the occupation of Crimea and the Russian people’s attitude towards the worrying development.

The road to democracy has been more complicated and taken more time than we thought, Shevtsova introduced. Russia is struggling with both domestic and foreign policy problems. Traditionalism, nationalism and personalized leadership dominate together with imperial ambitions. (more…)

December 9, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk laid out one of the boldest and most impressive reform agendas that Ukraine has seen in its recent history. Yatsenyuk offered nearly everything a reformer could have asked for, and backed it up with a strong narrative to appeal Ukrainians. He presented Europe as the anchor, aim, and means of Ukraine’s reforms: “Our basic course is a European course…. Our final aim is Ukraine’s membership of the European Union. But to achieve that goal it is necessary to go through a serious test, to carry out radical changes and to make Ukraine European.”

Read the full commentary by Ander Åslund here

In cooperation with the Turkish think-tank, Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT), Jarl Hjalmarson arranged a weekend seminar on the basics of a democratic and free society. The conference took place in Istanbul, November 21-23, 2014 and gathered students from different parts of Turkey. (more…)

On December 3-5, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation invited representatives and leaders for the Moderate party’s sister organisations in the Balkans as well as other organisations and politicians concerned to a round-table conference in Stockholm. The red thread throughout the discussions were the recent developments in the region and the outlook for continuous European integration of the Balkan states into the European Union. Host of the conference was Göran Lennmarker, Chariman of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation. (more…)

JHS Winter School 2014 Balkan

Participants from the Balkans during the JHS Winter School 2014

November 11-18, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organised two conferences on ideology for political active youth from the Eastern Neighbourhood. The conferences were held in Nynäshamn, south of Stockholm. Topics at the conference treated the principles from our book Principles for a Free Society by Dr Nigel Ashford. (more…)

Östersund 2, serbiska deltagare

Visitors from Serbia during a campaign in Östersund, Northern Sweden

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…)

DUA Winter School 2014

DUA Winter School 2014, Kampala, Uganda

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