Moldova is going through a difficult time. Corruption scandals have followed each other, forming a government has failed repeatedly since the parlamentary elections in November 2014, and nearly one billion dollar, fifteen percent of Moldova’s GDP, has disappeared from one of the country’s banks, questioning the role of the Moldovan political elite. (more…)
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
July 2-3 and 4-5, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation invited women representatives from its co-operation organisation United National Movement (UNM) to two conferences in Sighnaghi, Georgia. The purpose of the conferences was to discuss and to encourage the construction and strengthening of a women network in the region of Kakheti. The conferences were co-hosted by the International Republican Institute (IRI). (more…)
In this Bertelsmann Foundation publication, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Anders Åslund argues that Western sanctions are having a significant impact on Russia’s economy.
Read the report here.
On June 12-14, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged a conference in Prevall, near Prizren in Kosovo for young political activists, focusing on how to combat corruption and how to promote economic growth. The conference was arranged in co-operation with Youth of Democratic League of Kosovo (FRLDK) which is the youth organisation of Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and co-operation partner of the Foundation. (more…)
Legislative elections will be held in Venezuela later this year, on December 6. The coalition of democrat opposition parties has grown stronger in recent opinion polls. After the announcement, the jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez decided to end his hunger strike, after 30 days. In a letter read by his wife Lilian Tintori, he wrote that “Hunger strikes are a method of resistance. We lift the strike but the fight continues.”
BPF Party supported nomination of Tatsiana Karatkevich as candidate for president in the Belarusian 2015 presidential electionsJune 25th, 2015 Belarus | News | Theme: Belarus
The BPF Party supported nomination of Tatsiana Karatkevich, who is a “Tell the Truth” campaign activist and Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) member, as candidate for president in the 2015 presidential elections. She would like to run as candidate for president not from a single organization, but from the whole “People’s Referendum” coalition.
Next presidential elections must take place no later than on November 20, 2015.
Read more about the nomination in the article posted on the BPF’s website.
Moldova is the country among the former Soviet republics that has the most positive view of EU. Recently, a number of Moldovan youth, had the chance to take part in an essay competition on European integration, organized by Transparency International. The aim of the competition was to spread knowledge about EU among young people. At the moment, widespread corruption is the biggest threat to successful EU integration for Moldova, according to Pirkka Tapiola, Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova, who visited the contest.
Anders Åslund writes about the war in Donbas and the costs it imposes on Ukraine. The economic and humanitarian situation in the Donbas is terrible. Ukraine cannot afford to pay large amounts of public expenses to a territory that it does not control and where it cannot collect taxes. Rebels have looted banks and ATM machines, Ukrainian citizens have to collect their pensions on territory controlled by the Ukrainian government.
BY ANDERS ÅSLUND
In an article published by Echo of Moscow on May 8, Leonid Gozman describes his impressions on the developments in Russian society. Read an English translation of the article here below. (more…)
On 26-27 February, female politicians from the Georgian opposition party, United National Movement (UNM) met in order to discuss how women could gain more influence in politics. The conference took place in the small village of Kachreti in eastern Georgia, and the women participating were from all over Georgia. At the moment there is no female Mayor in the country and women in rural areas have it most difficult to pursue a political career. However, all women said they were fighting against old structures and attitudes. (more…)