SDA

Youth conference on “EU and political branding” with participants from SDA in Bosnia and Herzegovina

March 21 – 23, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a conference for active political youth from SDA in cooperation with SDA Academy in Vogošća, Bosnia and Hercegovina. Almost twenty years after the Dayton Agreement, Bosnia and Herzegovina still stands before great challenges of which a deeper integration with the West is one of them.   (more…)

Unga politiker från Azerbajdzjan, Georgien, Moldavien, Sverige och Vitryssland

Youth Politicians from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Sweden

March 11-18, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted two conferences for youth politicians from Eastern Europe and Sweden, on the principles for a free society together with Nigel Ashford from Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. Basic concepts for a liberal democracy, as private property, free enterprise and toleration where among the issues discussed.
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11 April, 2014till13 April, 2014

April 11-13, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in cooperation with the political party LDK organises a conference for the party’s youth organisation on ideology and policy making, in Pristina, Kosovo. Pär Henriksson and Anders Edholm at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and Fredrik Johansson at Stockholm Chamber of Commerce will speak at the conference.

11 April, 2014till13 April, 2014

April 11-13, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in cooperation with the Turkish think-tank Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT) organises a conference for university students on ideology in Istanbul, Turkey. Mattias Svensson, editor at the Swedish paper NEO and Evelina Lorentzon, economist at Klarna with a background in the Swedish Confederation of Conservative and Liberal students and at the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation will speak at the conference, together with a number of Turkish academicians.

30 March, 2014

March 30, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in cooperation with the Azeri opposition party, National Independence Party of Azerbaijan (NIPA) organises a conference for the party’s youth politicians on European integration. The Swedish MPs Margareta Cederfelt and Gustaf Hoffstedt as well as Christian Gustavsson, deputy mayor of Linköping, will participate at the conference.

29 March, 2014

March 29, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in cooperation with the Azeri opposition party, National Independence Party of Azerbaijan (NIPA) organises a conference for the party’s local politicians on European integration. The Swedish MPs Margareta Cederfelt and Gustaf Hoffstedt as well as Christian Gustavsson, deputy mayor of Linköping, will participate at the conference.

21 March, 2014till23 March, 2014

March 21-23, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in cooperation with the Bosniak Party of Democratic Action (SDA) organises a conference for the party’s youth politicians on EU and political branding in Fojnica, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Clara Wahren, strategical advisor at Stockholm County Council and Jørn Haukøy, political advisor and entrepreneur with a background in the Norwegian conservative party will speak at the conference.

Anna-Maria Corazza Bildt talar på torget

Anna-Maria Corazza Bildt speaking at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm

Around 100 people gathered at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm, Monday, March 3, for a manifestation in support of freedom and democracy in Ukraine. A number of Swedish politicians participated at the event, among the speakers: Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin, Swedish MP from the Moderate Party  and Chairman of the Swedish delegation to the Council of Europe, the two Swedish MEPs Christofer Fjellner and Anna-Maria Corazza Bildt as well as Alice Hallman, Fredrik Norberg and Hugo Selling from the Confederation of Swedish Conservative and Liberal Students.

The manifestation, arranged by the student organization, was inspired by the movement for freedom and independence in the Baltic states in the 1990s. The goal is now to continue the support for Ukraine and other post-Soviet states in their struggle for independence and free, democratic governments.

Euromaidan

The Euromaidan protests against Viktor Yanukovych Photo: Nessa Gnatoush

February 21, the opposition in Ukraine met an agreement with President Viktor Yanukovych. The agreement ended up after mediation by the foreign ministers from France, Poland and Germany respectively into a resumption of the 2004 constitution and a promised promptly held re-election, in a try to avoid further escalation of violence between demonstrators and regime-friendly riot police. The opposition went into majority which also made the release of the former opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko possible after three years imprisonment. In the meantime the parliament of Ukraine, Verchovna Rada, voted down Viktor Yanukovych from his presidency through a declaration of no confidence.

The in the first sight successful revolution of the euro friendly opinion in the country was being looked at with disapproval from Russia, for whom the implementation of Ukraine in its own post-Soviet trade union together with Belarus and Kazakhstan has been seen as a natural step for its expansion, in disadvantage of the European Union and in directly counter to the will of the Ukrainian people. On February 28, the Russian Federation Council endorsed Vladimir Putin’s request on a military intervention in Ukraine and on March 1, Russian troops officially crossed the boarder with an occupation of the Crimea peninsula. The Russian threats against a free and democratic Ukraine with a closer European integration have been met for real.

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