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…)

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…)

27 May, 2014
Thomas Gür, rådgivare åt Jarl Hjalmarson Stiftelsen och David Kramer, chef för Freedom House

Thomas Gür, Senior advisor to the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and David Kramer, President of Freedom House

Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a lunch seminar, May 27, on the developments in Ukraine with David J. Kramer, President of Freedom House.

Watch the seminar online

6 May, 2014

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…)

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.

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.


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.

Read more about the continuous developments in Ukraine with analyses and articles on out theme-site

Moldova is the country, among the former Soviet Union ones, that has succeeded the most in approaching the European Union. There is a strong support for European integration in the small state, situated between Romania and Ukraine, and independent in 1991. Russia has tried to involve Moldova in the Eurasia trade union but without success. Later in November, there will be election in Moldova and if the Communist Party comes to power, which is not to be excluded, the country might go in another, non-EU friendly direction. Today’s Moldova is governed by a coalition of liberal and social democratic parties. The party that Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation co-operates with, Partidul Liberal Democrat Din Moldova (PLDM) is part of the coalition. (more…)

December 12, Vladimir Putin held his annual address to the Russian Federal Assembly. Anders Åslund comments the speech and the developments in the country in Moscow Times.

Read the article Putin’s Conservative State Capitalism

It is important that the international community shows its clear support and stands up for all those who are taking a stand for freedom, openness and EU integration, says Christian Holm, Swedish MP and board member of the Jar Hjalmarson Foundation, commenting on the developments in Ukraine after the Vilnius summit. It is important to send clear signals to the President of Ukraine and the Government that we will not accept restrictions on freedom, human rights violations and a rolling back of democracy. (more…)