After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court of Venezuela to take over legislative power from the National Assembly, where the democratic forces hold a majority, the situation in the country has remained tense. The court has reversed parts of the plan, but police officers and soldiers have harassed and attacked protesters against President Maduro. (more…)

Gunnar Hökmark and Maia Sandu during the seminar.

During the Moderate party’s annual regional congress, Sverigemötet, in Karlstad, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged a seminar on the political developments in Eastern Europe and how authoritarian regimes in our neighbouring countries could be prevailed.

The Moldovan Presidential Candidate Maia Sandu, party leader for the centre-right party Action and Solidarity Party in Moldova, was invited to give her views on the recent developments in the region. During the last year’s presidential elections, Sandu claimed 47.89 % of the popular votes in the second round-off. Sandu was the Minister for Education in Moldova 2012-2015 and worked before then as an advisor to the World Bank.

Gunnar Hökmark, Member of the European Parliament for the Moderate Party, gave his views on how decision makers in Sweden and Europe could support democracy and reforms among EU’s eastern neighbours. Hökmark has lifelong experiences promoting freedom and democracy in the Eastern neighbourhood.

The seminar in its entirety is available on YouTube here.

March 15-17, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a round-table conference in Visby on developments in EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood. The discussions focused on the shifting geopolitical landscape, current trends in the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia. Ukraine’s Vice PM Ivanna Klympush, Estonian Defence Minister Margus Tsahkna, Moderate Party Leader Anna Kinberg Batra and Carl Bildt, former Swedish PM and Foreign Minister, took part in the conference.

Youth Politicians from Macedonia outside Stockholm City Hall

February 21-25, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a study visit to Stockholm for a group of youth politicians from Macedonia. The program focused on local politics and the group met with representatives from the Moderate Party and the Moderate Youth League, and visited the Swedish Parliament as well as Stockholm City Hall.

Participants during the conference on Principles for a Free Society in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Participants during the conference on Principles for a Free Society in Baku, Azerbaijan.

As the totalitarian rule in Azerbaijan continues its oppression on the country’s democratic forces and imprisonment of journalists valuing the freedom of speech, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged on December 3-4 a conference on democratic and ideological values in Baku. The conference targeted members of the National Independence Party of Azerbaijan (NIPA) from all around the country. (more…)

On November 25-27, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a conference in Pristina, Kosovo, together with the youth branch of its co-operation organisation in the country, the Democratic League of Kosovo. The theme of the conference was Principles for a Free Society, and aimed to educate the co-operation organisation’s youth in democratic values and human rights. (more…)

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On December 1, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted the lunch seminar Venezuela – When will Maduro give way to democracy? The panel that discussed the developments in Venezuela included Carlos Eduardo Berrizbeitia, MP (Venezuela), Chairman, Special Committee to Investigate the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and José Ramón García Hernández, MP (Spain), Parliamentary Spokesman for Foreign Affairs, Partido Popular. The seminar was moderated by Christian Holm Barenfeld, MP and member of the Swedish Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. (more…)

On November 17 EU member states moved a step closer to giving Ukraine visa-free access after EU ambassadors gave the European Council a mandate to work with the European Parliament on a procedural mechanism.  (more…)

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On November 15, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted the seminar Russia – Trends, Challenges & The Future for the Democratic Opposition. The panel that discussed the developments in Russia included Mikhail Kasyanov, Former Prime Minister of Russia and Chairman of the PARNAS party, Ilya Ponomarev, Former Member of the State Duma, Lilia Shevtsova, Associate of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Chatham House and Karin Enström, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Swedish Parliament. The seminar was moderated by Stephen Nix, Eurasia Director at the International Republican Institute.  (more…)

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Participants from the Youth Force Union of the VMRO-DPMNE.

On October 29-30, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation held a conference on Political Communication and Campaign Strategies in Skopje. The conference was co-hosted by the Youth Force Union of the VMRO-DPMNE. (more…)