Per T. Ohlsson writes about the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall in the Swedish daily paper Sydsvenskan. In the list of reference litterature you find an anthology published by the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundationom “Demokratins triumf” (Triumph of Democary). A book that will be published in English during the first quarter of 2010

Read the article by Per T. Ohlsson in Swedish

A number of politically active young people from Ukraine visited Sweden during the EU-election campaign, May/June 2009.

Read about the visit in Alingsås Tidning (Swedish)

In the spring issue 2009 of the Swedish Bulletin, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation was presented.

Read the Swedish Bulletin

“With the invasion of Georgia the “feel-good” policy came to an abrupt end,” Mats Johansson, MP (M) writes in a review of Anders Åslund’s book Russia’s Capitalist Revolution – Why Market Reform Succeeded and Democracy Failed published by the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Johansson resumes: “… if not sooner the drastic deterioration of Russia’s inner- and foreign state of affairs during the Putin reign has convinced even the most incredulous that the cold war is back on track -though, in a new version and with a new content”.

At the end of April, Anders Åslund, in cooperation with Andrew Kuchins, will publish yet another book about Russia: Russia: The Balance Sheet.c

Don’t Forget Africa!

February 13th, 2009   Uncategorized

The world economy currently faces the most serious financial crises since the bust on Wall Street in 1929. The current situation is a huge contrast to the period of 2002-2007 when we experienced an unbroken expansion paved with record high growth rates. The global production increased by 5 percent annually, and the rate of trade doubled. As the golden years served to tie economies closer together, the turn of the bussiness cycle meant everyone was affected, writes Peter Stein. Nevertheless, he recognizes lights on the African continent, for example Botswana.

We get daily reports on how the crisis, which began in the US financial markets, also affects Europe, Asia and Latin America. Rarely, does the focus fall on Africa, the world’s least economically developed continent. And the explanation might be as simple as that. While Africa holds 14 percent of the world’s population, it only accounts for 3 percent of GDP, 2.5 percent of the global trade and 2.5 percent of incoming FDI (foreign direct investment). The financial flows into Africa mainly consist of foreign aid. (more…)

In this article Gustav Blix, member of the Swedish Parliament, discusses the EU parliamentary election campaigns in Romania and Sweden, and is somewhat appalled by the lack of interest. He claims “the key to a higher turn out rate is most likely to combine the dream of a joint, open and peaceful Europe and the strife towards improvement in everyday life” while adding that the young people of today “should be made aware that less than 20 years ago our part of the world was divided by an iron curtain which separated free democracies from authoritarian communist dictatorships.”

It all started at the Lenin docks in Gdansk, Poland. There, the democracy movement Solidarnost started their struggle against the Polish Communist one party state. After several years of strikes and protests, in spring 1989, the movement finally forced the regime to a round table dialogue on the future of the country, resulting in the election of a new parliament. The outcome of the in part free elections of June 4 – approximately 20 years ago – frightened the regime as the democracy movement won all mandates in the lower chamber , i.e. where the establishment have allowed competition. The election to the senate was to a larger extent free. Thus, the democratic movement won all mandates except one which went to an independent candidate. Several leading communists did not even achieve enough votes to qualify for the seats which had been reserved for them. Little did they understand that their time had finally come to an end.  (more…)

EU-Education in Croatia

February 1st, 2009   Uncategorized

Exporting EU-Education, is the headline in the December issue of Medborgaren, the member magazine published by Moderaterna. It tells the story about the Jarl Hjalmarsons Foundation tailoring education in cooperation with its sister party in Croatia.

Read the article in Swedish