Reproductive health beyond the protests: Quo vadis, Europe?

In part one we wrote about the ongoing demonstrations against new restrictions on reproductive rights in Poland. We looked at the historical development, the influence of the Catholic Church and the chances of the current protests. Now, we want to contextualise the restrictions in Poland through commenting on the European responses to limitations to reproductive rights.

A Comment by Veronika Datzer and Nathalie Kornet

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Central bank digital currencies: The state of play in China and Asia-Pacific

Central banks across Asia-Pacific are in the process of building the world’s first central bank digital currencies (CBDC) and – with China at the helm of this monetary revolution – the future of money may soon become re-defined. This article will analyse the fast paced CBDC developments in the most dynamic region on earth.

A Comment by Thaddeus Jahn and Peter Müller

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10 NOV | Radio ATINATI Interview: “Increasing the involvement of young people living along the occupation line in democratic processes” – Subgrant project of #GEOYOUTH2020 participants

On 10 November, Radio Atinati interviewed three of our #GEOYOUTH2020 participants who were awarded a follow-up grant from the project budget to implement their own small project on youth involvement in the border region with the breakaway region of Abkhazia. Anna Kiknadze summed up their goals in English for you!

Our COVID-19 strategy: How Agora embraced digital transformation

Agora was founded on grassroots participation. For us, this means having open, inclusive discussions about foreign policy with people of all ages, backgrounds, and political views in order to influence foreign policy. Our in-person meet ups have been an integral part of our founding and continual growth. We prized the welcoming warmth of meeting together, in informal settings, to ask the big questions about our world.

A Comment by Preeti Pasricha and Bingxing Liu

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„Moja macica to nie kaplica – meine Gebärmutter ist keine Kapelle“

Das steht auf den Schildern einiger Demonstrierender, die zurzeit auf Polens Straßen ziehen und gegen die jüngsten Verschärfungen des Abtreibungsgesetzes demonstrieren. Immer mehr entwickeln sich die Proteste über ihr feministisches Ausgangsziel hinaus und nehmen die PiS-Regierung und die mächtige katholische Kirche ins Visier. Mit Erfolg? 

Ein Beitrag von Rebekka Pflug und Leonie Hopgood

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Participation for future: Youth in party politics in Germany, Georgia and beyond

Party politics is losing touch with civil society, most prominently youth. During the past months, we have discussed actions to include young people and their diverse positions on contemporary issues in politics with youth and young experts in Georgia and Germany. It has become clear that new forms of interaction between these increasingly disconnected groups are needed – and that the time is now!

A Comment by Frauke Seebass and Anna Kiknadze

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Eine Aufsicht gegen die “Schlupflöcher” des Binnenmarkts? Wie Europa gegen Geldwäsche vorgehen will

Ob Panama oder Paradise Papers, Lux oder Swiss Leaks, Russian oder Azerbaijani Laundromat und zu guter Letzt “Golden Visa” und “FinCEN Files”: Die letzten Jahre haben nicht wenige Skandale zu globaler Geldwäsche unter Beteiligung von Europas Banken und Jurisdiktionen ans Licht gebracht. Kann Deutschlands Vorsitz im Rat der EU die Bekämpfung von Geldwäsche auf EU-Ebene vorantreiben?

Ein Beitrag von Peter Müller

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Event Report | Feminism(s)| Part III: Feminism in Turkey

Together with Dr. Hürcan Asli Aksoy from the Centre for Advanced Turkey Studies (CATS) we discussed the history and waves of feminism in Turkey, its different manifestations and its fight to push back the pushback under the AKP government. Read our event report!

On a slippery slope: Mobility in the wake of Covid-19

The coronavirus brought the entire travel and mobility industry to a halt. Regional lockdowns and travel restrictions affect mobility on all levels, which leaves us wondering: do all forms of mobility suffer the same? Instead of focusing on one organisation, this time our focus goes to an entire industry. Are there sectors performing better during the pandemic and if so, what does that mean for the future of mobility?

A Comment by Kolin Schunck and Nicole Stein

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Brüsseler Bahnhof: Fernreisen: EU-AU-Beziehungen – eine Partnerschaft auf Augenhöhe?

Wie funktioniert die Afrikanische Union? Und wie gestalten sich die Beziehungen zwischen AU und EU? Darüber sprechen wir mit dem persönlichen Afrikabeauftragten der Bundeskanzlerin Günter Nooke (BMZ) und Mathias Mogge, ehrenamtliches Vorstandsmitglied bei VENRO und Generalsekretär der Welthungerhilfe. Außerdem dabei ist die ONE-Aktivistin Zigwai Tagwai.

Reine (Re)Form-Sache? Die Nachhaltigkeit der GAP in der Kritik

Vom 20. bis zum 23. Oktober hat der seit Juli unter deutschem Vorsitz stehende Rat der Europäischen Union über eine umfassende Reform der Gemeinsamen Agrarpolitik (GAP) abgestimmt. Die dieses Jahr anstehende strukturelle Überarbeitung hatte allerdings nicht nur den wie alle sieben Jahre “klassischen” Reformbedarf, sondern musste vielmehr Bezug auf die durch die Covid-19-Krise befeuerten Krisensymptome nehmen. 

Ein Beitrag von Lukas Seelig

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30 OCT | TV Pirveli Interview: „Youth passivity towards elections“

On 30th of October, one day before the parliamentary elections in Georgia, TV Pirveli dedicated a special segment to political participation of youth within the “Pirvelamde Nino Arazashviltan” programme to talk about problems and solutions to low participation of youth in elections. Nino Samkharadze from our joint project #GEOYOUTH2020 presented the findings and gave her assessment live on air.

May a hard Brexit clear the air after all?

Since the United Kingdom in 2016 voted not to remain in the European Union, Britain and the rest of Europe seem to move further apart, especially with a no-deal Brexit. Though we may learn more about each other during the transition period. I spoke to our sister-think tank in the UK about topics that are crucial in the eyes of young foreign policy experts.

An Interview with AK Glück and Agora

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Ist Deutschland bereit für vier weitere Jahre Trump?

Alle vier Jahre blickt die Welt gespannt auf die Wahlen eines Landes. So auch dieses Jahr, wenn in den USA wieder knapp 240 Millionen Wahlberechtigte zur Wahl des nächsten Präsidenten, des Repräsentantenhauses sowie 1/3 aller SenatorInnen aufgerufen sind. Ein Rückblick auf die US-Wahlnacht 2020 und ihre Bedeutung für die deutsche Außenpolitik.

Ein Beitrag von Esther Kern und Julius Kerkhoff

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Call for Participation – Online Residency for Data Experts and Artists

To strengthen social self-determination in the process of digitization and involve various perspectives in the reflection on and development of data-driven solutions and technical products, we initiate an #onlineresidency, in which 3-5 tandems of #dataexperts and #artists work together on questions concerning the handling of data in the EU.

Georgia’s youth is taking European association to another level

In this article, we highlight the role of Germany and #EU2020DE in the framework of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) with a focus on Georgia and our ongoing project #GEOYOUTH2020 – ‘Manifesto Engaging Youth in Politics in Georgia’, while discussing the role of funding for civil society cooperation to support democratisation processes in the region.

A Comment by AK Glück and Frauke Seebass

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O Captain! My Captain! – Navigating e-learning and its pitfalls

Remote working is hardly limited to paid labour or office work. Many people all over the globe spent their time working in education: in schools, universities, or vocational schools. Rising Covid-19 cases and consequential lockdowns in various countries forced educational institutions to adapt to a new way of management and teaching at an unprecedented scale. Often with varying degrees of success.

A Comment by Christoph M. Abels and Nicole Stein 

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21 OCT | #GEOYOUTH2020 Presentation and Discussion on Youth Participation in Politics

On 21 October, the team of #GEOYOUTH2020 invited experts and representatives of youth organisations to join our presentation of the Youth Manifesto which had been presented to party representatives in Tbilisi already in September. With the elections in Georgia less than two weeks away, speculations of future coalitions and consequences for the country’s youth were chief among the discussions in the Berlin Federal Centre for Political Education (LpB) and online.

Political apathy in Georgia: Why don’t young people vote?

As the 2020 Parliamentary Elections approach, low electoral and political participation among young people remains an issue. Topics of interest to young people are rarely addressed – either in party rhetoric, or at the level of governing. Additionally, young people, whose votes could influence the elections results, often do not participate in the electoral process – what is the reason for their low electoral participation?

A Comment by Nino Samkharadze

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