Posts tagged as democracy

Hong Kong leader renews appeal for dialogue with protesters

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday renewed an appeal to pro-democracy protesters to halt violence and engage in dialogue, as the city’s richest man urged the government to provide a way out for the mostly young demonstrators. The government last week promised to axe an extradition bill that sparked three months of protests but failed to placate protesters, whose demands also include democratic reforms and police accountability. Protesters vandalized…

Germany honors resisters who tried to assassinate Hitler

Friday, July 19, 2019

Germany is marking the 75th anniversary of the most famous plot to kill Adolf Hitler, honoring those who resisted the Nazis — who were stigmatized for decades as traitors — as pillars of the country’s modern democracy amid growing concerns about the resurgence of the far-right. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will speak Saturday at an annual swearing-in ceremony for some 400 troops before addressing a memorial event, paid tribute ahead…

Ally of Kazakhstan’s longtime ex-leader wins presidency

Monday, June 10, 2019

Preliminary results show an ally of Kazakhstan’s former president has won the presidential election. The Central Election Commission in this Central Asian country said Monday that Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won nearly 71 percent of the vote with all the ballots counted. Tokayev became acting president when Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had led the country since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, abruptly stepped down. Shortly after Nazarbayev resigned, Kazakhstan’s ruling…

MP Mart Nutt dies at 57

Monday, June 3, 2019

Estonian politician, historian and MP Mart Nutt died unexpectedly on Sunday; he was 57 years old. A member of Isamaa, Nutt had served as MP in every Riigikogu elected since Estonia regained its independence in 1991. “Estonian politician, historian and Estonia’s longest-serving MP Mart Nutt passed away following an unexpected medical emergency this morning,” Isamaa politician Mart Luik told the press on Sunday. Nutt graduated from Tallinn 10th Upper Secondary…

Trump, first lady meet with queen at Buckingham Palace

Monday, June 3, 2019

President Donald Trump met with Queen Elizabeth II Monday during two-day visit to Britain that’s meant to strengthen ties between the two nations, although the trip was immediately at risk of being overshadowed by Brexit turmoil and a political feud with London’s mayor. Trump and first lady Melania Trump flew to Buckingham Palace in Marine One, landing on a lawn where they were greeted by Prince Charles and his wife…

What direct democracy could look like in Estonia

By Dario Cavegn on Monday, April 1, 2019

While EKRE chairman Mart Helme thinks that throwing out the Registered Partnership Act will be easy once the right to a popular referendum is in place, things aren’t quite as easy as that. In fact, at this point, there has been no talk at all about the formidable legal project that direct democracy really is. Here is an idea what it could look like in practice in Estonia. There are…

Europe has changed its mask

By Viktors Domburs on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

“Face” of peaceful and friendly Europe has changed. Europe even does not try any more to wear a mask of past tolerance. Tensions are constantly increasing. Unrest like wildfire is sweeping across Europe. Though riots caused by different events and decisions, political convulsions make Europeans feel uncomfortable. People are tired of being unheard by the authorities. Misunderstanding between ordinary people and authorities is more clearly visible, especially in the so-called…

Local democracy under threat in Latvia

Friday, December 21, 2018

The PES is deeply concerned about the attempts of government members in Latvia to dismiss elected local representatives in the country. A new law, which is currently under discussion, will allow the government to replace the democratically elected mayor of Riga and the current city council with a caretaking administration until possible snap elections in May. The attempt to suspend the democratically elected city council comes at a moment when…