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In Europe, initiatives to increase citizen participation have made substantial progress, but there are severe difficulties to overcome if these participative forums are to address the core issues of democratic decline and contribute more significantly to its restoration.
The result of Ukraine's parliamentary election shows that the population wants to rebalance the country’s policy priorities and wants the new ruling elites to put citizens’ interests first.
The Ukrainian parliamentary election is widely expected to give President Zelenskiy a greater mandate for reform. He has to start to deliver soon and face the resistance of the opposition.
The Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia is under pressure. As Georgian-Russian relations suffer a downturn, Abkhazia risks becoming closed off from the outside world just like South Ossetia.
Relations between the U.S. and the EU are at an all-time low. European Commission President nominee Ursula Von der Leyen’s background makes her uniquely qualified to rise to the challenge posed by Trump.
Calling an election once Brexit has happened would offer a huge advantage for Boris Johnson. Taking on a possibly revived Labour party would be more fruitful than going up against Nigel Farage.
By leading a new diplomatic effort to end the conflict and begin reconstruction, Trump could both extricate the U.S. from the conflict and help stabilize the region.
The latest wave of rising autocratic rule around the world is more incremental and inconspicuous than in the past.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost the Istanbul mayoral election again. But when he meets with world leaders in Osaka, Erdogan will have even bigger challenges.
The landslide victory of Ekrem Imamoglu in the Istanbul elections constitutes a threat to Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hegemony.