23.01.2016
The Rule of Law Challenge in Europe: From Hungary to Poland

In 2013, Rui Tavares, then Portuguese Member of the European Parliament among the Greens-EFA group, put forward a report that investigated the threats to fundamental rights that Orban’s government had given rise to in Hungary since 2010, and proposed mechanisms for a common European response to such actions, both in Hungary and potential future similar cases.

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12.01.2016
Turkey: A concrete jungle where the truth is made up

With bans on social media and recent arrests of journalists, press freedom seems to be under more pressure than ever in Turkey. The recent case of Frederike Geerdnik illustrates the precarious situation of those working in the media.

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15.10.2015
Turkey goes to the polls amid human rights fears

It’s election time in an unstable Turkey. The people in Turkey go to the polls on 1st November despite a series of violent attacks targeting the HDP. How can free and fair elections be expected to take place in a political climate where parties cannot campaign without fearing for their safety?

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01.03.2015
Dutch Green Party and R2P: Soul-Searching Over Military Intervention

The use of military force is a sensitive issue for the Dutch Greens.

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01.03.2015
Between Pacifism and Human Rights – the Alliance ‘90/The Greens and the Balkan Conflict

After the end of the Cold War and the renaissance of nationalism and of the concomitant abuses of human rights of the worst kind, the pacifism that had been one of the German Greens’ founding principles came into increasing conflict with its active defence of human rights.

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01.03.2015
Greening Our Foreign Policy – of Visions, Principles and Contradictions

While the spectrum of ideas defining a Green foreign policy remains wide, several overarching tenets have emerged over the past decades.

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01.03.2015
“There Is Still a Long Way to Go” – Civil Society Involvement in Foreign Policy

An interview with Isabelle Durant. Great upheavals have occurred and are still occurring in the Middle East: the successive revolutions and counter-revolutions of the Arab spring, the lightning emergence of ISIS, the agonies of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the stagnating civil war in Syria. How do the Greens analyse the situation?

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13.01.2015
Land or Utopia? Seeking a New Climate for Migration

It was not until the late 2000s that environmental migration and displacement stepped into climate change negotiations. Now that they have however, are the EU and UN doing enough to deal with this growing issue? In the run up to the Paris 2015 negotiations, Esmeralda Colombo explores the debate.

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01.08.2014
The Finnish Citizens’ Initiative: Changing the Agenda

In an unprecedented step towards direct democracy, Finland adopted a national Citizens’ Initiative law in March 2012. Although it has succeeded in opening debates in the national parliament on a number of issues, serious questions remain over whether citizens really have the power to effect change through the tool.

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01.05.2014
Improving LGBT Rights in Times of a Conservative Reaction

An interview with Austrian Green MEP Ulrike Lunacek, who addresses LGBT issues and EU enlargement to the Eastern European countries.

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