On June 26 the Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi warned in a widely broadcasted speech that polarization was threatening the country’s democratic process. He also acknowledged he had made some ‘mistakes’, and offered opponents a say in amending the new constitution. The speech comes days before the planned massive demonstration on June 30, the day will mark a year since Morsi won the Presidential elections.
With more than 82 percent of the ballots counted, opposition leader Edi Rama can definitely claim a landslide victory over Prime Minister Sali Berisha in the 23 June parliamentary elections.
In deze rubriek stellen we wekelijks 3 vragen aan iemand die verbonden is aan de Foundation Max van der Stoel. Deze week niemand minder dan FMS trainer Guus Staats!
On 25 June MEP Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA) has won the Fair Politician of the Year Award. The announcement was made during the official ceremony in the European Parliament, where several MEPs and others who were interested were gathered. Among all 754 MEPs, Sargentini put most efforts into making EU policies more fair towards developing countries.
Bram van Ojik (GroenLinks) mag zich de Fair Politician of the Year 2012-2013 noemen. De Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS), de nieuwe stichting na fusering van Evert Vermeer Stichting en Alfred Mozer Stichting, reikte hem woensdag 26 juni in Nieuwspoort deze prijs uit. Van Ojik heeft zich het afgelopen jaar het meest van alle Kamerleden ingezet voor beleidscoherentie: eerlijk beleid ten opzichte van ontwikkelingslanden.
On June 25, Lebanese security officials say a roadside bomb has exploded on the highway linking Beirut with Damascus. The bomb comes a day after heavy fighting between the army and militia’s of the radical Sunni clerk Ahmed al-Assir in the northern coastal town Sidon. Each side accuses the other of provoking the initial fighting. According to security forces 16 soldiers died in the fighting and at least 20 supporters of Assir were killed. Dozens are said to have been arrested. The fate of Assir is still unknown.
Between June 7th and June 9th the European Forum, in cooperation with the Alfred Mozer Stichting, the UK Labour Party and the Al-Sindyan Institute organized for the first time a Future Leaders Training for 24 young and promising participants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Amman, Jordan. The participants came from social democratic and left progressive parties from Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan.
Na vele maanden voorbereiding was het vanavond zo ver: de Alfred Mozer Stichting, (sinds 1990) en de Evert Vermeer Stichting (sinds 1967) gaan samen verder onder de nieuwe naam Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS).
On Saturday 15 June the European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), the Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP) and the Croatian Political Academy Novo društvo organised a conference in Zagreb: “Shaping Europe, Welcome Croatia! 20 Years European Forum-Enlarging our Family”.
Het komt weer dichterbij. Het evenement waar Fair Politics elk jaar weer naar toe werkt. Het hele jaar hebben wij politici op de vingers gekeken, ze bestookt met mails en al dan niet beloond met punten. De Fair Politician of the Year Awards!