Nieuws over politieke trainingen en ontwikkelingen in Oost- en Zuidoost Europa, de Kaukasus, Afrika en het Midden Oosten
Last weekend (18-21 June) the second seminar of the Course for Promising Politicians (CPP) was held in Tirana, Albania. The seminar on regional cooperation focused on the interrelationships in the Western Balkan states, and on how cooperation between the countries can enhance regional stability and encourage regional growth. Over the course of three days, 27 young politicians followed several workshops on this topic.
The ruling coalition in the Federation of Bosnia (FBiH) has collapsed as one of the three parties, Democratic Front (DF), decided to quit the coalition. Personal issues, conflicting statements and short standing compromises have coloured the past few month’s cooperation between the three parties. The DF, a split-off of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) finally stumbled over a dispute over the appointment of managers for public companies and the regulation. The party opposed placing ministers in charge of appointments in public companies in fields under their responsibility.
In an open letter, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Chiril Gaburici, stated he will resign if the government refuses to replace the leaders of the General Prosecution, the National Bank, and the National Committee of Financial Market. The statement comes after a one billion dollar scandal raised public embarrassment on the government and national banks, followed by mass protests.
U.N.-sponsored peace negotiations between Libya’s officially recognized government and the rival government were resumed on Thursday 4 June. Politicians and activists negotiated on forming a unity government to end the power struggle between the two rival governments both stressing to be the official government of the country. Mediators fear the power struggle may turn Libya into a failed state when both groups continue to battle for control.
On 27 May Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid met with EU Foreign Affairs chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels to discuss the intensification of the cooperation between both countries. The talks mainly focused on the Horizon 2020 research program which will be opened for Tunisia, the financial increase in bilateral cooperation, and on advancing on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA).
Three Moroccan men in northeastern Morocco have been accused of homosexuality and sentenced to three years in jail. In Morocco, homosexuality is illegal and can be punished by sentences up to three years in prison, according to article 489.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has oftentimes been in the media spotlight for his controversial remarks. From telling the New York Times to ‘know their place’ when they criticize him to claiming that ‘Muslims discovered America’, Erdoğan rarely manages not to make international headlines. With the general elections coming up in little more than a week, the Turkish president continues to do what he can in order to secure his goal.
Afgelopen weekend (22 - 24 mei) organiseerden wij in samenwerking met onze zusterpartij in Marokko, de Unified Socialist Party (PSU), een training voor PSU-leden. September dit jaar worden lokale verkiezingen gehouden. De PSU gaat meedoen met deze verkiezingen en vroeg ons om een campagnetraining te verzorgen.
Op dinsdag 26 mei organiseerde de FMS in Den Haag een bijeenkomst over het democratiseringsproces en de politieke situatie in Tunesië. Het was een interessante en goed bezochte bijeenkomst. De hoofdgast van de avond was Mustapha Ben Jafar. Ben Jafar speelde een belangrijke rol in het Tunesië van na de revolutie. Als voorzitter van de Grondwetscommissie en tevens leider van de sociaaldemocratische partij Ettakatol, was hij nauw betrokken bij het schrijven van de nieuwe grondwet van Tunesië. Er is hoop en perspectief voor de democratie in Tunesië, maar internationale hulp is hierbij van groot belang zijn. “Ik wil Europa wakker schudden”, aldus Ben Jafar.
Last weekend (22-24 May) a new edition of the Course for Promising Politicians (CPP) started. The first seminar of this year’s course took place in Budva, Montenegro. The seminar on ideology, ‘Ich bin ein Social Democrat’, focused on the policies and the central messages of social democracy. Over the course of three days, 27 young politicians followed several workshops on this topic.