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Most Recent EDP WIRE Posts

September 29, 2020 | EDP Wire | Julia Leininger, Karina Mross, Daniel Nowack

We Need Democracy Protection to Counter Autocratisation

This EDP Wire is part of the German Development Institute’s weekly column discussing the most recent topics of international development politics. The authors discuss the need for international democracy protection against rising autocratic tendencies.

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May 27, 2020 | EDP Wire | Jonas Wolff, Felix Bethke, Sophia Birchinger, Ben Christian, Melanie Coni-Zimmer, Julian Junk, Anton Peez, Simone Schnabel, Jens Stappenbeck, Antonia Witt

Developing Peace: Impulses for German and International Development Cooperation

This EDP Wire summarizes the results of the study “Peace and Development 2020: An Analysis of Current Experiences and Findings”, which was conducted at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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May 18, 2020 | EDP Wire | Jalale Getachew Birru

Normative Jurisprudence: Finding a Solution for the Current Constitutional Impasse on the Postponement of the 2020 General Election in Ethiopia

Due to the Covid-19 related restrictions, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) announced on March 31 that it is impossible to hold an election on August 30, 2020. This created a constitutional impasse as the constitution requires holding an election at least one month before the end of the House of Representatives’ term which is the final week of the Ethiopian month of Meskerem (October 3-10). To resolve the deadlock, some opposition parties and the government put forward different solutions. This article examines the proposed solutions through the principle of normative jurisprudence.

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April 20, 2020 | EDP Wire | Rebecca Wagner

Internal Threats to EU’s External Democracy Support in Times of a Pandemic – Can the New EU Council Conclusions on Democracy still Kick-off?

In the course of the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, governments in Europe and across the world have called for states of emergency and restricted individual freedoms of their citizens in order to #FlattenTheCurve. While many citizens support the governmental initiatives, concerns about their implications on the state of democracy are growing stronger. Some fear that the coronavirus crisis will end in a crisis of democracy.

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April 1, 2020 | EDP Wire | Jonas Wolff, Felix Bethke

COVID-19 as a Threat to Civic Spaces Around the World

As countries across the globe are desperately trying to control the COVID-19 pandemic, a rapidly increasing number of governments have started to impose severe restrictions on core civic freedoms. Although restrictions are currently necessary to save lives and protect health care from overburdening, these emergency measures must be proportional and strictly limited in time. It is crucial to monitor how restrictions are implemented to prevent governments from using the current crisis to justify new constraints on civic spaces, which have already  been shrinking in many places during the last 15 years.

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February 24, 2020 | EDP Wire | Jonas Wolff, Felix Bethke, Sophia Birchinger, Ben Christian, Melanie Coni-Zimmer, Julian Junk, Anton Peez, Simone Schnabel, Jens Stappenbeck, Antonia Witt

Entwicklung und Frieden zusammendenken: Anregungen für die deutsche Politik

Die Erwartungen an die Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, zu Konfliktbearbeitung beizutragen, sind gestiegen. Eine neue Studie zeigt: Es fehlt nicht in erster Linie das Wissen dazu, was nötig wäre, damit Entwicklungszusammenarbeit zu Frieden beiträgt. Es mangelt an der Umsetzung – gerade beim Primat der Prävention und der uralten Frage nach der Politikkohärenz.

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November 4, 2019 | EDP Wire | Jalale Getachew Birru

Abiy Ahmed and his achievements in Ethiopia. From lost hope to new optimism with the “Medemer” concept?

Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed received the 100th Noble Peace Price for his efforts to achieve peace with Eritrea. Indeed, he should be recognized for this achievement. This peace deal opens doors to sustain peace in a region which is pinpointed as one of the most conflict-prone regions of the world. He stepped into re-building strained relationships between Eritrea and Djibouti, Eritrea and Somalia, as well as Eritrea and Sudan. Without diminishing these regional achievements, this post aims to highlight his work towards establishing peace in Ethiopia by introducing the “Medemer” concept – at a time when Ethiopia was on the verge of a civil war.

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October 21, 2019 | EDP Wire | Johannes Gerschewski

Regime Legitimation Strategies (RLS), 1900 to 2018

This EDP Wire contribution summarizes the V-Dem Working Paper “Regime Legitimation Strategies (RLS), 1900 to 2018” that introduces new expert-coded measures of regime legitimation strategies for 179 countries in the world from 1900 up until 2018. The authors of the paper are EDP network member Johannes Gerschewski and his colleagues Marcus Tannenberg (University of Gothenburg), Michael Bernhard (University of Florida), Anna Lührmann (University of Gothenburg), and Christian von Soest (GIGA Institute). The paper is available as open access. The summary was prepared and edited by Nora Berger-Kern.

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September 19, 2019 | EDP Wire | Jalale Getachew Birru

Can the new Ethiopian CSO proclamation open space for CSOs to contribute to the 2020 election of Ethiopia?

This post details the major changes of the 2019 Organizations of Civil Society Proclamation No. 1113/2019 proclamation which aims to open space for CSOs to contribute to the country’s democracy and human right promotion. While the analysis ”Negotiating international civil society support: the case of Ethiopia’s 2009 Charities and Societies Proclamation” sheds light on the process of international negotiations of the old proclamation and outlines the consequences of the proclamation for international civil society support in Ethiopia, the current post presents the differences of the two laws. It concludes by looking forward to the upcoming 2020 general election of Ethiopia.

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