Thursday 17th of May is the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. It was also supposed to be the day when a pride parade was once again organized in Tbilisi, Georgia. However, the parade was cancelled due to the risk of violent counter-demonstrations and a history of attacks. Instead of a manifestation,Equality Movement, who…

In Brussels on 23-24th May 70 young peacebuilders from 56 countries across Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean came together to discuss steps the EU should take for the implementation of UN Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. The resolution recognises the positive role of young people in building peace and calls for the empowerment…

One of the striking features of liberal democracies is freedom of expression; it is legitimately guaranteed as a fundamental human right. This right can be expressed through the ballot to select leaders for the governance of state, public and private organisations. Its expression is reflected in Article 19 of the United Nations Declaration of Human…

The difficulty of the Brexit negotiations arises mainly from misunderstandings on both sides. However, with the UK becoming significantly more realistic, the possibility of no deal is no longer at stake. Recently, the Brexit negotiations have seen major progress. The UK government is rapidly conceding on many points, such as extending any special status given…

Whenever I speak to people from abroad, I find that most of them have very similar ideas about the situation in Ukraine. The most common questions that I hear are:  “Is it safe in Kyiv present days?”, “Is your country overly corrupted?” However, the political and economic situation in Ukraine is too complicated to give…

By Perla Hernández, Simon Kran Christensen and Jonas Lembeck During the 23rd UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP23), the a delegation of the IFLRY Climate Change Programme met with Stéphane Dion, former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Justin Trudeau administration, current Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and Special Envoy to the…

Even though political parties are seen as central to the modern democratic system, there has been a downward trend of political party membership globally – particularly in Europe, as “Parties are struggling to hold on to their membership organisations as they are failing to recruit significant numbers of new members”. As party membership declines globally,…