The Sword of Damocles of Russian non-participation was hanging over the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Russia is currently not participating in PACE sessions. Recently, it threatened to go even further, announcing to cut its funding for the Council of Europe in order to keep up the pressure…

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…

**Polskie tłumaczenie tego artykułu można znaleźć tutaj: liberte.pl/kosciol-kontra-spoleczenstwo-obywatelskie-swieta-walka-o-sobor-sw-izaaka-w-petersburgu/** It was a cold and misty February morning, when four thousand people of different ages, professions and religions, who did not know each, joined their hands and formed three rings around St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg. It was the biggest spontaneous street action that has taken…

Everything follows from the Finnish–Russian relationship, which is twofold. The story begins with the role of Russia in Finnish history. Although there have been some conflicts between the two peoples, many Finns have a lot of positive things to say about our neighbour. Finland was a part of Russia from 1809 to 1917. This era…

As some of you may know, Sweden is not a member of NATO. Sweden has, though, a deep and long standing history of cooperation with NATO and NATO members bilaterally. In this article I will explain Sweden’s history with NATO and how the debate about membership in NATO has developed. As well as the relationship towards the alliance itself…

იხილეთ ქვემოთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია / see below for the Georgian version of this article. Last week was one of the best ones I can remember; liberals from all over the world gathered in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. On the 20th of May, Executive Committee members of Liberal International (the international federation for regular…

For the past few weeks a huge marriage scandal has been dominating discussion in Russia. The President of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, gave his blessing to the marriage of a 57 (according to some sources 46) year old Police Chief and a 17 year old girl. The public outcry went in several directions, with…

What could we do to make the Earth cleaner, healthier and nicer for everyone? The first and the most important thing is to change our attitude to the relationship between us and our planet. How can we use natural resources and how not to endanger the Planet at the same time? When every one of…