IFLRY at UN Climate Conference in Bonn

Over the past two weeks, the international policy, scientific and NGO community came together at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, and participated in the SB46 (Subsidiary Body 46) of the UNFCCC. A delegation of IFLRY had the privilege…

“Democratic” reforms in Ukraine – a threat for the country? – Julia Rudenko

Before starting the discussion about the actual situation in Ukraine one has to become acquainted with the distinguishing features of the political system in Ukraine: Political parties do not have any specific ideologies. Nevertheless, they are not populist, in this case the…

A first experience of Ukraine – Arvid Plugge

“Why the hell are you going to Kharkiv, Ukraine?” that was generally the question I got when people asked me where I was going from the 1st of July till the 6th. Trying to explain my “questionable” destination did not…

Here’s what you need to know about the Turkish elections – Ekin Can Genç

It’s been a week since the Turkish general elections. Unlike the previous elections or referenda of the past 12 years, this one was not a clear victory for AKP or the party’s de facto leader Erdogan. Turkish politics has so…

Patronising People: Why is Plain Packaging Plainly Wrong? – Charlie Kingsbury

More and more countries have begun contemplating whether or not to introduce plain packaging for products containing tobacco. Not only does such a policy fail to produce the outcomes governments intend, but it also fails to respect the intellect and…

Officials, Polygamous Marriage, and the Rule of Law in Russia – Alena Santalainen

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…

Of rights and referendums: Ireland votes – Junior Sikabwe

The same-sex referendum that took place in Ireland yesterday is very significant. This is not just because 84.16% of the population identifies as Roman Catholic. It’s not because of the matter either: seventeen countries (eleven of which are European) have…