Portuguese Presidential Elections: Chaotic (and amusing), yet predictable – Jorge de Jesus

On the 24th January, Portuguese citizens will be going to the polls to elect the fifth democratically-elected president since the 1974 Carnation Revolution. These elections will mark not only the end of the second term of right-wing President Cavaco Silva,…

Azerbaijan Should Use its Oil Crisis to Fight for Democracy

Most of the countries that earn their income from oil are undemocratic.  Thanks to the large sums of money earned by oil, these countries tend to develop regimes that do not take into consideration human rights, serve only the interests…

COP21: Country Perspectives

IFLRY (the International Federation of Liberal Youth) represents over two million youth members around the world, and our Climate Change team had the opportunity to bring unique perspectives to COP21. With representatives from Norway, the Philippines, Ukraine, Canada, and the…

How to Fight Terrorism – Christian Holm

It seems as if each generation of western society has suffered a formative conflict. I dread that ours will be the war on terror. If this is so, we need find ways to understand its causes properly, and combat terrorism…

Bonn: the final stage before the climate change conference in Paris – Tone Bjørndal

Report from the IFLRY Climate Change Programme #COP21, where the crucial negotiation of an international climate change agreement will take place, is set to take place in Paris, France this December. This conference is of critical importance: in order to…

“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…