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The Belarusian protests began before the contested August 2020 election but exploded in size after it became clear that Lukashenko had rigged the results in his favour. Can you explain how the democracy movement emerged and gathered momentum?

Pavel Latushko: Artem Sakov, Dzmitry Popau, Pavel Seviarynets, Aliaksandr Shabalin…


Annalena Baerbock, Green chancellor candidate

Kermit the Frog put it best when he sang: “It’s not easy being green.” Greens have often been overlooked and undervalued, to say the least.

Today, however, this is no longer the case.

In Germany, the Greens are dominating the political landscape. For the first time in history, the party has put forward a chancellor candidate. Early opinion polls by Germany’s public broadcaster gave the Greens a slight lead over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union. Having worked for Green Party leaders and served Germany’s only Green state premier, I know the party inside out. …


Global warming poses a challenge to the planet as a whole. In fact, that goes without saying-greenhouse gases don’t stop at borders. Climate protection thus concerns the global community. And because international cooperation is vital to curbing…


Roderick Kefferpütz: During the Cold War, India was part of the non-aligned movement, refusing to formally align itself with or against any…


Before the pandemic hit, Greens in Germany were on an upward trajectory, reaching historic highs in terms of membership and electoral success. Key to their emergence as the preeminent progressive force in the country was the party’s capacity to set out a forward-looking vision that resonated with society. But as Germany enters a — with regional elections throughout the year and federal elections in September — where do the Greens currently stand? As Merkel readies to leave office and the pandemic continues on, are the Greens still carrying the political momentum?

When I last wrote about the German Greens…


It was the classic David vs. Goliath story. A bunch of renegade small time retail traders that got together and took on Wall Street’s big boys, giving the short-sellers a bloody nose. As this story broke, more and more traders got in on the action and joined the bandwagon.

A couple of posts on reddit and you got yourself a herd stampeding on the stock market. Reddit’s Wallstreetbets led to wild gyrations, significantly pushing the share value of stocks such as GameStop upwards. It demonstrated the power of individuals coming together in a group. …


Most recent analyses of US-German relations do not consider the possibility that the two countries simply disagree on many matters of international security. This much was clear as far back as 2003, when Berlin joined Paris and Moscow in public opposition to the US-led war in Iraq, and in 2011, when it joined Moscow and Beijing in abstention from the UN Security Council resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya. The United States’ reaction in each case was to more or less ignore Germany, a policy that seldom incurred significant costs. …


The world economy has become the battleground for rivalry between Washington and Beijing. But what geoeconomic game is Europe playing?

This infamous phrase also holds true for international relations. Over the years, the spheres of security and economy have become increasingly linked. It is the world economy, which has become the central battleground for hegemonic rivalry between Washington and Beijing. Several factors have led to this development, first and foremost the economic rise of China.

The People’s Republic has become an economic magnet slowly displacing the United States. While in the 1980s China’s share of world trade amounted to a meagre one per cent, that figure has risen to about 13 per cent. For more than…


If China wasn’t a global power integrated in the world economy, the country would probably have to be labelled a pariah state.

In Xinjiang, more than one million Uyghurs have been forced into “re-education camps”.

The Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig are still arbitrarily stewing as hostages in some dungeon; Beijing’s response to the arrest of Huawei’s finance chief Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.

Chinese disinformation campaigns have reached a new peak during the Corona crisis. The threatening posture in the South China Sea is not diminishing. And Hong Kong is losing the little freedom it had.

The dictum “one…


The US election is over and Joe Biden is president-elect. But Donald Trump’s defeat was far from a landslide. What battles lie ahead in US domestic politics? What will a Biden-Harris administration mean for transatlantic relations? With climate denial ejected from the White House, how much should the world expect from the United States on climate? The Green European Journal spoke to Reinhard Bütikofer, Green MEP and spokesperson on relations with the US and China, on what the election means on both sides of the Atlantic.

Roderick Kefferpütz

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