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23 Jul 2016

LACalytics: Solar energy on the rooftops in Nicaragua

Posted by Juana Karelia Tercero Ubau & Manuel Jung in Latin America & CaribbeanThink.

Nicaragua wants to reach more than 90% renewable energy use – by including grid connected solar energy the transition could be accelerated

solxxi1Nicaragua has a large potential for renewable energy uptake. Renewable resources could be used particularly in form of small solar plants for homes. The power grid would then not be used as the primary source of supply, but as a support for solar supply gaps. The overall aim is a reduction of fossil energy sources to reach the eagerly anticipated expansion of the energy supply with the connection to the national power grid.


15 Jul 2016

(Deutsch) Is United Russia the only game in town?

Posted by Olga Schmidt in Eastern Europe & EurasiaThink.Uncategorized



While Europe is shaken by a row of nerve-wrecking elections, in Russia, not many people seem to expect much from the upcoming Duma elections. Not least because the elections have been brought forward from December to September, parties will have no real option to create effective political campaigns. Even if existent, it is unlikely that they will have any influence on the mind of the average voter, that is most likely to be currently withdrawing into holidays. A daunting calmness spreads in the face of a monolithic centralist political system, that has grown over the course of the last decade.


5 Jul 2016

LACalytics: New impetus to an old partnership

Posted by Johannes Klein in Act.EU & EuropeLatin America & CaribbeanThink.

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Europe and Latin America are natural partners linked by strong historical, cultural as well as economic ties and, over decades, have been an important source of inspiration and change for each other. These long-existing relations, comprising 62 states, over one billion people and over a quarter of the world’s GDP, have considerably evolved over the past decades. Today’s substantial inter-regional economic ties – with the EU being the main development partner of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, its second largest trade partner and its first investor – reflect the increasing importance and growing potential of the long-standing partnership based on its well-established links.


1 Jul 2016

Elections in Russia: The calm before the storm?

Posted by Malvin Oppold in Eastern Europe & EurasiaThink.

Plenary Session of State Duma

On September 18th 2016, Russian citizens will elect 450 deputies to the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia – the State Duma. At first glance, the situation looks similar as in previous elections: according to the Levada Center, United Russia, and the so-called “system opposition” are leading the polls while a renewed alliance of liberal opposition parties is not in sight. But are these elections really just a window-dressing exercise, as many agree? IFAIR dedicates a series of articles to the upcoming state duma elections and their implications. Weiterlesen..

4 Jun 2016

China’s G20 Presidency: Three Avenues of Collaboration with Germany

Posted by Anna Katharina Stahl in EU & EuropeSouth and East AsiaThink.

Since December 2015, China holds the presidency of the G20, which will cumulate in the Hangzhou summit in September. At the recent G20 summit in Antalya, President Xi Jinping highlighted China’s G20 presidency agenda is aimed at an “Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy”.


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Interne News

30 Jun 2016

(Deutsch) Model UN Parliament: Ein Schritt in Richtung Weltparlament

Posted by Steffen Murau in Global AffairsInterne News

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13 Jun 2016

(Deutsch) Einladung: Kaminabend mit Knut Abraham, Referatsleiter Bundeskanzleramt

Posted by Mattia Nelles in Interne News

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31 Jan 2016

IFAIR sucht Verstärkung für Presse und Regionalleitung “Russland & GUS”

Posted by Steffen Murau in Eastern Europe & EurasiaInterne NewsThink.

Du interessierst Dich für Internationale Beziehungen und Außenpolitik? Du möchstest in einem jungen Team mit Start Up-Atmosphäre eine erfolgreiche und schnell wachsende Organisation mitgestalten? IFAIR sucht Verstärkung: Bewirb Dich bis 20. Februar 2016 als Presseverantwortlicher (m/w) oder Regionalleiter “Russland & GUS” (m/w). Weiterlesen..

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