Tag: rule of law

Why the resignation speech by Speaker Bercow matters

Why the resignation speech by Speaker Bercow matters

On 9 and 12 September John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, gave two extremely important speeches in terms of promotion and defence of the rule of law and parliamentary democracy. Anybody attaching great value to those issues will hardly remain deaf to the words spoken by Mr. Speaker. The first speech is the one in which he announced

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Xi’s Hong Kong Options – and Ours

Xi’s Hong Kong Options – and Ours

On 7 August Yang Jianli and Aaron Rhode published an article on “The American Interest” explaining why Hong Kong can show Xi Jinping that repressing freedom is a no-win proposition. On August 5, a day of unprecedented strikes and demonstrations, thousands of mostly young Hong Kongers gathered around the offices of the Legislative Council, near Admiralty station on Hong Kong

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European Republic and citizenship: conversation with Carles Puigdemont

European Republic and citizenship: conversation with Carles Puigdemont

On Saturday 13 April a delegation of the Radical Party composed of Sen. Roberto Rampi, Umberto Gambini and Matteo Angioli, held a second meeting with former President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont in Waterloo, Belgium. The hour-long meeting ended with several statements collected by Radio Radicale. Matteo Angioli stressed Mr. Puigdemont’s attempt to internationalize the case and the need to engage

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The Rising Cost of Strongman Rule in Cambodia

The Rising Cost of Strongman Rule in Cambodia

Despite boasting unrivaled tourist attractions, large stores of natural resources that could be profitably and responsibly exploited, and one of the world’s youngest labor forces the country’s economy is floundering. And, after 34 years of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s dictatorial rule, Cambodians could soon be facing a higher price. On April 4, a group of international buyers’ associations from the

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Defender of Rights highlights “increasing repression” in France

Defender of Rights highlights “increasing repression” in France

On 12 March the Defender of Rights of France, Mr. Jacques Toubon, said he was worried about a “reinforcement of repression” in his country. In its Annual Report, this independent authority also indicates a “collapse” of fundamental rights and freedoms, caused by the introduction of the state of emergency in 2015. In France, “a policy of strengthening security and repression

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