Opinions and Views

Opinion pieces and editorials written by Assembly leaders on topics related to OSCE commitments and values.
Vjesnik.hr 7 November 2011 By Petros Efthymiou (Greece), President of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation Parliamentary Assembly and Audronius Ažubalis, Foreign Minister of Lithuania and Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE With the Fall Meetings opening today in Croatia, OSCE PA President Petros Efthymiou and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Audronius Ažubalis have held up South East Europe as a model for co-operation. This October more than

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THE HILL 16 September 2011 By R. Spencer Oliver Like in the United States, during campaign season here in Denmark it's hard to drive a block without seeing wall-to-wall campaign signs. And like in America, the top issue here is overwhelmingly the economy. But the biggest difference in campaign season between our two countries – aside from the length – is the money. With a ban on political TV ads in Denmark, cash plays a much smaller role in the

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CDA.nl ( Dutch ) 11 August 2011 By Kathleen Ferrier and Kamiel Mesie For many years, the topic of migration has dominated the political debate in the Netherlands; in particular the negative consequences of migration. Here, people (unconsciously?) use terms that generate fear, such as metaphors referring to floods, like 'migration flows', 'waves of migrants' or in terms of referring to uncontrollable quantities, e.g., 'mass immigration'. The

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CDA.nl ( English ) 11 August 2011 Van Kathleen Ferrier en Kamiel Mesie Al jaren beheerst het thema migratie het politieke debat, ook in Nederland, en dan met name de negatieve gevolgen van migratie. Daarbij gebruikt men (onbewust?) termen die angst aanjagen, zoals de door Muus[1]als watertaal aangeduide metaforen die refereren aan watersnoodrampen, zoals migratiestromen, golven van migranten of termen die verwijzen naar onbeheersbare

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Hurriyet 2 June 2011 By R. Spencer Oliver Amid sweeping changes to the political landscape in the Mediterranean, the reinforcement of Turkey's commitment to democracy and regional leadership is now more important than ever. The Arab Spring may very well bring democracy to countries in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions; where for too long regimes have operated without accountability from the people. A revolutionary wave of protests and

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Grand Forks Herald (USA) 29 May 2011 By Neil Simon COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- North Dakota recently became one of only four states in the country to enact a law guaranteeing its elections are open to international observers. To most people who follow the action in Bismarck, the one-page election observation act authored by state Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, and signed into law by Gov. Jack Dalrymple barely was noticed as just another

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