Op-Eds

Opinion pieces and editorials written by Assembly Members on topics related to OSCE commitments and values.
Vicherny Bishkek ( Русский ) 28 October 2011 By Walburga Habsburg Douglas Not even two years ago if I told a colleague I was going to observe an election in Central Asia and that I had no idea who would win, I would probably have been greeted with a doubtful look and one question – where? Where in Central Asia can there be a competitive electoral contest where the outcome is genuinely not a foregone conclusion? Today, we all know the answer is

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Kapitalis (French version) 20 October 2011 By Riccardo Migliori On Sunday, the Tunisian people will elect 218 of their fellow citizens responsible for drafting the country's new constitution. Drafting a new constitution by a democratically elected body will mark the next stage in the institutionalization of the Tunisian Revolution that started in December last year. When the Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi lit himself on fire after

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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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