This Journal of Social Democracy is the quarterly International Edition in English language of one of Germany’s longest-running and most respected monthly journals devoted to politics and culture, Neue Gesellschaft/Frankfurter Hefte. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation has chosen a group of internationally renowned social scientists, journalists, and high-profile representatives of social democracy to contribute to this venture.
In 2007, the EU-South Africa Strategic partnership was launched. Aimed at strengthening relations between the two, a number of high-level meetings took place under its rubric. Following the economic crisis of 2008, which is reshaping internal EU country relations as well as its relations with South Africa, and the growing emphasis on South-South solidarity by the Zuma administration, the strategic partnership is increasingly under pressure.
With this relationship reaching its first decade next year, the SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, are undertaking a review of the strategic partnership, particularly in understanding what makes it strategic for both the EU and South Africa, and how this has evolved in practice.
In 2015, the SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, hosted a workshop entitled ‘Towards a Participatory Foreign Policy’, aimed at considering the role of a range of stakeholders in shaping South Africa’s foreign policy.
In building on these initial discussions, the SARChI Chair and FES are inviting research papers contributing analysis on the role of these stakeholders, and how these actors have shaped South African foreign policy over the course of the first two decades of democrac
The United Nations lies at the centre of the global multilateral system of governance. It is therefore a principal guarantor of the idea of an international system of governance, and the dream of an international system. In 2015, the UN reaches 70 years of existence and this marks a critical point of reflection on the significance of the organization, its key challenges and prospects for its future. Ten years ago, the IGD convened a dialogue on the UN @ 60 that covered a lot of background about the UN. It is now time to reflect further, and build upon these discussions.
Transnational corporations have profited enormously from investment subsidies, tax breaks and deregulated labour markets. Today, they dominate the global economy, controlling some 80 per cent of world trade through their own operations and those of their business partners, organised in global value chains. These webs of power have fragmented the workplace and become the factories of the 21st century. Read more from the FES International Policy Analysis series here.
From 9-14 August, the Degrowth Summer School will take place in Erkelenz, Germany. Focusing on climate justice, participants will discuss the necessity to change our energy- and resource-intensive way of life, and will think about concrete solutions and alternatives. FES Sustainability is contributing with 2 workshops, see the full Programme here.
This dialogue aims to discuss the role of multilateral institutions such as UN, AU and SADC, as well as Africa’s leading economies such as South Africa and Nigeria, in strengthening peace and security interventions. The unravelling political situation in Lesotho has raised questions about the efficacy of multilateral interventions to resolve domestic conflicts. Zimbabwe and Madagascar, like Lesotho, have come out of SADC-brokered mediation and certain cross-cutting challenges and limitations have been observed thus raising fears about the sustainability of the political settlements upon which current political dispensations in those countries are based.
Organisations aligned to labour, such as the German social democratic think-tank, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, often make an economic argument for the introduction of a minimum wage. At a recent seminar organised by the think-tank in South Africa, the minister of economic affairs for the German state of Thuringia, Wolfgang Tiefensee, said that the first evaluation after 100 days of a minimum wage in Germany was clear: business’s argument that it would lead to job losses was wrong. On the contrary, the new minimum wage in Germany led to informal work becoming formal — and including social benefits.
The process to select the UN Secretary-General is outdated, non-transparent, and dominated by the Permanent Five Members of the Security Council (P5). They use their veto power in secret negotiations, until they can agree on a compromise candidate who is then recommended to the General Assembly for “rubber stamp” approval.
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