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Development magazine explains

Poland after the election: The citizens' coalition's turbulent struggle for democracy

In October, the people of Poland voted for the Citizens' Coalition as the winning party. Now the parties, under the leadership of Donald Tusk, aim to end a dark chapter of gradual erosion of the country's democracy. But even if the majority is secured, a complex road ahead awaits with political uncertainty and a struggle for government power against the ruling Law and Justice party.

Of: Edwin Borg, December 4, 2023

Development magazine explains

Therefore, several actors are calling for a boycott of COP28

The UN climate conference COP28 is being held this year in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This has drawn criticism from activists and climate organizations alike, and a campaign to boycott the conference has spread worldwide. The development magazine analyzes the arguments for and against a boycott of COP28.  

Of: Benjamin Frisk, November 28, 2023

Current debate

Week 47: Black Friday creates divided opinion among debaters

During the past week, several debaters have raised criticism against Black Friday. Opinions have differed: some criticize consumerism as contributing to both climate change and poor working conditions, while others see it as a class issue. Some also see consumption as something worth celebrating.

Of: Edwin Borg, November 27, 2023

Development magazine explains

After the earthquake in Morocco: Girls and women hardest hit

On September 8, Morocco was hit by a powerful earthquake that left approximately 3 dead and 000 injured, according to the United Nations. Among them, women and girls were the worst affected, and several organizations emphasize the importance of a gender-sensitive perspective in disaster response.

Of: Benjamin Frisk, November 22, 2023

Current debate

Week 46: Chalmers banned political demonstrations - created storm of criticism

Fighting continues in Israel and Palestine, and last week Chalmers University of Technology banned students and employees from participating in political demonstrations - a decision that was later lifted. At the same time, Swedish university students and employees have demanded that the government and universities boycott Israel by ending research and exchange collaborations.

Of: Mona Adam Abdi and Ellinor Berglund, November 20, 2023

Current debate

Week 45: Debaters draw attention to growing anti-Semitism in the world

Last week it was 85 years since the November pogroms, also known as Kristallnacht. This is what Svenska Dagbladet's lead writer refers to, among other things, and believes that the growing anti-Semitism in the world creates anxiety in the Jewish diaspora. Aid to Palestine and Sweden's approach to the conflict between Israel and Hamas have also continued to be the subject of debate.

Of: Ina Carlsson and Benjamin Frisk, November 13, 2023

FUF-correspondents, Report

Vienna shows the way forward in the global housing shortage

According to Agenda 2030, all people must have access to affordable and safe housing by 2030 at the latest, something that cities around the world are fighting hard to achieve. Vienna has long been considered one of the cities in the world with the highest standard of living. This is partly due to the city's unique system of low-cost municipal tenancies, which today house more than half of the residents. How has Vienna managed to do what so many other cities around the world have not?

Of: Agnes Fältman, November 9, 2023

Development magazine explains

EU cooperates with Tunisia - despite accusations of inhumane treatment of migrants

Several human rights organizations have drawn attention to how African migrants are subjected to violence by Tunisian security forces. Reports show that migrants are forcibly placed and left in harsh conditions in the extreme heat of the Sahara desert - without water or shelter. At the same time, the European Commission has recently concluded a cooperation agreement with Tunisia to put an end to the number of migrants trying to reach Europe.

Of: Mona Adam Abdi, November 6, 2023

Development magazine explains

Africa's top politicians want to introduce a global carbon tax

In September, representatives from the African countries met at the Africa Climate Summit (ACS) in Kenya to discuss joint solutions to climate change. The conference resulted in the Nairobi Declaration - which, among other things, proposes a global carbon dioxide tax for large emitters to contribute more resources to low-income countries. The declaration will form the basis of the countries' joint strategy at the climate conference COP28, which will be held in November.

Of: Ina Carlsson, November 6, 2023

Current debate

Week 44: Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in focus on the opinion pages

The war between Israel and Hamas continues and the debate in Sweden has been characterized by discussions about growing anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the wake of the conflict. During the past week, large parts of the debate have been about how the conflict is handled by Swedish politicians and portrayed in the media.

Of: Elin Prestgaard, November 6, 2023

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