Category Archives: Culture, Politics & Identity

Ostrava – Steel Heart of the Republic

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Ostrava is the third largest town in the Czech Republic and the second largest urban agglomeration after the Czech capital city Prague. The city has been largely affected by exploitation and further use of black coal. Many of the heavy industry companies have closed down or transformed. For many people, Ostrava is inhospitable, industrial and dirty. It seems the situation is not as bad now. Ostrava is full of contrast and heading to a better future. Facts and numbers Ostrava got

Lowering the voting age is a vital move in Estonia

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Over the last few years, the subject of lowering the voting age at local government elections has been one of the most common political topics among young people in Estonia. This year, Estonian National Youth Council and political youth organizations have put their backs together and turned  political approach to the Estonian Ministry of Justice and to the Estonian Parliament. The case for lowering the voting age is determined by demographic changes, whereby the youth has less and less political

A lesson learnt from Scottish independence referendum

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A few days ago a very important independence referendum took place in Scotland. Of course we are not going to talk about the political consequences of this referendum to the Scottish people or the country. But this referendum gave us a great lesson regarding the participation of young people in elections. For the referendum the normal voting age was reduced from 18 to 16 for the first time in Great Britain! The vast majority of young people aged 16 and

Elections saga in Azerbaijan

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Last year, on 9th of October, presidential elections were held in Azerbaijan. As expected, Ilham Aliyev’s third victory was preponderant, 85%. Maidenly he got to power in 2003 after his father, Heydar, pulled back from the politics. Heydar, the former KGB head, was on reign around 40 years. If we look at the European Council’s official announcement about 2013 elections : “overall around election day we have observed a free, fair and transparent electoral process”, everything looks to be fine

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