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A lesson learnt from Scottish independence referendum

Vote at 16

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

papuurus

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

What is going on in the “Land of fire”?

By: Dia

Azerbaijan is well known for its rich oil resources and problematic democratic institutions. Recent election in the beginning of October fuelled the debate about the future development of this South Caucasus country, which face many challenges concerning its economic and political orientation. After the controversy, when presidential election results were released on the screenshot of the mobile app the day before the official polls were even open, NGOs together with EU officials drew more attention to democratic issues of Azerbaijan.

The fear of a national identity

When we talk about identity, we usually mean our personal identity. When we talk about European identity, we refer to our cultural identity in Europe. But what actually happens when we talk about national identity? Does it mean to celebrate your national soccer team during the world championship or to raise your flag in order to proof your national pride?  “Islam belongs to Germany.” German Federal President Christian Wulff expresses himself to the argumentative Sarrazin debates (Thilo Sarrazin wrote a

Women and society

For a long time women were something less than men. The men always ruled the world and women had to obey their husbands. It was really hard for them.  But the problem of discrimination of women is still present. Since the Roman times up until recently it was only the men that had suffrage. The woman had to give a birth to their children, take care of the household and their husbands. When they didn`t obey, the husbands would beat

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