Protests in Lebanon – a genuine outcry to end political sectarianism?

Since 17 October 2019, Lebanon has both felt paralyzed and restless at the same time. Following the announcement of new taxes with relation to telecommunications services, people spontaneously took to the streets to protest. For the first time, the Lebanese people are not relating to any religious or sectarian divisions, …

The nuclear deal with Iran: from a historic deal for peace to (again) the brink of war

Introduction: what the 2015 JCPOA entails In July 2015 the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed upon between the EU, China, Russia, the US, France, Germany, the UK and Iran. After a decade of trying to reach a nuclear deal, it was deemed historic. The deal was meant …

Das Erbe der Pariser Vorortverträge 1919 und die Autokratie in Ungarn

Die autokratische Politik in Ungarn und ihr Verständnis von (illiberaler) Demokratie und Rechtsstaatlichkeit wurzelt in den Friedensverträgen von Paris. Der Zivilisationsbruch des Ersten Weltkrieges führte in der Staatsrechtslehre zur Ablehnung der monarchischen Herrschaftslegitimation und zur allgemeinen Anerkennung des nationalen und des demokratischen Selbstbestimmungsprinzips. In seiner demokratischen Formulierung beruht dieses Prinzip …

Sudan in Transition

Sudan’s Interim Constitutional Arrangement: The Risk of Sharing a Non-Existent Cake The tense negotiations on a transitional power-sharing framework in Sudan finally appear to have been successful. The Constitutional Charter for the Transition Period, signed on 17 August 2019, establishes a Sovereignty Council with an equal representation of five civilians …