Berlin Street Art

EN/ DE Berlin – as a divided city and symbol of the Cold War – has inspired many street art artists to visualize the historical fate of the city. As a result, many political images are appearing on Berlin’s variety of empty walls that are partly a relict from the damage which the city suffered during the Second World War.

Infographic: Russia's Regional Partners: Now and then

In the 1990s, Russia tried, rather unsuccessfully, to reinforce political and military ties with all major former Soviet republics. Today, the country is forging close ties with only a handful of post-Soviet states, while expanding economic and security cooperation with other regional powers. See more

Infographic: Russia’s 2018 Presidential Elections

Russian presidential elections flow chart

On 18 March 2018, Russians are electing their President for the next six years. Incumbent President Vladimir Putin enjoys high approval rates and will most likely be re-elected. Yet, many Russians may opt not to take part in the vote.

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Infographic: Presidential Elections in Russia 1991-2018

Russian presidential elections 1991-2018

An overview of candidates, voter turnout, and results of the seven presidential elections that have taken place in the Russian Federation between 1991 and 2018.

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China moving towards Autocracy?

Great Hall of the People Logo

China’s National People’s Congress changed the country’s constitution as to remove the ten-year presidential term limit, allowing President Xi to remain in power indefinitely. What implications does this have for China’s political system? Is it becoming more autocratic or more dictatorial?

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Infographic: Europe Moving to the Right

Infographic comparing parliamentary seats in last two elections in European countries

In 2017-18, most European left-of-centre parties suffered a serious defeat in parliamentary elections. In France, the Czech Republic, and Italy, new centrist parties were able to expand their political influence. In Austria, Hungary, and Slovenia, traditional conservative parties regained ground. And, with the exception of UKIP, radical right-wing parties strengthened or maintained their positions across Europe. Read more


Infographic: Democracy and the FIFA World Cup

pie chart reminding of a soccer ball

In 2010, when Russia was selected as host of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the country was ranked by the Polity IV Project as “anocratic” or hybrid political system tilted towards democracy. Whilst the Russian score is on average, most World Cup hosts were considerably more democratic at the time of selection.

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Infografik: Demokratie und die Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft

a political world map of FIFA host countries

2010, als Russland als Austragungsort für den FIFA World Cup 2018 ausgewählt wurde, verfügte es laut dem Polity IV Projekt über ein „anokratisches“ bzw hybrides politisches System mit leichter Tendenz in Richtung Demokratie. Obwohl Russlands Demokratiewert damit im Durchschnitt liegt, waren die meisten anderen Gastgeber der Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft zum Zeitpunkt ihrer Kandidatur deutlich demokratischer.


Presidential Elections in Kyrgyzstan: Democratic Competition in a Clan Society

On 15 October, Kyrgyzstan is electing a new president. These elections are a small sensation in the Central Asian country, because they could mark the first peaceful power transfer since independence. President Atambayev is not seeking another term. At the same time, it is uncertain whether the ruling party’s candidate will be able to win the vote. Still, it would be wrong to speak of democratic elections.

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Präsidentenwahlen in Kirgisien: Demokratischer Wettbewerb in einer Clan-Gesellschaft

Kirgisien wählt am 15. Oktober 2017 einen neuen Präsidenten. Die Wahlen in dem zentralasiatischen Land sind eine kleine Sensation, weil sie den ersten friedlichen Machtwechsel seit der Unabhängigkeit herbeiführen könnten. Präsident Almasbek Atambajew strebt keine weitere Amtszeit an. Gleichsam steht keineswegs fest, dass der Kandidat der Regierungspartei die Wahl für sich entscheiden kann. Dennoch wäre es verfehlt, von demokratischen Wahlen zu sprechen.