For years, populist right-wing political forces have not had much luck in Germany despite success in neighboring European countries, but the rise of the anti-Islam, nativist AfD party marks the end of that period. To win back voter trust, Chancellor Merkel and her CDU party must stay in the center, not play to the right.
The UN summit has created momentum for better refugee policies, aiming to agree on a Global Compact for Refugees by 2018. To avoid mission creep, leaders should make it their priority to create mechanisms that track follow up and devise incentives for communities to resettle more individuals in need.
Now 10-years old, the UN Human Rights Council continues to elect and be highly influenced by Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and other states with abysmal human rights records. What realistic steps can be taken to make intergovernmental human rights work more credible and effective? The key is to provide political incentives for states to adopt positions in support of human rights.
by Steffen Eckhard
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