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The New German Coalition’s Taiwan Policy Brings New Opportunities

Two months after Germans went to the polls, a new coalition has finally been agreed to, made up of parliament members of the Socialist Democratic Party of German, the Green Party, and the Free Democratic Party. Nicknamed the “Traffic Light Coalition,” due to the fact that the colors of each party resemble the colors of traffic lights in Germany (Red, Green, and Yellow); Taiwan was specifically mentioned in their coalition statement...

Four Referendum Campaigns Launched In The Two Months After Changes To Referendum Act

Amending the so-called “Birdcage Referendum Act” has long been a demand of Taiwanese activists. In particular, holding a nationwide referendum was seen as a way to settle long-standing domestic issues in Taiwanese politics, such as with regards to the usage of nuclear energy in Taiwan, as well as the fundamental issue of independence versus unification, which goes to the heart of Taiwan’s unique political situation in global politics. It may not be too surprising, then, that calls for referendum have now become an object of political contestation on a number of issues. At least four campaigns for referendum are now under way in Taiwan that have been launched in the two months since changes to the Referendum Act in December of last year...