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29/04/2016

EU action is needed to consolidate democracy in Venezuela

Topic: Democracy


Enlargement 27-04-2016

Geneva refuses to remove exhibition photo attacking Erdogan

The authorities of the Swiss city of Geneva have refused to remove a photograph from an exhibition in the city, which blames the death of a Turkish teenager on Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Elections 20-04-2016

Ivan Krastev: Referendums cannot negotiate with each other

It is impossible that 20 % of the Dutch voters should take hostage of a common EU policy. The EU created a gifted class of intellectuals and bureaucrats and others, but they really lack a genuine political experience, Ivan Krastev told EurActiv Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
Trade & Society 20-04-2016

TTIP investment court 'incompatible with human rights'

The EU's new investment court is no more consistent with fundamental rights than the previous investor-state dispute settlement system, according to a UN human rights expert. EurActiv France reports.
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Development Policy 14-04-2016

EU looks to confirm aid as a lever on human rights issues

SPECIAL REPORT / For over 20 years, the EU has used development assistance as a lever to advance the cause of human rights. But with the current cooperation framework soon to expire, the future of aid conditionality looks uncertain. EurActiv France reports.
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The Better Regulation Package under the looking-glass

The European Commission’s “Better Regulation Package” makes significant changes to the lawmaking process in Europe.
Enlargement 01-04-2016

Turkish reporters back in court for press freedom case

The controversial trial of two well-known Turkish journalists enters its second day Friday (1 April) in a case seen as a test of press freedom under the increasingly autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Global Europe 20-03-2016

Congo goes to vote, questions remain on the nascent democracy

SPECIAL REPORT / Election analysts and surveys suggest that President Denis Sassou Nguesso will claim between 60-70% of the vote in the first round of elections on Sunday (20 March). Is Sassou’s likely victory a triumph or defeat for Congolese democracy?
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Trade & Society 18-03-2016

Trade for democracy in South-East Asia

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission’s “Trade for All” strategy aims at increasing the effectiveness and transparency of the EU’s trade policy, as well as promoting the respect of European values and responsible practices among trade partners.
Central Europe 11-03-2016

Poles launch campaign against court reform

Tens of thousands of Poles took to Facebook Thursday (10 March) to support the country's top court in a constitutional battle against the right-wing government.
Global Europe 10-03-2016

Tunisia must confirm its commitment to minority rights

Tunisia is a promising young democracy in many ways, but its penal code must be brought into line with its constitution to prevent the persecution of homosexuals, writes Ian Duncan.
Elections 09-03-2016

Merkel faces rising challenge from far-right AfD

Chancellor Angela Merkel's party risks a drubbing at key state elections Sunday (9 March) as voters are expected to punish the German leader for her liberal refugee policy, while the nationalist Alternative für Deutschland eyes major gains as it scoops up the protest vote.
Enlargement 08-03-2016

Acknowledging Albania's Iranian refugee policy

Albania deserves greater recognition for its commitment to democracy and human rights, as demonstrated by its willingness to accept political refugees from Iran, argues Alejo Vidal-Quadras.
Central Europe 29-02-2016

Thousands back democracy icon Walesa at Polish rally

Some 15,000 people gathered in the Polish city of Gdansk on Sunday (28 February), police said, in a show of support for Solidarity freedom hero Lech Wałęsa as he battles allegations he was a paid secret agent during the Communist period.
Elections 25-02-2016

What’s in a name?: Macedonia’s problems go much deeper

Deadlines continue to come and go with wearisome rapidity in the ongoing political crisis between the two majority ethnic political parties of Macedonia, writes Richard Howitt MEP.
Elections 22-02-2016

Macedonia not ready for 'credible' polls by April: EU, US ambassadors

Macedonia's preparations for planned snap elections in April have not progressed enough to hold a "credible" vote by then, the US and EU ambassadors to the country said yesterday (21 February).
Central Europe 15-02-2016

US senators urge Poland to respect democracy, rule of law

Poland should recommit to the respect for democracy, human rights, and rule of law, three US senators said in a letter sent to the prime minister, referring to new laws on media and the constitutional court.
Global Europe 09-02-2016

Israeli NGOs receiving EU funds targeted by new bill

A bill that opponents say targets Israeli human rights groups critical of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians won initial approval in parliament yesterday (8 February) with the support of right-wing parties.
Central Europe 08-02-2016

Poland's new right-wing government shakes up public media

Within a few short weeks, Poland's public media have become more combative, more Eurosceptic and more favourably disposed to the authorities, amid a purge by the new right-wing government that has triggered broad outcry, experts say.
Europe's East 04-02-2016

Gorbachev: ‘I am ashamed by Putin and Medvedev’

In a Russian video interview published on Monday (1 February), former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev harshly criticises President Vladimir Putin, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Central Europe 04-02-2016

Hungarians protest tight government control of education

Thousands of Hungarians protested on Wednesday (3 February) against reforms of the education system by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's centre-right government that they consider oppressive and heavy-handed.

Any New Year’s resolutions, Mr Orbán?

Old tricks die hard in the European Union’s ‘rogue state’, but the West must acknowledge its hand in fuelling the political decline in Hungary, writes Juan Garcia. 
Development Policy 19-01-2016

Europe’s missing nod to Tibet’s development track record

Tibet has come a long way since the feudal serfdom that was still widespread in the 1960s. Today’s EU leaders would, undoubtedly, welcome the progress and democratic reforms carried out since the region’s autonomy came into effect, writes Ciyang.

French democracy under 'threat' from state of emergency

France's decision to install a state of emergency following the deadly November 13 attacks in Paris could constitute a "threat" to democracy, a European Council human rights observer said Tuesday (12 January).
Global Europe 12-01-2016

EU action is needed to consolidate democracy in Venezuela

The EU should lead the international community in ensuring a peaceful transition of power in Venezuela and giving the Venezuelan people the democracy they deserve, writes Dita Charanzová.