About: democratisation

Central Asia 06-11-2017

EU hesitates to recognise Kazakhstan as European

Kazakhstan is searching for a post-Soviet identity somewhere between its traditional Kazakh and Turkish cultures, Europe and multiculturalism, diplomats have told EURACTIV. But Europe has been slow to forge closer ties with the young country, despite its strategic location and potential.

Public Affairs 09-01-2017

Portugal, EU pay last respects to ex-leader Soares

Portugal on Sunday (8 January) prepared to pay its final respects to Mário Soares, widely seen as the father of the country's modern-day democracy, after the former president died in hospital, at the age of 92.

Global Europe 07-12-2015

Venezuelan opposition thrashes ‘Chavismo’

Venezuela's opposition trounced the ruling Socialists yesterday (6 December) to win the legislature for the first time in 16 years and gain a long-sought platform to challenge President Nicolas Maduro's rule of the OPEC nation.

Development Policy 11-09-2015

Europe and Myanmar strengthen ties ahead of elections

Myanmar is progressing at a snail's pace towards the end of nearly half a century of military rule. The campaign for the first free elections, to be held on 8 November, started on Tuesday (September 8). EURACTIV reports from Yangon.

Development Policy 10-09-2015

EU-Cuba talks unlikely to conclude before December deadline

The European Union and Cuba opened a new round of talks on normalizing ties yesterday (9 September) in Havana, taking on the sensitive subjects of politics and human rights.

Development Policy 09-09-2015

Aung San Suu Kyi calls on the world to closely watch the Myanmar election

As official campaigning starts in Myanmar’s long-awaited general election the leader of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi called on the world to keep a close eye on the process.

Central Europe 17-11-2014

Czechs mark Velvet Revolution anniversary with red cards and candles

Czechs marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of communism in Prague on Monday by again marching in protest, this time waving red cards, rather than jangling their keys to serve notice to unpopular rulers.

Development Policy 03-11-2014

Peace in Colombia is peace in the world

The peace process conducted with the FARC guerillas has led profound changes for Colombia, including boosting rural development, the origin of our conflict, changing bullets for votes, and dismantling of the mafia drug trafficking structures, writes Columbia's president, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón.

Med & South 24-07-2013

Tunisian civil society groups need help from Europe

The European support to Tunisia should not turn into empowering the very people and groups against whom Tunisians revolted in 2011, writes Mourad Teyeb.

Global Europe 28-02-2012

An online voice for the Arab Spring

One year after the Arab Spring, Europe's obligation is to promote dialogue in order to affirm its core values and assist those countries' struggle for democratisation, writes Tomi Huhtanen from the Centre for European Studies.

Med & South 07-04-2011

The EU’s post-revolutionary neighbourhood policy: We should not forget the East

The North African revolutions have turned the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy into a stormy debate, writes Katarzyna Pe?czy?ska-Na??cz in this analysis. However, Europe should at the same time reconsider its ties with some of its eastern authoritarian neighbours.

Global Europe 26-01-2011

‘Jasmine revolution’ rocks Egypt

Unprecedented protests demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian rule took place in Egypt's capital Cairo yesterday (25 January). Demonstrators said they were inspired by the recent uprising in Tunisia.

Elections 26-05-2010

New opposition leader brings excitement to Turkish politics

The election of Kemal K?l?çdaro?lu as leader of the main Turkish opposition CHP party was heralded by the press as a potential earthquake in the country’s politics. EURACTIV Turkey contributed to this article.

Enlargement 30-03-2010

Turkish constitutional reform under fire from opposition, business

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said that his ruling AK Party will send its constitutional reform package to parliament today (30 March). But the proposed reforms were met with hostility from the opposition and the business community.

Enlargement 10-11-2006

Commentary News: Central Europe must tackle its political malaise

Recent economic successes in Central Europe have not been replicated in the political sphere, write Pawel Swieboda and Scott Salembier, in an article published in the Financial Times on the 5 October 2006.

Enlargement 19-10-2005

Democratisation in the European neighbourhood

The chapters of this book, downloadable from the Centre for European Policy Studies website, were in most cases initially presented as working papers to a conference on “American and European Approaches to Democratisation in the European Neighbourhood”, held in Brussels at CEPS on 20-21 June 2005. It is mainly concerned with current developments along the two major frontlines of democratisation in the European neighbourhood – states of the former Soviet Union to the east and Arab Mediterranean states to the south, and EU policies in this wide region.

Enlargement 21-09-2001

The crisis as catharsis in European Union-Turkey relations

At the Helsinki European Council of December 1999 the political leaders of the European Union Member States have declared Turkey "a candidate State destined to join the Union on the basis of the same criteria as applied to the other candidate States." The year and a half that have passed since the Helsinki decision have …

Enlargement 19-09-2001

EU-Turkey relations: The national programme for a European future

The statements of the Helsinki European Council of December 1999 continue to serve as the guiding principles of the EU-Turkey relations: "Turkey is a candidate State destined to join the Union on the basis of the same criteria as applied to the other candidate States. Building on the existing European strategy, Turkey, like other candidate …