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Future EU 29-01-2021

Will deliberation save democracy in crisis?

European democracy is in urgent need of reinventing itself. Under threat by polarization and disinformation, deliberative democracy could help bring back power to the people, from the hyperlocal to the international political field, write Pepijn Kennis and Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.
Freedom of thought 16-05-2017

ACP states push back at New Consensus on Development over ‘democracy’ deficit

Voices from the African, Caribbean and Pacific nation states pushed back on Monday (15 May) at the focus on ‘democracy’ in the European New Consensus on Development, in a debate which opens old wounds between donor countries, and developing nations.
Armenia 07-12-2015

Armenia holds referendum on divisive constitutional reforms

Armenians voted in a referendum on constitutional reforms on Sunday (6 December) which the opposition claims are aimed at keeping the ex-Soviet state's President, Serzh Sargsyan, in power.
Global Europe 15-10-2015

Myanmar signs limited truce with rebels, but fighting persists

Myanmar today (15 October) signed a limited ceasefire with eight ethnic minority armies, in a step towards ending decades of civil war but diminished by the refusal of several other rebel groups to join the deal.
Med & South 04-09-2015

Putin: Blind Western policies created the migrant crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday (4 September) that the European countries who are backing the US policy to export democracy in their neighbourhood have engineered the current migrant exodus that is submerging the EU.
Global Europe 02-09-2015

Russia tells EU to abandon ‘messianic’ project of exporting democracy

A prominent Russian diplomat has called on the EU to abandon his “messianic” project of exporting democracy and instead solve its problems together with Russia, and not at its expense.
Jerzy Pomianowski. [Georgi Gotev]
Development Policy 15-04-2014

Jerzy Pomianowski: France could do more for human rights

France spends too little of its development aid on support for democracy and has not yet contributed to funding the European Endowment for Democracy, a new independent foundation that supports local actors in EU’s neighbourhood for democratic change, Jerzy Pomianowski, the executive director of the organisation has told EURACTIV in an interview.
Global Europe 06-05-2013

EU official: The Arab Spring revealed our weaknesses

The Arab Spring has been a wake-up call for the EU as it showed that the Union has not always been coherent and consistent in its foreign relations, Dick Toornstra told EURACTIV in an interview.
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Future EU 29-03-2012

EU, from April 1, will allow citizens to propose laws

It is not an April Fool's joke. It is finally happening. After years of talks, the EU will launch on the 1st of April the European Citizens initiative. The programme will enable people to propose new laws. Citizens will need to collect one million signatures from at least 7 different member states.
Europe's East 10-06-2011

Ukraine, EU look to past to shape future

Ukrainian and EU representatives made excursions in history, in an attempt to define the future of the relations between the Union and the biggest country in its neighbourhood, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of its independence from the former Soviet Union.
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