About: democratic deficit

Global Europe 13-07-2018

Israel reprimands EU envoy in row over discriminatory bill

Israel summoned the EU ambassador yesterday (12 July) over allegations of interference in the passage of a controversial law which could pave the way for Jewish-only communities.
Future EU 30-05-2018

Hungary moves to jail NGOs for helping migrants

Individuals or groups who help migrants not entitled to protection to submit requests for asylum or who help illegal migrants gain status to stay in Hungary will be liable to jail under legislation submitted to parliament on Tuesday (29 May).
Global Europe 23-04-2018

Erdogan: Austria will ‘pay a price’ for banning Turkish campaigning

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Saturday (21 April) criticised Austria for planning to ban any possible campaigning for the June elections, saying that countries attempting to undermine his country's democratic struggle would "pay a price".
Armenia 23-04-2018

Police in Armenia detain opposition leaders, protesters

Police in Armenia detained three opposition leaders and nearly 200 protesters on Sunday (22 April), drawing a rebuke from the European Union after demonstrators demanded newly appointed Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan quit.
Central Asia 13-04-2018

New Kyrgyzstan president sails through first EU visit

The leaders of the EU institutions received the new Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov on Thursday (12 April) for talks that focused on steadily improving relations between the countries of Central Asia and the negotiation of a new Kyrgyzstan-EU agreement.
Armenia 12-04-2018

Armenia and Azerbaijan simultaneously re-boot their leaders

Armenia's Serzh Sargsyan was nominated yesterday (11 April) to be the country's prime minister, days after he stepped down as president. On the same Azerbaijan strongman Ilham Aliyev secured a fourth consecutive term in an early election.
Azerbaijan 09-04-2018

Game of thrones in Armenia and Azerbaijan

There is little doubt that the winner of the snap presidential election in Azerbaijan on Wednesday (11 April) will be its incumbent head of state, Ilham Aliyev. More interesting is the motive for such a move - which may well be the wish to counter the consolidation of power in arch-foe Armenia.
Politics 19-02-2018

Mr Macron, here’s how not to spoil your historic heart-to-heart with EU citizens

French President Emmanuel Macron has convinced (most of) his fellow Heads of State and government to do the unimaginable: ask Europeans what they want for the future of the Union. But the way governments are planning to go about this will lead to more frustration and confusion, write Stephen Boucher and Lex Paulson.
Azerbaijan 12-02-2018

Azerbaijan opposition vows to boycott snap presidential vote

Leaders of Azerbaijan's main opposition parties pledged on Monday (12 February) to boycott a snap presidential election which is expected to extend the autocratic rule of President Ilham Aliyev.
Global Europe 26-01-2018

Turkey tells EU to back their anti-Kurd campaign in Syria

Turkey's European affairs ministers told the EU yesterday (25 January) to side with Ankara in its campaign against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria.

In blow to Hungary, EU court rejects refugee ‘gay tests’

The EU's top court yesterday (25 January) ruled that psychological tests to determine sexuality are illegal for asylum seekers fleeing countries where homosexuality is illegal.
Global Europe 12-01-2018

Turkish courts reject jailed journalists’ request to be released

Turkish penal courts decided to keep two jailed journalists in detention, state-run news agency Anadolu said yesterday (11 January), hours after a top court had requested they be released because their rights had been violated while in custody.
Future EU 05-01-2018

‘Disillusioned’ Poles turn to Germany

Many Poles choose Germany for a better life, as in their home country they feel that freedom standards are returning to those under communism.

The Bulgarian judiciary explained

The judiciary in Bulgaria has been a victim of political dependence and of civil society indifference, the only novelty now is that even the European Commission is willing to close its eyes, writes Krassen Nikolov.
Future EU 03-01-2018

Expert: The EU political agenda must be set by ordinary citizens

Arguing for an alternative vision of European cooperation, political scientist Richard Youngs told EURACTIV that an EU rethink must include new voices and involve a fully participative process of consultation, in line with what French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed in recent months. In his new book he shows how that can be achieved.
Future EU 15-12-2017

Polish PM expects ‘nuclear’ article 7 to be triggered next Wednesday

Poland's new prime minister said on Thursday (14 December) that he expects the EU to impose unprecedented sanctions next week that could strip his government of its voting rights over its controversial court reforms.
Freedom of thought 12-12-2017

Polish TV channel fined over coverage of protests

Poland's media regulator has fined a major news channel over alleged biased coverage of anti-government protests in December 2016, and the broadcaster TVN24 vowed on Tuesday (12 December) to appeal.

Macron receives Szydlo, tones down criticism of Poland

French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday (23 November) that Poland's plans to overhaul the judiciary remained a cause for concern though there were a decreasing number of subjects where the two countries did not see eye-to-eye.
Africa 22-09-2017

EU socialists make ‘progressive’ push in Tunisia ahead of election

The European Parliament's Socialists and Democrats (S&D Group) is exploring ways to bring progressive centre-left forces in Tunisia into the fold in order to ensure a democratic transition ahead of the country's first post-revolution municipality election.
Enlargement 21-08-2017

Kosovo’s election deadlock blocks funds, recognition

Kosovo's failure to establish a government two months after an election is stalling its bids for greater international recognition and blocking funds for the poverty-stricken country.
Enlargement 14-08-2017

Western powers concerned at Kosovo political deadlock

Leading western powers voiced concern yesterday (13 August) at political deadlock in Kosovo, which has still not formed a government two months after snap elections in the tiny country, a former Serbian province.
Freedom of thought 24-07-2017

Candlelight protest against changes to Poland’s judiciary

Thousands of demonstrators bearing candles marched on the Polish Supreme Court on Sunday (23 July) in protest against controversial proposed judicial reforms.
Politics 20-07-2017

Germany says EU aid to Turkey could be halted over arrests

Germany raised the possibility on Wednesday (19 July) of suspending European Union aid payments to Turkey after summoning Ankara's ambassador to Berlin to protest over the arrest of six human rights activists including a German citizen.

Timmermans dangles Article 7, makes appeal to the Poles

The Commission is likely to call for the triggering of Article 7 next Wednesday (26 July) with respect to Poland, often referred to as “the nuclear option” to punish an EU member state, it emerged following the weekly meeting of the EU executive today (19 July).