About: democratic deficit

Disinformation 16-08-2022

To stop war breaking out in Kosovo, media freedom in Serbia must be addressed

An explosion of Russian disinformation threatened a breakout of conflict in Kosovo, highlighting the urgent need to address the declining information environment in the region, writes Antoinette Nikolova.
Enlargement 01-03-2022

Serbia elects amid crisis of democracy

Two years later, the officially stated reasons for the extraordinary elections in Serbia are proving that the parties that boycotted the 2020 election were right, writes Aleksandra Tomanić.
Media 10-02-2022

Turkey says DW, VOA, Euronews must obtain licences or have access blocked

Turkey's broadcasting watchdog has given three international news agencies 72 hours to obtain an operating licence or else have access to their platforms blocked, one of its members said on Wednesday (9 February).
Enlargement 04-02-2022

Serbia’s green activists rally against lithium mining

Hundreds of Serbian environmental activists on Thursday (3 February) blocked Belgrade's city centre, demanding a ban on all lithium and borates mining and exploration in the Balkan country.
Enlargement 28-01-2022

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic accused of ‘bribing voters’

The president of the 'Black and White' (Crno na Belo) movement in Serbia, law professor Vladimir Vuletić, said he would file criminal charges against Serbia's President Aleksandar Vučić, for what he described as "bribing voters" ahead of the 3 April elections.
Media 23-07-2021

Telekom Srbija: Vucic’s weapon to stifle media freedom

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić bases his power largely on media influence. In this respect, state-owned cable and broadband provider Telekom Srbija is used as a political weapon, writes Darko Čačić.
Enlargement 17-05-2021

Serbia rewards president’s controversial media aide with top culture post

Serbia’s appointment last week of Suzana Vasiljević, media aide to President Aleksandar Vučić, to the management of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, despite her lacking any connection to classical music, has raised many eyebrows in the country.
Enlargement 11-05-2021

Albania has voted – will it be a new momentum for its EU path?

Pressed by major challenges such as endemic corruption, brain drain and economic hurdles, Albania needs a strong and stable political establishment that will push for an ambitious reform agenda. The latest elections provide hope, but much work lies ahead, write Tobias Rüttershoff and Teona Lavrelashvili.
Eastern Europe 11-05-2021

Georgia opposition leader walks free after EU posts bail

Georgia on Monday (10 May) released jailed opposition leader Nika Melia on bail posted by the European Union, in a move expected to defuse a political crisis in the Caucasus country.
Enlargement 28-04-2021

Albania PM declares victory but opponents cry foul

Albania's prime minister declared victory in parliamentary elections on Tuesday (27 April) and claimed a record third term in office, but the opposition has refused to accept the result.
Enlargement 26-04-2021

Albania parties at loggerheads after hard-fought election

Albania's opposition claimed victory after a parliamentary election on Sunday (25 April) seen as crucial to the country's dreams of EU membership, but the ruling party said it was too soon to call a result.
Central Asia 12-04-2021

Kyrgyz voters approve expanded powers for president

Voters in Kyrgyzstan granted sweeping powers to President Sadyr Japarov on Sunday (11 April) in a constitutional referendum that will also allow him to run for re-election, preliminary results showed.
Central Asia 11-01-2021

Kyrgyz nationalist Japarov wins landslide victory in presidential poll

Nationalist politician Sadyr Japarov won a landslide victory on Sunday (10 January) in Kyrgyzstan’s snap presidential election, which was triggered by the collapse of the previous government.
Central Europe 09-10-2020

Kyrgyzstan president says ready to resign once new cabinet appointed

Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbai Jeenbekov said he was ready to resign once a new cabinet was appointed to end the power vacuum in the Central Asian nation gripped by unrest since opposition supporters seized government buildings on Tuesday.
Central Asia 07-10-2020

Protesters and vigilantes scuffle in Kyrgyz capital as political crisis festers

Anti-government protesters scuffled with vigilante groups in Kyrgyzstan’s capital of Bishek overnight, after authorities in the Central Asian nation annulled parliamentary election results.
Central Asia 06-10-2020

EU ‘takes note’ of failed elections in Kyrgyzstan

The EU on Tuesday (6 October) said it has “taken note” of the declaration made the same day by the Central Electoral Commission that the results of the elections held on Sunday are not valid.
Enlargement 03-03-2020

Albania opposition rallies to stop ‘coup d’état’ over reforms

Thousands of opposition supporters denounced Albania's government at a protest rally on Monday (2 March) in a move likely to deepen a row between the country's president and the socialist administration over judicial reforms sought by the West.
Enlargement 17-12-2019

State capture threatens Serbia’s EU integration process

For years, Serbia has been labelled as one of the frontrunners for EU accession in the Western Balkans, being one of two countries in the region currently negotiating membership. Unfortunately, there is little truth in this perception, write representatives of the Serbian opposition.
Europe's East 09-12-2019

Belarus crowds rally against closer Russia ties, wave EU flags

Roughly 1,000 Belarusians joined an unauthorised demonstration on Saturday (7 December) against the prospect of a closer union with Russia.
Global Europe 29-07-2019

1,400 arrested at Moscow election protest, EU reacts

The EU denounced “disproportionate use of force against peaceful protesters” on Saturday (27 July), after Russian police arrested nearly 1,400 people as they gathered in Moscow at the weekend to demand free and fair elections, the biggest such crackdown in years.
Central Asia 31-05-2019

Internet censorship eased as EU Council chief visits Tajikistan

Ex-Soviet Tajikistan appeared to unblock several popular websites and Google services during European Council President Donald Tusk’s visit to the country as part of a regional tour Thursday. Tusk was holding talks with veteran Tajik leader Emomali Rakhmon Thursday (30...
Global Europe 05-03-2019

Lukashenko seeks better ties with West despite Russian ‘hysteric’ reactions

Belarus will seek better ties with the West even though this provokes “hysterics” from its traditional ally Russia, long-serving President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday (5 March), a day after lifting a cap of five US diplomats in his country....
Enlargement 27-02-2019

Albanian police disperse opposition protest with teargas

Albanian police used teargas Tuesday (26 February) to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters who tried to prevent ruling Socialist MPs from entering parliament.
EU-Africa 11-01-2019

World reaction cautious to disputed DR Congo vote result

Foreign leaders reacted cautiously to the outcome of DR Congo's presidential election Thursday (10 January), with many choosing not to congratulate the man declared winner and appealing for disputes to be settled peacefully.