About: democratic deficit

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.

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.
Freedom of thought 06-06-2017

4 June 1989 in Poland: A date to celebrate or to forget?

Under PiS Chairman Jarosław Kaczyński (hailed “Naczelnik” by supporters - a title, meaning “Chief of State”), who is in his second year as President, the country is turning away from the EU’s liberal-democratic values the Poles so painstakingly won in 1989, writes Martin Mycielski.
Global Europe 13-06-2016

Without citizens’ support, EU falls pray to populists and Russian influence

The European project as it stands now is not based on the broad consensus of the European public, and that’s why populists and Russian propaganda are so successful, writes Tomáš Zdechovský .
Global Europe 18-05-2016

Council of Europe can do without Russia

In light of human rights violations in Crimea and a new law allowing Russia to ignore rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, there is no justification for the country to remain in the Council of Europe, writes Susan Stewart.
Poland treated all present in EU institutions with delicious strawberries
Global Europe 13-04-2016

The Polish opportunity

Instead of trying to teach Poland lessons on democracy, the EU should instead recognise the country’s economic strength, and its courage to oppose Russia’s aggression, writes Roger Hodgkiss.
Global Europe 06-04-2016

Erdogan’s not mad, he’s ruthless

If President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is going to become the single centre of power in Turkey, he must crush his domestic opposition and the PKK, and with its refugee deal, the EU is helping him do that, writes George Friedman.
Central Europe 11-09-2015

Press freedom in Romania: The success story of imprisoned media owners

Financially unsustainable and legally grey Romanian media have started to crumble, together with their corresponding tycoons, write Manuela Preoteasa and Andrei Schwartz.
Enlargement 10-06-2015

Macedonia needs new government of national unity

This week European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn has a vital chance to define the democratic standards for candidates for EU membership, and show the lines that they cannot cross, write Heather Grabbe and Goran Buldioski.
Global Europe 06-04-2015

Turkmenistan looks to the West

Due to worsening relations with Russia, its increasing dependence on China and fears of destabilisation, Turkmenistan is adjusting its foreign policy and trying to bolster its cooperation with the West in the field of energy and security, writes the Polish think-tank OSW in an analysis.
EU Priorities 2020 16-03-2015

The case for common rules for EU democracy

The initiative of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Affairs to reform the outdated European electoral law is a positive move. A reform of the European electoral system and the rules governing the European parties is necessary to strengthen the link between the European parties and the European public, writes Bernd Hüttemann.
Birgitta Ohlsson, Swedish Minister of European Affairs
EU Elections 2014 07-05-2014

Time for a citizen-oriented EU

Subsidiarity is a key principle that needs strengthening, but Europe badly needs to start working out policies and actions that bind EU citizens closer to the project, says Birgitta Ohlsson.
Enlargement 06-05-2014

Democracy has lost its meaning in Macedonia

It may be a moot point whether Macedonia today meets the dictionary definition of a democracy – but despair is not the answer, writes Erwan Fouéré.
Show of hands [bikeriderlondon/Shutterstock]
Digital 24-04-2014

What’s next for e-democracy?

The Internet has brought about opportunities for citizens to get involved in democracy and policymaking. Is there real appetite for e-democracy and online participation, or is it outweighed by reluctance or apathy, Jan Malinowski asks.

The case of Judge Todorova, or what is wrong with justice in Bulgaria

Judges in Bulgaria are sanctioned not when they commit a violation, but when they disobey, writes Ivanka Ivanova.
Central Europe 30-04-2013

Hungary responds to suspicions with facts

In this opinion piece, Hungarian minister Enik? Gy?ri reacts to criticism by Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt on Hungary's constitutional changes. EURACTIV has suggested that the debate continues on video.
Elections 24-04-2013

Hungarian leaders are playing ‘cat and mouse’ with the EU

The gradual erosion in Hungary of the fundamental checks and balances of a democratic society is not going unnoticed, writes Guy Verhofstadt.
Public Affairs 11-10-2007

The flaws in Europe’s democracy

In an article published in the autumn 2007 issue of Europe's World, Jerzy Baczynski looks at the reality of democracy in the EU's new member states and addresses the 'democratic deficit' issue.

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