About: democratisation

Central Asia 10-03-2021

Why is Uzbekistan relevant for the European Union?

Uzbekistan has been through significant policy changes over the past five years. Under the leadership of Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the country has moved from an isolated dictatorship into a young democracy, writes Vita Kobiela.
Global Europe 28-01-2021

Protests in Belarus and Russia – new hope for the region and EU values?

Authoritarian regimes support one another and learn each other’s “tips and tricks”, but so do the protesters who aim to topple them. The time is ripe for a change, and the EU should uphold the values they are defending.
Central Asia 28-12-2020

Meanwhile in Kazakhstan: Elections unhindered by Covid-19 challenges

The Parliamentary Elections in Kazakhstan to be held on 10 January 2020 should be anticipated with confidence despite the Covid-19 concerns, writes Jeroen Jansen.
Central Asia 25-11-2020

Kazakhstan election holds genuine strategic importance

Kazakhstan will hold its parliamentary election on 10 January with a clear intention to reach the democratic levels enjoyed in the European bloc. Despite the obvious challenges of voting during a pandemic, our government is committed to giving our citizens a voice, writes Aigul Kuspan
Central Asia 17-01-2020

Kazakhstan-EU relations entering a new stage

This New Year marks the start of a fresh chapter in the relationship between the European Union and Kazakhstan and on 20 January, the EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council will discuss the state of play, writes Mukhtar Tileuberdi.
Central Asia 06-01-2020

Political reform in Kazakhstan is also an answer to a global problem

The recent reforms introducing more democracy in Kazakhstan are also an answer to a global problem – how to respond to the lack of public confidence in leadership around the world, writes Shavkat Sabirov.
Azerbaijan 04-12-2019

Azerbaijan: Snap elections are coming – and a new generation of politicians

The expected snap parliamentary elections will likely launch a new democratic era in Azerbaijan, giving the voters a further possibility to advance the reform process, writes Dr. Ceyhun Osmanli.
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.
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...
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...