Democracy and Rule of Law

    • Research

    Kenya’s Watershed Election: Implications for EU Policy

    Kenya’s electoral process and democratic progress offer lessons for other countries in the Horn of Africa. However, further reforms are needed to strengthen the judiciary, enhance women’s political representation, and support civic spaces.

    • Commentary

    For Bulgaria, Borissov’s Comeback Is No Path to Stability

    Bulgaria's general election should have identified whether voters were willing tolerate state capture and corruption. The return of Boyko Borissov demonstrates the resilience of the status quo, which relies on a shaky coalition that includes kleptocrats, oligarchs, opportunists and far-right populists.

    • Commentary

    Erdogan’s Relationship With Putin is Part of His Game

    Turkey’s positioning as the antithesis of European values, as well as its relationship with Russia, should raise questions about Ankara’s presence in the proposed European Political Community. The EU must not abandon its own principles and convictions in the name of realpolitik.

    • Commentary

    How Significant is Labour’s Poll Surge?

    The contrast between the different polls predicting Labour versus Conservative electoral support is significant, making it difficult to determine how much of a chance the latter has of regaining ground. However, it is likely that the Tories will not recover enough to avoid defeat.

    • Multimedia

    Bulgaria’s Elections: A Shift Away From the West and Toward the Kremlin?

    Political and economic turmoil in Sofia has resulted in the fourth election in just 18 months. Should former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov return to power, the new government is unlikely to take a tough stance against Russia.

    • Commentary

    A Democratic Roadmap for Ukraine

    International support for Ukraine thus far has focused on immediate priorities. While supplying weapons, sanctioning Russia, and adjusting energy prices are of great importance, a longer-term vision is also needed to ensure a better future for Ukraine.

    • Commentary

    Why Labour Should Back Electoral Reform

    Reform of the UK's electoral system is on the agenda at the Labour Party conference. While voting for such change could seal Labour's fate, the use of proportional representation to elect members of parliament is better suited for today's political landscape.

    • Commentary

    A Meloni-Led Government Need Not Spell Disaster for Italy’s Institutions

    The likely electoral victory of a right-wing coalition in Italy raises fears in Europe, especially for the country’s democratic resilience. Although democracy will remain intact, economic stability and civil rights could still be undermined.

    • Strategic Europe

    Judy Asks: Is the EU Too Soft on Hungary?

    For too long, the EU has neglected Viktor Orbán’s attack on its fundamental values. Brussels must use its financial leverage to halt Hungary’s democratic decline.

    • Research

    Five Lessons on International Rule of Law Support

    • Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
    • September 06, 2022

    The promotion of the rule of law across borders should be implemented based on clear and objective standards, and distinguished from state-building exercises.

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