Countries around the world are struggling to bridge the gap between citizens and political elites. Innovative practices outside the West, while far from ideal, should be considered in debates about democratic renewal in Europe.
Polls in the UK show a significant gap between the popularity of the Tories’ new leader, Rishi Sunak, and trust in the conservatives. To compete with Labour in the next election, the primer minister must overcome the voters’ deep contempt for his party.
FIFA’s decision to give Qatar hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup brought criticism—and opportunities for change. With fans’ chants for the protection of human rights getting louder, will the country and FIFA answer with long-term reforms?
Former chancellor Rishi Sunak has become the new UK prime minister. If he manages to win respect from both the voters and the markets, Labour’s current advantage in the polls may come into question.
It is very likely that the Tories will be kicked out of power at the next election. What is far from certain is whether Labour will win a big enough majority to last a full five-year parliament.
German’s nation-wide public transportation ticket in the summer of 2022 offered access to the entire country for just nine euros. The project, and its understanding of interdepartmental coordination and citizen engagement, might serve as a model for foreign policy innovation.
Getting forty-four leaders from across Europe to meet in Prague was an achievement in itself. But it involved substituting values and principles for realpolitik and left fundamental questions open.
The protests in Iran today are very different from the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which relied on structured support within the country. For the time being, real change is unlikely to occur, as this bottom-up action lacks systematic organization and charismatic leadership.
External interference in the West’s domestic affairs has prompted the European Parliament to consider tightening restrictions on foreign funding and individuals. The EU must tackle this challenge without eroding civic spaces or limiting support for civil society.
The democratic quality of states, including those in the West, have been declining as of late. More effective diplomatic engagement and political support from the international community may help where governments enforce restrictions on civil society.