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25 years of democratic change in Central and Eastern Europe: The European Parliament and the end of the Cold War

Written by Iolanda Mombelli A roundtable discussion was organised on 3 February 2015 in the Library Reading Room, with the participation of distinguished guests Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Latvia from 2009 to 2014, Enrique Barón Crespo, President of the European Parliament from 1989 to 1992, Hans-Gert Pöttering, … Continue reading

In focus – the European Parliament has more power

The European Parliament (EP) is the only directly elected EU institution. The upcoming elections will highlight the increase in its powers subsequent to the Lisbon Treaty – for example, the EP will elect the European Commission President, on the basis of a proposal from the Heads of State, and taking into account the European elections. … Continue reading

Democratic Deficit in the Economic Governance of the EU

The financial crisis and the anti-crisis measures thereafter highlighted the issue of democratic scrutiny over decisions taken by the European Council and the Member States (MS) outside the framework of the European Union (EU). This has triggered debate about the EU’s democratic deficit in the area of the Economic Governance, because of the limited powers … Continue reading

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood experience: International response and regional implications

Accused of taking an authori­tarian turn and being unable to sort Egypt’s economic problems, Mohammed Morsi, the democrat­ically elected Egyptian president was ousted earlier this year. The ensuing crackdown on his party, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), has pushed the organisation to return to the underground organisation with which it had worked for decades. The implications … Continue reading

Mali: reconstruction and democratisation

6 language versions available in PDF format Mali Wiederaufbau und Demokratisierung Mali: reconstrucción y democratización Mali: reconstruction et démocratisation Mali: ricostruzione e democratizzazione Mali: odbudowa i demokratyzacja Mali: reconstruction and democratisation On 11 January 2013, at the request of the interim Malian President, France intervened militarily and regained control of the three northern regions of … Continue reading

Asset recovery for Arab countries in transition

6 language versions available in PDF format Rückführung von Vermögenswerten an arabische Länder, die sich im Übergang befinden Recuperación de activos para los países árabes en transición Recouvrement d’avoirs par les pays arabes en transition Recupero dei beni da parte dei paesi arabi in transizione Odzyskiwanie mienia przez kraje arabskie, w których zachodzą przemiany trojowe … Continue reading

European Endowment for Democracy: hopes and expectations

Following the Arab Spring, the European Union and its Member States have established – on a Polish initiative – the European Endowment for Democracy (EED). The aim is to foster and encourage deep and sustainable democracy in transition countries, and in societies struggling for democratisation. It is hoped that the EED will complement other instruments … Continue reading

“Undemocratic” elections in Belarus

6 language versions available “Undemokratische” Wahl in Belarus Elecciones “antidemocráticas” en Bielorrusia Élections “non démocratiques” en Biélorussie Elezioni “non democratiche” in Bielorussia “Niedemokratyczne” wybory na Białorusi A breakthrough in the frozen EU-Belarus relations had been considered possible in advance of parliamentary elections in Belarus on 23 September 2012. But after the event, commentators noted that … Continue reading

Georgia: after the elections

6 language versions available Georgien: nach den Wahlen Georgia: después de las elecciones Géorgie: après les élections Georgia: all’indomani delle elezioni Gruzja: Po wyborach Due to the results of the 1 October 2012 parliamentary elections, Georgia has entered a new era. The opposition party Georgian Dream, led by Bidzina Ivanishvili, won the elections with a clear … Continue reading

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