In the midst of the ongoing refugee crisis, the European Union necessarily puts a strong focus on its own backyard when it comes to guaranteeing the protection of human and fundamental rights. In order to further sensibilise the European institutions for the need of human rights protection in their respective home countries and also to learn first-hand what mechanisms have been established in Europe to safeguard these rights, a group of legal experts from various Latin American NGOs and Think Tanks came to Brussels to meet with EU representatives. The delegation comprised a wide scope of countries, with participants from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Mexico and Honduras. Continue reading
To mark the UN International Day of Democracy some of the main democracy practitioners – The European Network of Political Foundations, the European Partnership for Democracy, The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and the European Endowment for Democracy – discussed approaches to supporting democratisation processes with EU policy makers in Brussels. Continue reading
In many African countries improvements in good governance are accompanied by economic growth. However, increases in growth and trade are not equal to “development”, thus more efforts have to be directed to improve good governance and the efficiency of governments in Africa. Asked about policy recommendations on how the EU could support democracy in (South) Africa, there’s a clear message: The EU must step up its game and understand that facilitating trade trumps development aid.
“Bridging the Gap – Democracy: Between Old Models and New Realities”. This was the theme of the first edition of the World Forum for Democracy organized by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg this week. In view of recent developments in the Southern and Eastern European Neighbourhood the Council of Europe initiated a debate on the state of democracy in the world by bringing together political leaders, national and local elected representatives, civil society activists as well as academics and journalists. The forum was marked by the presence of Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations as well as Ms. Tawakkol Karman (Yemen), Nobel Prize winner (2011). Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom was a partner in the forum and together with the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) co-organizer of the round table “Moving beyond Electoral Democracies – Furthering Level Playing Fields in the Electoral Process”.