Category: Europe

China’s ‘garbage propaganda’ on Covid-19 giving it strategic advantage?

     

A U.S. senator has accused China of “garbage propaganda” about the coronavirus pandemicc. The European Union says claims that it is “disintegrating in the face of COVID-19 are trending on… Read more »

Pro-democracy actors’ powerful message at a time of moral crisis

     

The picture for democracy and civil society was mixed across the European Neighbourhood in 2019, according to Jerzy Pomianowski, Executive Director of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED). Some of… Read more »

Surveillance or solidarity? Democracies respond to Covid-19

     

Pandemics are democratizing experiences and can also catalyze social change. The Atlantic’s Ed Yong writes: People, businesses, and institutions have been remarkably quick to adopt or call for practices that… Read more »

Global struggle for democracy ‘lacking leadership’

     

The past twelve months registered the 14th consecutive year of decline in global freedom, according to Freedom in the World 2020, the latest survey of political rights and civil liberties… Read more »

Media capture: 21st century autocrats’ toolkit

     

Media capture is a situation in which the media are controlled “either directly by governments or by vested interests” which seek political influence rather than profit, according to analyst Alina… Read more »

Democratic rights popular but commitment not so robust

     

While democracy remains a popular idea globally, average citizens’ commitment to democratic principles is not consistently robust, according to a new 34-nation Pew Research Center survey. Overwhelming majorities say the… Read more »

Democratic resilience – new directions for civil society support

     

The acquittal of civil society activist Osman Kavala followed by his absurd rearrest shows the abysmal state of rule of law and democracy in Turkey, notes analyst Marc Pierini. The… Read more »

Tracking conditions for citizen action in democratic transitions

     

While Tunisians remain committed to democracy, they are feeling the painful lack of economic and political progress, argues analyst Jake Walles. Tunisians generally describe the essential objectives of the 2011… Read more »

‘Havel Speaking, Can You Hear Me?’

     

A special event Václav Havel, Speaking Today, with a keynote address by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (above), will highlight the historic speech 30 years ago before the… Read more »