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The European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity was founded in 1993. We are a platform for co-operation between social democratic parties and political foundations and aim to contribute to the development of (social-) democracy in Eastern & South Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. Within the European Forum 12 political foundations and 20 parties are active.

Country Updates, the current state of democracy in the following countries:

Latest Country Updates

Latest update: Mon 14 Jul 2014

Albania

Mon 14 Jul 2014 Albania gained EU candidate status on June 24th, 2014 after reform efforts and encouragements were agreed by the EU's Enlargement Commissioner. This is a key step for a country that still undergoes major corruption and crime issues.
On Sunday 23 June, the 2013 parliamentary elections took place in which the Alliance for a European Albania won convincingly by obtaining 57.7% of the votes (84 out of 140 seats). This left wing coalition – united under the name Rilindje (Renaissance) – was headed by the Socialist Party of Albania (SP). Left wing Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI), that was part of the former conservative led government, was part of the Alliance for a European Albania as well. Former major of Tirana and SP leader Edi Rama is the new prime minister. Read full update

Algeria

Mon 14 Jul 2014 In the beginning of 2011, widespread protests broke out over the sudden increase in staple food prices. The government lowered the food prices, but the Arab spring in neighbouring countries inspired labour unions, opposition parties and religious groups to organise large-scale protests across the entire country. In late February, Bouteflika’s government lifted the 19-year state of emergency in response to the protests. As a response to the unrest the authorities promised to make the 2012 parliamentary elections a next step on the road towards real democracy. But while officials have billed the elections as 'an Algerian spring' they were mainly marked by a low turnout. Read full update

AlbaniaAlbania

Mon 14 Jul 2014 Albania gained EU candidate status on June 24th, 2014 after reform efforts and encouragements were agreed by the EU's Enlargement Commissioner. This is a key step for a country that still undergoes major corruption and crime issues.
On Sunday 23 June, the 2013 parliamentary elections took place in which the Alliance for a European Albania won convincingly by obtaining 57.7% of the votes (84... Read full update

AlgeriaAlgeria

Mon 14 Jul 2014 In the beginning of 2011, widespread protests broke out over the sudden increase in staple food prices. The government lowered the food prices, but the Arab spring in neighbouring countries inspired labour unions, opposition parties and religious groups to organise large-scale protests across the entire country. In late February, Bouteflika’s government lifted the 19-year state of emergency... Read full update

ArmeniaArmenia

Mon 14 Jul 2014 In contrast to the presidential elections in 2008, which were followed by violent protests and clashes between the opposition and the law enforcement that left 10 people dead, the presidential elections of 2013 were peaceful and calm in nature. With the main perceived opposition challengers not participated, they were marked by a general apathy and a relatively easy victory for incumbent... Read full update

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