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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: Wed 3 Dec 2014

Lebanon

Wed 3 Dec 2014 In March 2013 Prime Minister Najib Mikati resigned, because of a political deadlock and increasing tensions as a result of the conflict in Syria. A new prime minister was nominated, but parliamentary elections, originally planned for June 2013, were put off until November 2014. However, in November 2014 Parliament voted to extend its own term until 2017. Despite of these power transitions, some things have not changed: sectarianism has not lost its significance in the Lebanese society and a big contrast still exists between rich and poor and between the different religions. For these reasons, Lebanon is a complicated and intriguing country, with a history of sectarian wars and foreign intervention. These factors for a great deal have shaped present-day Lebanon. Read full update

Ukraine

Tue 25 Nov 2014 Ukraine has a parliamentary presidential system, which means that the country elects on national level a head of state, the president, and a legislature. The president is elected for a five-year term directly by the people. The president needs a majority of the votes in the first round to be elected. Otherwise a second round is held, in which only the two candidates with the highest amount of votes (in the first round) can compete. Read full update

LebanonLebanon

Wed 3 Dec 2014 In March 2013 Prime Minister Najib Mikati resigned, because of a political deadlock and increasing tensions as a result of the conflict in Syria. A new prime minister was nominated, but parliamentary elections, originally planned for June 2013, were put off until November 2014. However, in November 2014 Parliament voted to extend its own term until 2017. Despite of these power transitions, some... Read full update

UkraineUkraine

Tue 25 Nov 2014 Ukraine has a parliamentary presidential system, which means that the country elects on national level a head of state, the president, and a legislature. The president is elected for a five-year term directly by the people. The president needs a majority of the votes in the first round to be elected. Otherwise a second round is held, in which only the two candidates with the highest amount of... Read full update

AlgeriaAlgeria

Mon 25 Aug 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

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