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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 25 Aug 2014

Algeria

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 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

Israel

Mon 25 Aug 2014 The creation of Israel was the culmination of the Zionist movement, whose aim was a homeland for Jews scattered all over the world following the Diaspora. After World War Two (WWII), international support to create an Israeli state immensely grew. The division of the former British mandate of Palestine and the creation of the state Israel in 1948 by the United Nations (UN) has been at the heart of Middle Eastern conflicts for the past half century. The elections for the Knesset are always influenced by the fragile situation in the Middle East. Unlike the previous elections, the general elections of 2013 largely focused on the social and economic situation, instead of the prospects for a permanent peace agreement with the Palestinians. After these elections, the Likud-Beitenu alliance claimed victory. Former President Shimon Peres was replaced by Likud-leader Reuven Rivlin at the end of July 2014. The new President is considered as a defender of minority rights and notably Arab Israeli rights. He was elected by Knesset deputies by 63 votes against 53 over his opponent Meïr Sheetrit. 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

IsraelIsrael

Mon 25 Aug 2014 The creation of Israel was the culmination of the Zionist movement, whose aim was a homeland for Jews scattered all over the world following the Diaspora. After World War Two (WWII), international support to create an Israeli state immensely grew. The division of the former British mandate of Palestine and the creation of the state Israel in 1948 by the United Nations (UN) has been at the heart... Read full update

TunisiaTunisia

Wed 20 Aug 2014 On 26 January 2014 Tunisia’s parliament adopted a new constitution, which is seen as a crucial step to getting the democratic transition back on track for establishing full democracy. The document was drafted by the National Constituent Assembly (NCA), an assembly of Tunisian Islamists, leftists and liberals that was elected in October 2011 to write the new constitution.

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