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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 20 Aug 2014

Tunisia

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.

A few days later the Tunisian parliament approved a technocratic caretaker government, which is meant to lead the country towards the next elections. The line-up, proposed by the country’s new Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa was approved by 149 lawmakers, with 20 voting against and 24 abstaining. Key posts were given to technocrats with international experience. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for 26 October, while Presidential elections are planned for 23 November 2014. Read full update

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

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.

A few days later... 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

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