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19 September

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has appealed against the acquittal of former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo in January, over post-electoral violence that killed around 3,000 people following the 2010 presidential elections. 

Kazakh activists have been jailed for taking part in unsanctioned rallies against the construction of Chinese factories in Kazakhstan, just days ahead of a planned anti-government demonstration organised by the banned Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan opposition movement.

Clashes have once again erupted in Honduras between riot police and anti-government protesters, during a protest organised by ex-president Manuel Zelaya, calling on President Juan Orlando Hernández to step down.

In this Carnegie paper, Ken Godfrey and Richard Youngs analyse the geopolitical challenges and recent trends in democracy support, and put forward recommendations for updating European support to democratic governance around the world.

Michael Bloomberg stresses the importance of engaging in political discussions for liberal democracy to prevail, and points out how college campuses in the US are becoming breeding grounds for political extremists, with freedom of speech being increasingly contested out of fear of further divisions.

In this opinion piece for politico, Sophie in’t Veld, a Dutch MEP, argues that the threat to the so-called “European Way of Life” is not immigrants, but rather the populism that seems to be engulfing the EU.

Keen On Democracy – Can Digital Innovations Improve Democracy?

In this episode of Keen On Democracy, host Andrew Keen talks to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former President of Estonia, about how the invention of the World Wide Web has forever changed democracy, as well as Russian influence in the digital age, and how doing away with anonymity gives citizens more power.

RECONNECT Roundtable: The Von der Leyen Commission, 27 September, 17 Rue Archimède, Brussels

Following the announcement of the new Von der Leyen Commission, this RECONNECT roundtable will discuss the proposed line-up and portfolio structure of the Commission, to assess whether the next European Commission will have the capability to tackle the democratic and rule of law challenges that the EU is facing.

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