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18 July

Russian opposition leaders have led a rally with voters to protest the decision of the Moscow election commission to reject signatures needed for the opposition candidates to qualify for the September City Council elections.

Cuba’s parliament has unanimously approved a new electoral law which creates the position of a prime minister, to be appointed by the president, but has no provisions for a multiparty system, maintaining the Communist Party as the only permitted political organisation in the country.

As one of the few countries with a voting age of 21 years old, the Malaysian parliament has started debating legislation to allow 18-year-olds to vote, a move that many deem crucial for the country’s democratic development.

In the latest issue of the Journal of Democracy, Maria Snegovaya and Sheri Berman argue that traditional parties of the left need to once more offer distinctive and convincing economic policies that promote greater opportunities for all, in order to regain the support they have lost to populist parties.

The newly appointed President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen’s agenda stresses the importance of restructuring the democratic processes of the EU and protecting democratic systems from external interference, including through a European Democracy Action Plan.

Crisis group’s analysis of the current situation in Venezuela explores the possibility of a deal between Guaidó and Maduro, considering recent developments in dialogues between both parties promoted by Norway through the Oslo process.

What is Democracy? – Keynote address

Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations discusses the challenges facing democracy and the tools needed to fight these challenges, in her opening remarks to the event ‘What is Democracy? Stepping Up Engagement Around Goal 16’.

The Future of European Democracy – A Liberal and Democratic Conference;
28 September, Toulouse, France

The aim of the day is to bring together European speakers to debate the future of European society in the wake of the European Parliamentary Elections, Brexit and the rise of populism through sessions in which the future of European democracy, security and defence will be discussed

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