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EPD sends out a weekly democracy news update, Beyond Ballots. The updates cover democracy in the news as well as academic and policy-relevant articles on democracy assistance and development. Here you can find our latest edition and archives. You can subscribe by typing your email address into the box on the right hand side of this page.

13 September

Protesters have torched government buildings in Iraq’s oil-rich Basra province over poor public services, triggering a crackdown from the government.

The upcoming Brazil elections have become uncertain as the most popular candidate Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva has dropped his presidential bid, and the main opposition leader, Jair Bolsonaro, has been hospitalised after being stabbed at a rally.

Over 800 protesters have been detained after opposing the Russian government’s plan to increase the retirement age.

In his latest book, “The Road to Unfreedom”, Timothy Snyder looks at Vladimir Putin’s fascination with the late philosopher Ivan Ilyin, and how this shaped the foundations of fake news around the world.

The Committee to Protect Journalists’ special report found that although violence and murder rates against journalists in Pakistan are declining, the climate for press freedom has deteriorated.

Cas Mudde analyses whether recent coverage on the surge of populism in Europe holds some truth, finding that mainstream parties are still widely favoured by the electorate.

Supporting Democracy in Challenging Times

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event looked at how to support democracy, through the work of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the Solidarity Center.


Beyond Voting: How Meaningful are Elections Today, 19 September, 11.30 – 14.00

Anna Lührmann, Deputy Director of the V-Dem Institute, will discuss the following questions: Where and how are institutional prerequisites for democracy under attack today? How can European actors contribute to protecting and rejuvenating democracy in the short- and long-term?

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