While the failed coup attempt in July 2016 and subsequent measures taken by the AKP (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi-Justice and Development Party) have accelerated the authoritarian drift in the country, it has also had serious repercussions for EU-Turkey relations by halting the possibility of re-launching a genuine accession process for Turkey in a foreseeable future
UE-Ukraine : l’accord d’association déterré [CaféBabel]
Les chefs d’État et de gouvernement de l’Union européenne se sont entendus le 15 décembre sur l’accord d’association avec l’Ukraine, pourtant rejeté par les Néerlandais par référendum quelques mois plutôt. De quoi soulever quelques questions.
Social rights, the forgotten aspect of liberal democracy
The current global context leaves little room for optimism. After the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump, all eyes are turned to the 2017 French election – fearing the Front National’s accession to power. Distrust towards the political establishment and globalization is often presented as the reason for this shift towards the far-right side of the political spectrum.…
Maidan, the aftermath: could the EU have avoided the Ukrainian drama?
It has been more than three years since Ukraine was shaken by the Euromaidan revolution in 2013. People gathered in the main square of Kiev and voiced their hopes and dreams for a different Ukraine, based on democratic values and without a kleptocratic leadership. The enthusiasm soon faded away when it became clear just how remote Ukraine was from achieving…