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by Young European Federalists category: Politics
Join JEF Europe in showing that our
Europe is one of values and clap for democracy, virtually and in many
European cities in the week of March 12 - 18, 2018.
Democracy is under pressure.The virus of illiberal democracy is spreading and has infected different European states. The situation of freedom of press, the Rule of Law, freedom of assembly and association have worsened in the past years. In Belarus, Europe’s last dictatorship, clapping on the street is still seen as a subversive sign, NGOs face many difficulties with registration, and at least four people were executed and four people were sentenced to death in 2016 according to Amnesty International. Hungary has implemented a restrictive media law in the early 2010s and adopted a law on foreign funding for civil society just last year; Poland’s judiciary reform has triggered a never-before-seen moment in the history of European integration.
When it comes to democracy, we have one big discrepancy that is rarely spoken about: Living up to the values of the EU is one of the conditions to become a Member State of the EU. However, countries that are already member of the EU are not checked on their compliance. The only possibilities to react are quite drastic, in the form of a rule of law framework or even stronger, by triggering the infamous Art. 7. We think that sticking to European values should be truefully woven into the fabric of the European Union.
Young European Federalists
Non-partisan yet political youth NGO for a democratic and federal Europe, active in 35+ countries. #JEFspirit