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The Challenges of Democracy in the European Union and in its Neighbouring Countries

Foreign affairs and security policy

When
Monday
Where
CEPS Conference room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge. A sandwich lunch will be served from 12.30 onwards.

CEPS Event

The Challenges of Democracy in the European Union and in its Neighbouring Countries

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This is a seminar to launch the book: "Challenges of Democracy in the European Union and its Neighbors" by Aylin Ünver Noi and Sasha Toperich (SAIS 2015). Democracy, which protects freedom and citizens’ rights more than any other form of governance, is in crisis. In recent years, it has been sorely tested in both the centre of Europe and in its periphery. Citizens’ trust in the European Union’s democratic institutions is waning. The EU’s ‘normative power’ – its ability to spread its norms and values to other states, and its ‘soft power’ – its ability to attract others to its point of view – are now seen as less likely to spread democracy within EU countries or to create a ring of well-governed states among its neighbours. Democracy and its institutions need to adapt to these new challenges. 

Respected authors and experts will offer a fresh, transatlantic perspective on the challenges of democracy in the European Union and its neighbouring countries. 

Host
Dr. Hrant Kostanyan

Researcher at CEPS' Europe in the World unit, Senior Key Expert at the College of Europe Natolin and an Adjunct Professor at Vesalius College

Speakers list
Dr. Sasha Toperich

Senior Fellow and Director of the Mediterranean Basin Initiative at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies-SAIS

Asst. Prof. Aylin Ünver Noi

Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies-SAIS and Assistant Professor and Director of the European Union Application and Research Center at Gedik University, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Mario Telo

Emeritus IEE-ULB President and Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Belgium