Euronews is inviting politicians, intellectuals and opinion shapers to contribute in a long-term debate about democracy in our View section. The rise of populism and the challenges of combatting extremism show us that democracy is in constant need of maintenance and validation. What do we need to do to futureproof our democratic systems and the freedoms we enjoy under them? We’d like to hear your thoughts. The death of liberal democracy has been announced prematurely. There is a global crisis of democracy, something understood traditionally (and fairly, in my view) to be a combination of political self-government and strong protection of civil rights and guarantees, such as judicial independence and effective checks on the executive and legislative branches. The crisis is visible worldwide; from the US to Hungary, from the Philippines to Turkey, and from Venezuela to Poland. But I like to think that it is the sort of a crisis which, rather than being fatal, will trigger … [Read more...] about So, it’s the end of liberal democracy? Think again ǀ View
World International Affairs Far-right populists have made significant inroads everywhere from South America to Southern Europe, whereas centrist, liberal governments have taken a hit. On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel—long touted as the liberal west’s most stalwart defender after the election of Donald Trump signaled the U.S. leadership was turning away from international multilateralism—announced that she would not be seeking re-election as chancellor of Germany in 2021. Meanwhile, far-right populist candidate Jair Bolsonaro was elected on Sunday as Brazil’s new president. He has defended the country’s military dictatorship, which ruled from 1964 to 1985, and expressed support for the use of torture. Over the past year, populist governments have won elections in countries like Italy and Hungary, and the far-right has made strides in elections in Germany and Sweden. Merkel's decision to relinquish her role as the head of Germany's … [Read more...] about With Trump, Bolsonaro in Power, Merkel Exiting, Can Macron or Anyone Save Liberal Democracy?
0 Have your say The alleged murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in his country’s consulate in Istanbul shows why liberal democracy is so important. But, all over the world, it is in decline. A man walks into a consulate of his native country and is never seen again. If ever there was an argument for liberal democracy, the rule of law and free speech, it is the presumed fate of Jamal Khashoggi.According to Saudi Arabia, the Washington Post columnist visited its diplomatic outpost in Istanbul to get a document certifying his divorce so he could remarry, and then left unharmed. If this is true, it is strange he then decided to abandon his fiancee, who was waiting outside, and disappeared off the face of the Earth.The Turkish authorities have offered a different account, telling US officials they have evidence that Khashoggi was tortured and killed inside the building.As a critic of the Saudi royal family, Khashoggi had decided to live in … [Read more...] about Leader comment: Liberal democracy is a life-and-death issue
Nick Timothy Follow 27 September 2018 • 6:00am As The Guardian noted with approval, Jeremy Corbyn used this week’s Labour’s conference to declare class war. If he wins power, we risk not only economic destruction, but an assault on liberal democracy itself. The policies announced in Liverpool are dangerous enough. Labour’s plans to spend more than they could ever raise in taxes, nationalise everything in sight, and hound the private sector would drive away investment and impoverish us all. But more worrying than any policy announcement is the menace Labour poses to its enemies, the rule of law, and our system of government. The presence of Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites among delegates was sadly no surprise. And hateful attacks on Margaret... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only … [Read more...] about Labour threatens liberal democracy itself
Philip Bump, The Washington Post Published 11:56 am PDT, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 President Donald Trump addresses UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. President Donald Trump addresses UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Jeenah Moong Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Jeenah Moong Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 President Donald Trump addresses UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. President Donald Trump addresses UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Jeenah Moong In his speech at the UN, Trump again embraces Poland's shift away from liberal democracy 1 / 1 Back to Gallery … [Read more...] about In his speech at the UN, Trump again embraces Poland’s shift away from liberal democracy