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Article: Why is the EU lenient on Arab democracy

Following Ukraine’s parliamentary elections last year, the European Union praised the polls as being “mostly in line with international commitments.” But the EU also registered concerns over low-quality voter lists and underlined “the need to further strengthen the electoral and constitutional process in order to consolidate the democratic process.”

Three weeks before the elections, Brussels had “saluted” the Moroccan government and its people for holding “successful and transparent elections, in particular through the establishment of a new legal framework.” No concerns were raised, which suggested that the EU perceived Morocco to be more democratic than Ukraine. But is it?

This article was published in The Daily Star Lebanon. You can download it here.


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