Nations in Transit 2015: Democracy on the Defensive in Europe and Eurasia 


June 23, Washington: Democratization efforts in Europe and Eurasia face new, increasingly aggressive attacks by authoritarian states and other adversaries, according to Nations in Transit 2015, released on Tuesday by Freedom House.

“Eurasia’s authoritarian regimes tirelessly warn their people that moves toward democracy as seen in Ukraine can only end in chaos, violence, and poverty,” said Sylvana Habdank-Kołaczkowska, project director of Nations in Transit. “To prove them wrong, it is imperative that the EU and its allies provide substantially more financial and political support for the development of a successful democracy in Ukraine. This is clearly an adversarial process, and advocates of democracy cannot prevail if they are unwilling to fight harder for their goals.”

The number of countries in Eurasia receiving the report’s worst classification has almost doubled in the past 10 years. Conditions in Central and Eastern Europe are still better by comparison, but worsening corruption, abuse of power, and the rise of extremist parties have left many countries vulnerable to interference from Moscow.

“Given the nature of the external threat, the EU needs to do more to uphold democratic standards within Europe,” Habdank-Kołaczkowska said. “The bloc’s strength and unity depend on maintaining transparent, accountable governance in every member state.”

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