Friday, July 4, 2008

State of democracy in Europe

The fact that people write reports on this subject can be a good thing. I guess some people sense that there is a problem. But it would have been better if we would also see the opportunity.

The opportunity is, especially in the European context, the democratic development of Europe.

But I don't see enough urgency in this report. Focusing on integration is evasive. Political participation of migrants should be the focus even without integration.

The role of political parties is not adressed.

The potential impact of stimulating democratic development in countries of origin is not taken into account.

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