Democratic Self-defence in Romania

A Failed Militant Democracy

19 March 2019

In the next six months, Romania will, at least symbolically, have the opportunity to be a leading voice that will highlight which policy goals should be prioritised for the European Union.

 

However, this ascension comes at a time when EU officials, human rights activists, and democracy advocates are calling the country out over its threats to the rule of law and fundamental rights.

Joining the ranks of other Visegrad countries (i.e. Hungary and Poland) that have seemingly tethered away democratic standards and values while threatening institutions such as the rule of law, Romania balances its symbolic position atop outcries that it is backsliding into authoritarian practices.

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Miles Maftean

A political theorist whose work examines the rise of political extremism and illiberal politics in Central and Eastern Europe. He has a Ph.D. from Central European University where he researched how democratic states respond to the current populist crisis of pluralist democracy.

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