Political Parties & Participation


The first parliamentary elections in Armenia after the referendum revealed themselves to be well-administered and respectful of fundamental freedoms. But problems such as vote-buying and interference in the process remain



CSOs are service delivery organisations, as well as advocates for people’s rights and needs. This article examines the shrinking and closing space tendency of CSOs and gives recommendations to EU institutions on how to support them.


Without an apporach to democracy support the European Union will loose credibility.

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The present publication “For Democracy” outlines and analyzes the state of democracy worldwide as well as the possibilities of democracy assistance.

Major sporting events in Brazil in the web of urban planning, speculation and the right to the city


The civil society is globally under pressure. In many countries governments are restricting the activities of civil society organisations with targeted measures. In this dossier we deliver analysis and background knowledge, whilst exploring new scopes for action for civil societies.

Democracy - an introduction

Democracy is under pressure today in many parts of the world, even in its ostensible strongholds. While authoritarian developing states have gained momentum, democratic societies in many EU member states are fighting against a resurgence of populism and right-wing extremism.

In order to protect the democratic values of the European Union and strengthen civil society abroad, the hbs European Union is active in many fields. We work towards the successful implementation and development of EU legal provisions to safeguard minority rights and equality, strengthen the role of citizens in political decision-making processes, and push for the promotion of democratic values in EU foreign and neighbourhood policy.

For more information please contact

Dr. Cornelia HOFFMANN
EU Liaison Manager
Tel. +32-2-743 41 01
Email: cornelia.hoffmann@eu.boell.org


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European Network of Political Foundations

Since its foundation in 2006, ENoP serves as a communication and dialogue instrument, bringing together European political foundations, institutions and civil society actors in the field of democracy promotion. With more than 60 member foundations in more than 20 countries, it actively promotes democracy democracy across Europe through public campagining, advocacy, and lobbying. Together with local partners, it further implements democracy promotion projects in more than 100 developing and transition countries throughout the world.

Latest ENOP Publications

This policy paper aims to provide a joint understanding of active European citizenship and some of its challenges, highlighting amongst others the role of political foundations, education and social media.

Political Foundations have longstanding experience in the field of development cooperation – some of them launched their first programmes and activities in partner countries more than 50 years ago.

The aim of the paper is to highlight the need to adapt Joint Africa-EU Strategy Partnership designs when it comes to thematic core areas and implementation of the Partnership.

This paper argues that political pluralism can only be fostered by going beyond the classical areas of donor engagement such as election support, good governance, human rights and the rule of law.

One of the major challenges for consolidating democratic societies in the Western Balkans is to overcome the persisting gap between civil society and party political actors. This ENOP-paper presents case studies and examples of the work of political foundations and underlines the benefits of establishing dialogue between civil society and party political actors.

The right policy framework and international cooperation are key for managing migration towards fostered development. However, in order to achieve tangible results and positive trends in migration, a new approach must be explored.

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