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EU Democracy Assistance in the Mediterranean: What Relationship with the Arab Uprisings?

Abstract : This article analyzes the European Union (EU) policy for democracy assistance toward the Southern Mediterranean countries and tracks changes in the last decade, with a special emphasis on the most recent period. It shows that the EU policy, which goes under the acronym of EIDHR, has evolved, but predominantly in response to internal dynamics rather than to developments in Arab countries. The EU has increasingly provided assistance to local actors on the ground in non-member countries and has differentiated its action in authoritarian countries from countries in transition. When it comes to implementing its own policy, however, the EU is less able to promote democracy than human rights, and most of the funds go to support projects centered on relatively uncontroversial rights such as women's and children's.
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Federica Bicchi, Benedetta Voltolini. EU Democracy Assistance in the Mediterranean: What Relationship with the Arab Uprisings?. Democracy and Security, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2013, 9 (1-2), pp.80 - 99. ⟨10.1080/17419166.2012.736313⟩. ⟨hal-03399902⟩

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