Democratization Versus Democracy: How European Politics Failed the Arab Revolts

7 April 2021. From 18:30 | Webinar | English | Online
slideshow image Freedom graffiti after Tunisia revolution. January 22, 2011. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

How has it been possible for the European Union and its Member States to publicly proclaiming their break with the past Neighbourhood Policy with the southern Mediterranean region, while reproducing precisely the same strategies for the “Southern Association”?

Andrea Teti answers this question in a conference, moderated by Jordi Quero, professor and executive coordinator of the master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations (CEI-UB), in an event co-organized with Casa Árabe (University Arab Classroom) and the EUROSUD Master’s degree – South European Studies (UAM).

According to Teti, European Union policy prior to the Arab revolutions (2011) had two flaws: firstly, the support for authoritarian regimes, prioritizing “stability” and “reformism” rather than asking for the “so-called” European values, such as democratic regimes or human rights reinforcement; secondly, a “paradigm shift” was needed in order to sustain democracy and support more inclusive development than the previous that the European Union had formulated. It seems that, despite announcing a “break with the past”, the European Union had not been able to “change the paradigms” that it previously recognized as unsustainable.



Jordi Quero

Professor CEI

Andrea Teti

Professor University of Aberdeen