The European Union and the Promotion of Gender Democracy after the Arab Spring

14 May 2015. From 18:30 | Conference | English | IEMed, Barcelona
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“The European Union must be consistent. If it promotes universal suffrage and democracy in the Arab countries, then it has to accept the results at the polls.” This is how Annette Jünemann criticizes the political intrusion of the European Union in the countries in transition in the Arab world. Along the same lines, focusing on gender issues, she warns: “From the European Union there is no respect: it is assumed that they have to learn from us.”

The conference, within the cycle “Interpreting the Mediterranean today” organized by the IEMed, addresses the difficulties and contradictions of the EU in its policies to promote gender equality in relation to the recent political evolution processes in the countries Southern Mediterranean partners.

Annette Jünemann has a doctorate in political science from the University of Hamburg. She has been a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, in the department of Middle East studies. She has been an assistant at the Institute for European Studies at the University of Kassel. She is an associate professor at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich and at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg. She is currently a researcher at Helmut Schmidt University. Her main research focuses are International Relations, European Foreign Relations, European Mediterranean Policy, Democratization and Gender.



Ferran Izquierdo

Professor Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Annette Jünemann

Professor Universität Helmut-Schmidt



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