One of many marketing campaign guarantees of US president-elect Biden is “to host a International Summit for Democracy”, so as “to resume the spirit and shared objective of the nations of the Free World”.
In his first yr in workplace, Biden vows to “deliver collectively the world’s democracies to strengthen our democratic establishments, truthfully confront the problem of countries which are backsliding, and forge a typical agenda to handle threats to our frequent values”.
The European Union ought to be part of this nice initiative from the beginning, and assist form the agenda for strengthening democracy and elementary rights globally.
That is urgently required, as a result of in each area of the world, democracy is underneath assault by populist and nationalist leaders and teams that reject pluralism.
Allow us to be frank, in Europe too, we’re grappling with democratic backsliding and assaults on our democracy from the within.
Nowhere was Trump’s defeat mourned greater than in Poland, Hungary or – more and more – Slovenia, the place the prime minister Janez Janša seemingly endorsed Trump’s conspiracy theories about vote rigging.
Regardless of some progress – for instance the latest settlement to hyperlink the receipt of EU funds to elementary democratic values – the EU has didn’t adequately handle, not to mention cease or reverse, rule of regulation backsliding in Hungary and Poland.
The European Parliament has been within the frontline keeping off these assaults.
Extra so than the opposite establishments, it has been the champion of European values and the rule of regulation.
Parliament has been the prime architect of the brand new European rule of regulation toolkit, and it ought to embrace the proposal of president-elect Biden, by taking the lead as soon as once more on behalf of the European Union to deliver collectively free nations to pursue a technique to rejuvenate liberal democracy globally.
This could embody energetic assist for civil society organisations and media pluralism, who’ve suffered probably the most by the hands of a resurgence of populist nationalist authoritarianism.
One side that has made each the European and the American democracy weak, is that lately energy has been concentrated within the govt department. This vulnerability should be addressed.
A sturdy international democratic revival is intently tied to a revamping of parliamentary politics. The European Parliament ought to join with its counterparts within the US Congress and talk about joint preparations for debate, alternate and cooperation within the run as much as the summit.
The Transatlantic Legislators Dialogue historically focuses on technocratic coverage debates, however the train of collectively elaborating frequent requirements and values regarding the democratic rule of regulation, can be an thrilling new dimension to the transatlantic parliamentary relationship.
In fact this initiative shouldn’t be restricted to legislators within the US and Europe.
A set of vibrant democracies has emerged in a area dominated by authoritarian China. There may be a lot to study from a rustic like Taiwan. Not simply from its pandemic response, but in addition it still-recent transition to a full democracy.
Any profitable democratic initiative with intercontinental attain ought to look past the Atlantic and will embody the widest attainable vary of nations prepared to affix in.
If this summit will happen in 2021, it’ll largely run in parallel to the Convention on the Way forward for Europe, the opposite main occasion coping with the elemental subject of reshaping our European democracy.
This speaks to the truth that on either side of the Atlantic earnest democrats have the identical worries and are keen to search out options. Reinvigorating and wholeheartedly embracing democracy would be the key to answering most questions that come up.
The defeat of Donald Trump won’t mark the demise of populist nationalism, as some have steered.
However Joe Biden’s victory it’s a blow to authoritarian minded leaders, together with in Europe, who admired him and mirrored his behaviour and ways.
In a continent and world the place liberal democracy is in decline, we should use this chance to reinvigorate democracy and arise for the growing variety of residents who’re dropping their freedoms.