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The EU’s Deafening Silence on Hong Kong’s Democratic Deficit

In 1997, the EU pledged its support to the “one country, two systems” formula and to Beijing’s promise to bring democratic elections to Hong Kong. Yet the EU has remained silent since the confrontation between Beijing and the pro-democracy activists began to grow hot this summer.

Published on: October 2, 2014
Giovanna Maria Dora Dore is a political economist, formerly at the World Bank and currently a fellow in the Asian Studies Program at the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University.
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  • זאב ברנזון

    fuck the real world always geting in the way of liberalism .

    i will share a secret with you

    true believers in universal humen rights and international justice are imperial hegemonists by definition

    for any rule system to work an enforcer with a near monopoliy on the use of force

    must exist to enforce it ( you are a neocon without knowing it )

    as a nationalist mayself i am not bound by your fantasy framework

    even the american elite will face reality with the relative decline in american gdp compared to the rest of the world

    • Loader2000

      Hey folks, in the post I’m responding to you are getting a more honest idea of what the Russian right really thinks and feels about things than anything I’ve yet seen. There are a couple of elements. However, the main one is a
      fundamental rejection of the idea that freedom works for everybody or that everyone wants it (Classical liberalism = Freedom). What he/she doesn’t explicitly way (but probably believes) are 1.) the moral decay of the West will lead to its downfall and 2) Many if not most of Russia’s problems are part of a big conspiracy of Western powers to keep Russia down (but Russia is tired of
      being pushed around and won’t stand for it any longer).

      I’m not saying I believe any of it. Some of it may be a little true. For example, moral decay probably it causing problems in the West, but
      not only the West because I think Russia is deceiving itself if it thinks banging some pots and pans about re-embracing traditional values is going to halt Russian decline (actually embracing these values is much harder (the divorce rate in Russia is about 50%)).
      Wealth is best created in societies with stable families where your word is your bond. I don’t know about stable families in Russia, but people who run much of Russian industry don’t strike me as any more honest than in the West (probably less so). As far as the Western conspiracy to keep Russia down, this is laughable. Every dictator who has ever existed has blamed the outsiders when things weren’t working out right (Saudi clerics are currently blaming the Mossed for creating ISIS!?!?) and his followers usually believe him because that is far easier than accepting blame for one’s own actions
      and policies and culture.

      I truly want Russia to come out of the economic woes it is sliding into. A wealthy Russia means an economically stable Europe and someone to sell lots of stuff to. However, if we, as a nation, decide we want to back the MAJORITY of Ukrainians with soft economic power, that is our right to do so. Russian communism (which was one of the great disasters of the 20th century) was a direct result
      of intractable Russian authoritarianism during the Czar days. If Russia wants to reject classical liberalism and go down that road again, they are welcome to do so. Just don’t blame the West when things go from bad to worse.

  • S.C. Schwarz

    If the EU can’t be bothered to act while Russia reconquers Eastern Europe why would anyone think they would care about HK?

  • Teodori

    Yet another clarion call for regime change in yet another country. It would be good if the whackos here and other outlets ponder that much of the world does not want to be recast in the image of Westminster. Get over it. In any case, China will not be the turkey shoot that the West has gotten used to in the Middle East. China will kick the West in the pants, particularly the pocket book. You can’t take money from China to fund your Crusade in the Middle East, and then tell China how it should behave. I have yet to hear of anybody telling his banker how he/should conduct himself/herself, and getting away with it.

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