Democracy has declined more in Europe than any other region in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Releasing its statistics for the Democracy Index 2018, the EIU noted a “democratic malaise” felt particularly in western Europe, where the state of democracy has declined for a third consecutive year.

However, even with a slight increase reported in 2018, eastern Europe has deteriorated the most since the EIU started its Democracy Index in 2006.

Despite the reported “democratic malaise,” countries in Europe still dominated the top of the table globally with Norway in first place, and Iceland and Sweden in second and third places respectively.

Russia was ranked the least democratic country in Europe, reaching 144th place on the global chart, below countries such as Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.

Western Europe features heavily with countries that the report considers to be “full democracies,” whereas Europe’s east fails to achieve…

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  1. Unfortunately the EIU Classifies the USA as a flawed democracy. Under Trump, I can only see America’s democracy score continuing to decline.

    What I find interesting is that although the score for my own country of Aotearoa New Zealand hasn’t changed since 2010, its ranking continues to rise as the scores of other highly ranked countries slowly decline. It’s a sad state of affairs to think that we are now placed fourth, not by doing better at the democracy stakes, but just by standing still.

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    • Both of those are very insightful observations. Well done, Barry. For the record, the Democracy Index had classified the U.S. as a “flawed democracy” before President Trump; although, democracy certainly hasn’t improved in America under his administration.

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      • Yes, it rated the US as flawed in 2016, but that’s the inevitable result of a long slow drop in the democracy score since the EIU began scoring countries in 2006. I don’t see that trend changing any time soon, regardless of which political party holds power.

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