Countries that want to join the EU need to show that their democracies work well. However, press freedom — key to any pluralist democracy — is under threat in most of the countries that are now queuing for accession. Independent media are being squeezed out and critical journalists are being sacked, beaten or locked up, writes Centre for European Reform (CER) deputy director Katinka Barysch.
Participants at an OSCE meeting in Prague on confronting anti-Semitism in public discourse have called for more decisive steps to counter expressions of intolerance and hatred. While Jewish stereotypes propagated by anti-Semites may be ancient, modern-day bigots have harnessed new technology to spread and popularize their views, writes James Kirchick of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.