“Has a Red Line Been Crossed in Serbia? Enlargement as Yet Another Crucial Test for the German EU Presidency”, Matteo Bonomi (IAI, Italy)

While minimum democratic standards were upheld during the vote, Serbian democracy has taken a hard hit as a result of the partially boycotted parliamentary elections of 21 June 2020. Democratic backsliding and rule of law infringements have increased in Serbia since 2012, when the right-wing populist Serbian Progressive Party gained power. However, the recent parliamentary elections may represent a turning point for Serbian democracy as it appears that a red line has been crossed in terms of pluralism and parliamentary representation.

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