Rahr: EU trying to be overseer of Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 22
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:
German political analyst Alexander Rahr believes the EU, through the Venice Commission and other institutions that work closely with it, is trying to play the role of an overseer and teacher of Azerbaijan with regard to democracy.
Democracy is based on people’s will and how it votes, said Rahr commenting on attacks on Azerbaijan by Western institutions and organizations on the eve of the Sept. 26 referendum on amendments to the country’s Constitution.
He said some European countries are disappointed by Azerbaijan’s declining an association with the EU.
The expert added that the EU can’t force Azerbaijan to sign an association agreement, as it tried to do that with Ukraine three years ago.
Rahr also said the EU wants to introduce a new partnership format to Azerbaijan and demonstrates that it will have a strict attitude towards those projects it has interest to cooperate on with Azerbaijan.
The expert believes this partially shows the EU’s misconception that this integration association is still a magnet for all post-Soviet countries.
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