Azerbaijan’s treatment at the hands of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) may have taken at last a pronounced turn for the better.
Aleksandra Djurović, the head of the PACE Serbian delegation, has pushed for an investigation into irregularities in a recent PACE election, which include allegations of double-voting and counting the votes of delegates whose votes could not count.
In its hamfisted policy, Europe is making a darker future, even while Baku tries to create a brighter one.
International Election Observers: Azerbaijani Parliamentary Elections “Free, Transparent, Democratic”
International observers concluded Monday that Azerbaijan’s parliamentary elections were generally in accord with internationally-accepted standards.
Voters are broadly happy with the direction of the country, even those casting votes for opposition or unaligned candidates.
The effect Nagorno-Karabakh will have on the elections stands in stark contrast to its place in the Western imagination.
Baku is the one island of stability on which Europe can count — yet even this is in danger if Europe cannot keep its attention focused on real concerns.
The resolution of the ongoing Armenian war crime in Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding territories remains Azerbaijan’s most obvious need.
The danger of a Greek exit is that it reveals the fissures long hidden by a great deal of happy talk about a joint European future.
Two years ago, it would have seemed that Baku was a favored ally; today, with Washington’s lurching friend-is-foe approach to policy, the ground appears less certain.