The democratic development in the world is backing down for the thirteenth year in a row. Organizations, human rights defenders, environmental activists and journalists are facing increasing threats and violence, and countries are facing repressive measures that are shrinking the democratic space. The EU, the world's largest donor, plays an important role as a global player and the Union's policies have effects far beyond its borders.
How do Swedish candidates for the European Parliament view the EU's role as a global player? How can and should the EU act to promote democracy and respect for human rights in countries around the world? What should guide the priorities of EU aid: poverty reduction or EU migration policy interests?
Heléne Fritzon, Social Democrats
Maria Weimer, Liberals
Ana Süssner Rubin, Left Party
Gustav Göthberg, Moderates