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Eastern Europe Witnesses a Quiet Revolution

MIN READJul 15, 2019 | 10:00 GMT

An anti-government protester shouts at supporters of Romania's Social Democratic Party (PSD) coming to attend an EU elections rally in Targoviste on May 19, 2019.

An anti-government protester shouts at supporters of Romania's Social Democratic Party (PSD) coming to attend an EU elections rally in Targoviste on May 19, 2019. Protests to demand transparency might close the gap between the European Union's eastern and western halves.

(DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

A quiet revolution is sweeping Eastern Europe. From the Czech Republic to Albania and from Slovakia to Romania, people are taking to the streets to demand greater transparency from their governments. So far, the results have been modest, but it's a trend that will play an important role in the region for years to come, as well as one that will influence future government decisions and election outcomes. At a time when the European Union is harboring growing worries about the state of democracy and rule of law in its eastern members and candidate countries, voters are sending the message that they want their governments to become more transparent -- something that might ultimately help mend the growing rift between the Continent's western and eastern halves....

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