Las agendas de la Unión Europea y Marruecos en democracia y derechos humanos. ¿Una convergencia recurrente?

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Laia Carbonell

Documentos CIDOB Mediterráneo, n.º 12

In the 1990s, a process of political liberalisation was commenced in Morocco that aroused great expectations among both the Moroccan people and in the international community. When King Mohammed VI came to power in 1999, the young King was the object of high hopes, as he appeared to be championing the modernisation and democratisation of Morocco. Nevertheless, since then, few substantial steps have been taken toward the full democratisation of the country.

And in the meantime, what has the European Union’s role been? Morocco has become the EU's outstanding student, and enjoys privileged relations with Europe compared with other countries in the region. This is demonstrated by the fact that a plan has been put forward to grant Morocco an "Advanced statute" within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy.

This document analyses why - in spite of what the official discourses advocate - greater progress has not been made in the democratisation in Morocco; the author also claims that the partial reforms that have been carried out at certain points were more in tune with the interests of Rabat and Europe’s governments than with more ambitious processes of democratisation.

ISSN: 1696-9979 (print edition)
ISSN: 1887-1801 (online edition)

56 pp.