Greece was amongst several major western nations classified as a ‘flawed’ democracy in the latest white paper known as the Democracy Index published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
According to the report, Greece and Cyprus ranked 35thand 39th in the global rankings, in the same ‘flawed’ group as Italy, France and the United States of America, whilst Turkey was ranked 110th of 165 nations and 2 territories.
Greece has a score of 7.29 out of 10 whilst Turkey scored 4.09 out of 10 relegating it to the “hybrid regime,” category, the second lowest after “authoritarian regime.” North Macedonia was also listed under the “hybrid regime” category.
The top five ‘full democracies’ are Norway (9.87), Iceland (9.58), Sweden (9.39), New Zealand (9.26) and Finland (9.25).
The last five places (163-167) of the “authoritarian dictatorships” are Chad, Syria, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and (last) North Korea.
According to the report only 22 countries, home to 430 million people, were deemed “full democracies” by the Economist Intelligence Unit with more than a third of the world’s population, still living under authoritarian rule.
The “Democracy Index” provides a general overview of the situation of Democracies in 167 independent states. It measures countries’ performances in five areas: electoral process and pluralism, the functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties.